Collinsville Pollinator Haven

Undergoing the process of transforming our suburbanite grass-topia into a more pollinator (and other wildlife) friendly space. We have removed most of the exotic plants from our front flower beds and replaced them with native milkweeds, coneflowers, spiderworts, salvias, lance leaf coreopsis, and mountain mint. My wife and I planted an Eastern Redbud tree in the front yard as well. We plan on adding a solitary bee house and a water source. We plan on adding more native plants to improve the space in the future. We hope to meet the qualifications next year to register our garden as a monarch waystation!

Art of the Monarch

I began the Art of the Monarch as an after school residency with Hawthorne schools and created an Art Show from it that went on display for Tulsa Mayfest in 2014.

Since then I have continued this as an offering through AHHA and teach it in the schools. This semester I have 2 after school residencies and teach it in the spring to a lot of second grade classes. I’m currently putting together an art proposal/teaching project for Gathering Place in the spring. I teach the migration cycle, the life cycle, about the habitats they need to survive and what has effected the decline of their population. I often dress up and continue to evolve and change the class every year.

Gustafson Family Garden

Medium sized (for now) butterfly garden in the front and back yard. great outdoor activity for the whole family. also great opportunity for the kids to learn the importance of pollinators. Starting small and will add plants and space every year.

Embroidery Thread Monarch Wing Earrings

I hand make butterfly earrings from embroidery thread which are hand tied, dyed, stiffened, cut, then painted with the classic monarch wing pattern, completing the 4-5 day process. Every purchase of butterfly earrings from gives directly back to the Monarch conservation efforts, and come with the option of including a packet of milkweed seeds.

Miss Bloomers Butterly Garden

Located behind our home on the greenbelt adjacent to Lake Hefner. Registered as a Monarch Waystation and planted with 3 varieties of lavender, salvias, larkspur, cosmos, butterfly bush, native grey headed coneflower, butterfly weed, several varities of milkweed, vitex, rose of sharon, cleome, lantana, and native grasses. The garden attracts many bees and pollinators and butterflies.