Here’s Your Last Call To Smell Oklahoma’s Corpse Flower
Big things happened at the Myriad Botanical Gardens over the weekend... The infamous corpse flower bloomed, filling the halls with the smell of death. If you wanted a truly unique experience, this is your last chance.
If you didn't know, corpse flowers only bloom usually once in a decade, every seven to ten years. It's one of nature's flowers that doesn't count on the various traditional pollinators of the world... bees, butterflies, etc... but rather death-eating beetles and flesh flies, hence the smell.
Renowned for smelling like a ripe corpse in the summer heat, it is one of the most beautiful and repulsive things a person can experience at the same time. I caught the show the last time it bloomed... I'd rate it 10/10, but will never willingly subject myself to it ever again. It leaves a lasting memory.
That being said, you should totally experience it. These flowers are ultra-rare and the Myriad Botanical Garden corpse flower exhibit is free to check out.... even though they're asking for a super cheap $5 donation so they may continue to cultivate unique and smelly experiences like this for all Oklahomans and travelers alike.
While the stench is starting to dissipate and the flower has begun its slow return to normal, you would still be able to get the full experience if you showed up tonight. (Monday, April 4th 2022) It's located just outside of Bricktown so the travel time is just about an hour and a half-ish... Pro-Tip, take I-240 to I-35, stay straight toward I-235 and exit there on the East side of Bricktown. Easy peasy.