Oklahoma Contemporary
Two figures and a silver building are in the background of a tight shot of tall purple flowers

Art Garden

Oklahoma Contemporary's Art Garden

Seedlings in dark soil with a stake reading "Madder"

The Art Garden, planted just south of our main building, provides a space to grow and nurture plants as accessible art material. Species such as Hopi Black Sunflower and Dyers Chamomile can be dried and transformed into inks, dyes and paints. The garden serves as a haven for native species, pollinators and humans alike.

What is an art garden?
A way to grow plants to make your own paints, dyes and inks that are lower cost and much kinder to the environment.

Who uses it?
Our camps, classes, workshops and family programs use the plants and pigments made from these plants.

Inspired to plant your own art garden?
Try some of our favorite plants.

Tight shot of a plant with maroon leaves and a tall, fuzzy-looking purple flower

Madder (Rubia tinctorum)
Dyer’s Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctora)
Onion skins (Allium cepa)
Rhubarb (Rheum species)
Dahlia (Dahlia species)
Marigold (Tagetes species)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yellow Cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus)
Indigo (Persicaria tinctoria and Indigofera suffruticosa)
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)
Scabiosa (Scabiosa atropurpurea)
Hopi Black Dye Sunflower (Helianthus annuus macrocarpas)
Dyers Chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria)
Red cabbage (Brassica oleracea)


Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

see additional holidays


Visit us at 11 NW 11th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003

Oklahoma Contemporary
P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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