The last thing I expected to find in Oklahoma City, the capital of Oklahoma, was a huge expanse of green space in the middle of the city devoted to the botanical world, but the idea of protecting a natural place in the heart of Oklahoma City’s downtown area has been with the city since the 1960s. The 17-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens was named in 1970, and a trust was created to oversee the growth of this public space. In 1981, the centerpiece of the botanical gardens—the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory—was conceived, and in 1988, it opened to the pubic.
This massive cylindrical structure has served as a focal point in the community, a place where education mixes with color mixes with wonder. More than 1,000 plants representing three ecological tropic zones—the rainforest, islands and the desert/savanna—are housed within the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Though its not teeming with animals (I was expecting free-roaming lizards, butterflies and ground birds), the conservatory is a fun place to wander around for a bit and snap some photos before heading out to explore the rest of the grounds. Here are a few of my favorite shots:
My visit to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory was paid for by Oklahoma City Tourism, but all opinions are my own.