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Myriad Botanical Gardens

Photograph © Myriad Botanical Gardens
Photograph © Myriad Botanical Gardens
In 1964, I.M. Pei was commissioned by city leaders to create a revitalization plan for downtown Oklahoma City. The area that is now the Myriad Botanical Gardens was originally designed by I.M. Pei to model Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. Myriad Gardens feature a 224 foot conservatory (The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory) and built with translucent acrylic panels. It bridges a natural lake and has a 35 foot waterfall, a Rain Forest, a Dry Tropics zone, a Californian Zone, a birdhouse, a reptile house, a fishpond and a sandy beach. A path leads to the top of a mountain, past the source of the waterfall and to a tropical skywalk. The rock formations were made by taking latex molds from real rocks. The internal atmosphere is sometimes hot-dry and sometimes misty-wet. The Crystal Bridge also has a collection of 2000 orchirds, including Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Oncidium, Vanda and Paphiopedilum. The outside garden is square in plan but has rolling hills.

Myriad Gardens Foundation, 100 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, OK 73102

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  • almost 4 years by Traveling gardener 4 / 5

    Shade, water, sculpture and flowers welcomed me on a 100 degree day. This grand public space is a tribute to the importance of gathering space for theatre, concerts, education and play in the life of a great city. The Crystal Bridge inside and out is a beautiful feature . It is worth visiting both day and night. Discover contemporary Oklahoma in this garden.

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