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Larry Nichols to be honored at 2012 Orchids in October Luncheon

The annual Orchids in October Luncheon to benefit the Myriad Botanical Gardens is set for Oct. 18. This year's recipient of the 2012 R. Tolbert III Crystal Orchid Award is J. Larry Nichols, CEO of Devon Energy.
by Heather Warlick Published: October 15, 2012

New features include spacious entry plazas, a Children's Garden, a new visitors' information center, a grand event lawn and pavilion, a dog park, a seasonal activity plaza, and numerous water features.

The Groves, a sycamore tree-lined path along the west side of the Gardens, was inspired by the Tuileries Garden in Paris, France.

The Grand Event Lawn can hold up to 2,500 visitors or provide 28,000 square feet of space for smaller groups to throw around a football, have a picnic, or enjoy any number of passive and active activities.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens' outdoor grounds include gently rolling hills.

Hundreds of trees, including both native and non-native species, are planted throughout the grounds.

The Gardens' lake covers two acres and is fed by the existing water table 22 feet below street level. The lake is home to several varieties of fish including goldfish and Japanese koi, some of which reach as large as 20 pounds.

Situated on the lake next to the Crystal Bridge, the Water Stage provides seating for more than 500 people. It has become a popular spot for concerts, theatrical productions, weddings and other special events.

Dotting the outdoor grounds, amid the lake and gardens, stand several large sculptures. Some were purchased by the city of Oklahoma City and some were donated; all are unique and beautiful.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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