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Looking back: Myriad Gardens celebrates 28 years

It's been 28 years since the grand opening of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, but with each season, the varied plant life within the gardens seems to renew itself, inviting visitors to enjoy whatever has bloomed, been planted or transformed with each new day.

This view of the Myriad Botanical Gardens is looking towards the Crystal Bridge on the east side, where replanting for spring was to begin soon. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]
This view of the Myriad Botanical Gardens is looking towards the Crystal Bridge on the east side, where replanting for spring was to begin soon. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

 

Tulips bloom in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]
Tulips bloom in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

The Prairie Garden area of the Myriad Botanical Gardens features plants that are native to Oklahoma. [PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN]
The Prairie Garden area of the Myriad Botanical Gardens features plants that are native to Oklahoma. [PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Decades earlier, the idea of the Myriad Botanical Gardens was just beginning to take shape. Here are some photos from The Oklahoman's archive:

In 1976, New York architect William J. Conklin was explaining a miniature model of the Myriad Gardens project to a group of city and business leaders. Viewing the model were, from left, Councilman Neal Balkan; Paul Strasbaugh, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce executive vice president; Mayor Patience Latting; James G. Harlow, Chamber president; Dean A. McGee, board chairman of Kerr-McGee Corp.; and Ralph E. Bradshaw, personnel officer of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. [Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman Archives]
In 1976, New York architect William J. Conklin was explaining a miniature model of the Myriad Gardens project to a group of city and business leaders. Viewing the model were, from left, Councilman Neal Balkan; Paul Strasbaugh, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce executive vice president; Mayor Patience Latting; James G. Harlow, Chamber president; Dean A. McGee, board chairman of Kerr-McGee Corp.; and Ralph E. Bradshaw, personnel officer of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. [Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman Archives]

Shovels were throwing soil during the Myriad Gardens groundbreaking in November 1977 where Ed Cook, left, director of the Myriad Gardens Authority; Richard Harrison, center, president of the Chamber of Commerce; and City Manager Jim Cook joined others in signaling construction of the complex. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]
Shovels were throwing soil during the Myriad Gardens groundbreaking in November 1977 where Ed Cook, left, director of the Myriad Gardens Authority; Richard Harrison, center, president of the Chamber of Commerce; and City Manager Jim Cook joined others in signaling construction of the complex. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]

This 1978 photo shows mounds of debris and dirt where foundations and street pavement were being removed to make way for the Myriad Gardens project. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]
This 1978 photo shows mounds of debris and dirt where foundations and street pavement were being removed to make way for the Myriad Gardens project. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]

In September 1982, the Myriad Gardens was beginning to take shape against the Oklahoma City skyline.  [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives]
In September 1982, the Myriad Gardens was beginning to take shape against the Oklahoma City skyline. [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives]

In March 1984, the botanical tube was becoming part of the project landscape. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]
In March 1984, the botanical tube was becoming part of the project landscape. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]

By June 1984, rows and rows of circular designs could be seen as the tube construction progressed. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]
By June 1984, rows and rows of circular designs could be seen as the tube construction progressed. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]

In May 1986, molded fiberglass and concrete panels had been installed in the north end of the Myriad Gardens botanical tube. [Oklahoman Archive Photo]
In May 1986, molded fiberglass and concrete panels had been installed in the north end of the Myriad Gardens botanical tube. [Oklahoman Archive Photo]

On March 25, 1988, Gilbert Fry of Spencer, as well as other guests were able to tour the Crystal Bridge in the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]
On March 25, 1988, Gilbert Fry of Spencer, as well as other guests were able to tour the Crystal Bridge in the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]

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In September 1982, the Myriad Gardens was beginning to take shape against the Oklahoma City skyline.  [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives]

In September 1982, the Myriad Gardens was beginning to take shape against the Oklahoma City skyline. [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives]

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Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-581c1afd587fcaf60bc0d66fb09f5d11.jpg" alt="Photo - Matt Stephenson, of Moore, stops to take a photo of a flower during the anniversary of the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, March 25, 2016. The Crystal Bridge opened on this date 28 years ago and as part of the anniversary, admission was free today. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman" title="Matt Stephenson, of Moore, stops to take a photo of a flower during the anniversary of the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, March 25, 2016. The Crystal Bridge opened on this date 28 years ago and as part of the anniversary, admission was free today. 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The Crystal Bridge opened on this date 28 years ago and as part of the anniversary, admission was free today. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman" title="A family pauses on a bridge during the anniversary of the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, March 25, 2016. The Crystal Bridge opened on this date 28 years ago and as part of the anniversary, admission was free today. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>A family pauses on a bridge during the anniversary of the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, March 25, 2016. The Crystal Bridge opened on this date 28 years ago and as part of the anniversary, admission was free today. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6c2653bc627b36f0c90cc2346ed41bd8.jpg" alt="Photo - Michael Chiri and his wife, Lauren take photos out the window in the north end during the anniversary of the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, March 25, 2016. The Crystal Bridge opened on this date 28 years ago and as part of the anniversary, admission was free today. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman" title="Michael Chiri and his wife, Lauren take photos out the window in the north end during the anniversary of the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, March 25, 2016. The Crystal Bridge opened on this date 28 years ago and as part of the anniversary, admission was free today. 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The Crystal Bridge opened on this date 28 years ago and as part of the anniversary, admission was free today. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Orchids at the entrance during the anniversary of the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, March 25, 2016. The Crystal Bridge opened on this date 28 years ago and as part of the anniversary, admission was free today. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure>
Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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