For the first time in more than 30 years, the Crystal Bridge Conservatory is about to undergo a major facelift. The renovations will cost nearly $10 million. “It needs a little updating. Some of the infrastructure is aging and needs replacing, so we thought let's take this opportunity and think big and really make an even better crystal bridge,” Myriad Botanical Garden president and CEO Maureen Heffernan said.
Heffernan said the design team has been working on this for the past two years. The conservatory will feature more colorful plants and will improve the accessibility for people with disabilities and educational resources.
“When you really start to focus in on a particular plant and learn about it and how it thrives and survives and how it competes and cooperates in nature, it's just riveting,” Heffernan said.
With a new look, Heffernan hopes it will attract new visitors.
“We want to take advantage of all the new development south of Myriad Gardens, Scissortail Park, the hotel, the convention center,” Heffernan said. “We want to be part of that to make this Crystal Bridge a really strong attraction.”
The $9.7 million dollar project is being funded by several groups, but they’re still raising money for renovations. Click here for more information.
While the bridge is under construction, the lobby will remain open.
Feature classes and other programs. Right now, Heffernan said they're preparing to clear out the conservatory with a plant sale on May 29. It will move some plants to the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City greenhouses.
The crystal bridge conservatory will be open to the public in Fall 2022.