301 W. Reno
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Crystal Bridge: Ticket Required
Open daily, 9am-5pm;
Sunday, 11am-5pm
Outdoor Grounds: Open daily 6am-11pm

Orchids in October luncheon set to honor OG&E

OG&E has been honored with the 2023 James R. Tolbert III Crystal Orchard Award.  This award honors an individual or organization that has greatly helped the Myriad Botanical Gardens in its mission of horticultural excellence, education and community programming.   This recognition was given during the Orchids in October ceremony and luncheon at the Gardens on Thurs., Oct. 19. Sean Trauschke, the Chairman, President, and CEO of OGE Energy Corp., accepted the award.

OG&E has provided decades of support for the Gardens’ holiday light displays, bringing joy and creating unforgettable memories for visitors during the festive season. Moreover, they generously funded the inaugural Pumpkinville event in 2012, which has now become our largest and most beloved event, attracting thousands of individuals and families who joyfully celebrate the autumn season.

In 2014, OG&E made a substantial contribution that helped facilitated the start of early design planning for the renovation of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory.

In 2019, OG&E opened “Together Square,” a new downtown green space. This space is accessible to the public and has allowed the nonprofit organization Fields and Future to build a basketball and futsal court that is free for everyone to use. Additionally, this green space is greatly utilized by John Rex School, providing a wonderful outdoor area just steps away from the downtown school.

OG&E awarded Scissortail Park a grant to create a Monarch Garden near the Boathouse, promoting monarch conservation. The park’s horticulture staff completed planting the garden in late summer. Visitors can visit the garden and take an information from the Monarch Mailbox to learn how to create their own backyard garden to support Monarchs and other pollinators.  OG&E also sponsored the Park’s holiday lighting, including the Union Station lighting with music for the past three years.

Through their various contributions and support, OG&E has proven to be a valued partner not only for Myriad Gardens and Scissortail Park but for many other nonprofits in our community.

Past Recipients of the James R. Tolbert III Crystal Orchid Award

2002 Jim Tolbert
2003 Dannie Bea Hightower
2004 Ginny Greenberg
2005 Morton Payne
2006 Jean McLaughlin
2007 James Pickel
2008 LaDonna and Herman Meinders

2009 Michael Laird
2010 Marsha See
2011 Bob Calvert
2012 Larry Nichols
2013 Avis Scaramucci
2014 Linda Horn
2015 Jim Morley

2016 Bob Meinders
2017 Governor Bill Anoatubby
2018 Carl Shortt
2019 Meg Salyer
2020 event cancelled
2021 Jil and Tony Boghetich
2022 Inasmuch Foundation