Tulsa Botanic Garden celebrates 2017 Autumn In the Garden - Oct. 5-Nov. 12

From October 5 through November 12, Tulsa Botanic Garden is transforming into an autumn paradise!  The popular Pumpkin Patch and Scarecrows in the Garden are back!  Featured elements throughout Autumn in the Garden include a hay maze, pumpkin displays and music every Thursday evening in October.

The Garden has challenged area businesses, schools, organizations and families to “Think Outside the Overalls” in creating an entry for Scarecrows In the Garden. From October 5 to November 12, scarecrows will be on display in garden areas for visitors to enjoy and vote on their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award!


“kick-off party” for Autumn In the Garden will begin a series of music nights on Thursdays in October. Each Thursday evening will feature a different Tulsa singer/songwriter performing in the Garden with a local food truck on hand to make picnicking a breeze. On Thursday, October 5Jacob Tovar will get feet tapping with his “honky-tonk country tinged with red dirt” music. Marshall Brewing Co. will be on hand with samples of their local craft beer for the kick-off and dinner options will be available from Andolini’s Pizzeria food truck. Food is available at 5pm and music starts at 6pm. Beer and wine will also be available each night. 

Other Thursday music nights in October include:

Thursday, October 12 – Singer and pianist Chris Foster will bring his “New Orleans/Delta Blues” piano songs to the Garden. My Baby Can Cook food truck will have southern, home-style menu items. 

Thursday, October 19 – Tulsa singer-songwriter Jared Tyler will join us with his soulful, folk/country sounds. Pick up dinner from Hot Mess BBQ food truck. 

Thursday, October 26Pete Tomshany will share his dynamic, eclectic and adventurous stylings on acoustic guitar starting at 6pm. Mr. Nice Guys food truck will have tacos and more. 


The artful and unique 3rd annual Pumpkin Patch (October 7, 10am – 5pm) is a collaboration with Tulsa Glassblowing School where you can purchase handcrafted glass pumpkins of all sizes and colors (ranging from $15 - $375). Garden Deva will bring metal sculptures for your autumn and Thanksgiving décor and Anitra’s Eye Photography will have fall and botanical-themed prints and cards for sale. Families can create a glass mosaic craft with Tulsa Glassblowing School ($7). Botanic Garden staff will have plants for sale with proceeds benefitting the Garden. Family friendly games round out a fun day for all ages. Elote Café food truck will be on site for a convenient lunch option. 

On Saturday, October 14 kids and families can drop-in from 1 - 4pm for Pumpkin Painting for Kids lead by local artist Rosemary Daugherty. Cost is $5 per pumpkin for Garden members; $6 for non-members, 

Not to be left out, adults can get in on the fall full with a Fall Flower Arranging workshop on Sunday, October 15 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided to create a fall flower arrangement nestled in a gourd. Cost is $55 for Garden members; $65 for non-members. Limited spaces, registration required by October 11. 

Families can come out for Fall Break Story Times each morning, Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, October 21. Story times are geared for ages 4-10 years and start at 10:30am with a craft following. On Thursday, October 19, the book Leaf Man will be the inspiration for making leaf collages. Friday’s story will be Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens. On Saturday, October 21, a seed craft will follow reading of A Seed is Sleepy

Local artist and teacher Annie Ferris will lead a Pumpkinhead Workshop for kids ages 5 to 12 at the Garden on Sunday, October 29, 2 - 4pm. Children will learn about the Wyeth family artists and create their own “Pumpkinheads” based on Jamie Wyeth’s self-portrait. Limited spaces, Cost is $55 for Garden members; $65 for non-members. Registration required.

Our last Late Night Thursday will be for the scarecrows and the dogs with Dog Night (November 2, 5 - 8pm). Pups can vote for their favorite scarecrow (with a paw-print ballot) and navigate the peninsula maze.

Crisp fall air and a full moon will help light the way during a 1.5 mile Nature Trail Full Moon Hike on Saturday, November 4 from 8 to 9pm. Cost is $20 for Garden members; $25 for non-members. 

For more details on Autumn In the Garden events, view our events calendar or call 918-289-0330.


Tulsa Botanic Garden is an all-season oasis blooming in the Osage Hills northwest of Tulsa. The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces feature over 7,500 plants with seasonal beds, beautiful art deco designs and water features, a spectacular spring display of over 100,000 bulbs, and unique skyline view of downtown Tulsa. The Children’s Discovery Garden is a wonderland of interactive fun for the whole family including the iconic Spring Giant, spitting animal fountains, carnivorous plants, Sensory Walk, whirligigs, and the Tree Fort where the canopy provides a natural backdrop for storytelling and imaginative play. The Lakeside Promenade gracefully encompasses a seven-acre lake, and the Cross Timbers Trail provides a 1.5 mile hike through the trees. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm with additional special hours and events. Admission: Free for members, $8 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 and under. Memberships are available beginning at $50. Tulsa Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, call 918-289-0330 or visit www.tulsabotanic.org.