Branching Out at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Paris Lawson

By Paris Lawson | Digital Content Reporter |

Navigating through a dense canopy of foliage, Thunder center Mike Muscala and guard, Terrance Ferguson were on the hunt for the elusive Chicle Tree. The pair led a group of middle schoolers from John Rex Middle school in a scavenger hunt at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Ferguson and Muscala spent the afternoon with students learning everything from how to plant a pizza garden to the different ways to use the needles from a Zombie Palm.

“This is one of the most fun experiences we’ve ever had here at the gardens,” said Joel Bramhall, Director of Education at Myriad Botanical Gardens. “We host 155 different workshops and symposiums all throughout but it’s not very often that you have professional basketball players coming in to work with your students, especially when it’s nature-based learning.”

The duo also spent some time with the students in their school within the Botanical Gardens. The class showed Ferguson and Muscala how to 3D print, operate a green screen and how to operate a robot.

“It was really impressive,” said Muscala. “Obviously, times have changes since I was in school, but it was cool to see their passion for it and that they were enjoying it too.”

The teammates were also involved in helping the students to plant a pizza garden. Planting everything from garlic, chives, basil and oregano, Ferguson and Muscala had their hand in everything ­­­– including the dirt.

“I got my hands dirty today, for the first time,” said Terrance Ferguson when it came to gardening. “Today was definitely a first experience with that.”

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