The Gardens at Science Museum Oklahoma

SMO Gardens

Escape to the SMO Gardens! Explore native plants, meet the museum's bunnies and koi fish, learn about horticulture during 'What's Growing On?' events, play yard games, and much more.

The Gardens at Science Museum Oklahoma are made up of native and Oklahoma-proven plants. You'll find a kids’ garden, herb garden, native plants garden, a Monarch Waystation, a vegetable garden and orchard, a water garden, a Japanese garden, a hobby greenhouse, lawn games, spacious picnic tables, miniature excavators, a bunny hutch that demonstrates permaculture and aquaculture, and a whole lot more!

The gardens at SMO are a typically a serene escape with picnic tables and four lawn spaces perfect for a lunch or lawn games. The gardens are often an ideal location for sensory-sensitive guests who may need a quieter, more predictable environment. The gardens can be accessed through Pavlov's Cafe or through the doors on the south central side of the Science Floor.

What's Growing On at Science Museum Oklahoma

Learn how our (and your!) garden grows! During SMO's regular What's Growing On? programs, guests will learn about gardening techniques, maintenance, and follow along as gardens and grounds staff take care of the SMO Gardens.

Events are included with general admission unless noted and take place at 11 a.m. on select Saturdays. Check out the dates and activities below:


Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Flowering Bulbs

Learn about flowering bulbs like the daffodil, tulip, and crocus, then plant your own crocus to take home! Included with general admission. Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Painting Pumpkins

Paint pumpkins in the SMO Gardens! Pumpkins are available while supplies last and are included with general admission. One pumpkin per person, please.

Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fall Walking Tour

Time to get your steps in — take a walking tour of the gardens with our grounds team and learn all about what’s growing on!


Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pruning Workshop

Join the SMO Gardens team to learn proper pruning techniques as well as the tools required for pruning.

Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pinecone Turkeys

Decorate your Thanksgiving table! Make a turkey using pinecones and a variety of craft items.