The Children’s Garden at Myriad Botanical Gardens is about to transform into a version of “The Secret Garden” — albeit, organizers said, with an Oklahoma flair.
“The Secret Garden” is, of course, a beloved 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and a classic of British children’s literature. The novel focuses on 10-year-old orphan Mary, who is sent to live at her uncle’s English estate. She befriends 12-year-old Dickon and discovers a sickly child, Colin, in a hidden bedroom. Colin apparently has a spinal injury and cannot walk, but Mary and Dickon take him into the garden, where his health gradually improves. Soon he is able to walk and run. His time in the secret garden has cured him.
The Oklahoma City version will include crafts, activities and displays. It will be part of a special “The Secret Garden” Spring Festival running from Friday through May 18.
Visitors will be transported “to a lush English garden filled with gorgeous flowers, a sassy robin and lots of children’s laughter, making lasting memories for kids and adults alike,” according to a news release. Activities will include jump roping, a scavenger hunt and a class in which children will be able to make their own secret gardens. Vignettes throughout the Children’s Garden will help bring the book to life.
Admission is free for Gardens members. Non-member fees are $3 per adult and $5 per child. Some activities are available at additional cost. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except for this Saturday when the garden will stay open until 8 p.m. so families can enjoy a performance by the Lyric Theatre and a screening of “The Secret Garden” movie on the Water Stage.
For more information or to register for events call 445-7080 or visit www.myriadgardens.org.