Madison Square Monarch Garden

Madison Elementary in Norman has been adopted by Lowe’s Home Improvement. In the last year, we have built a 2500 square foot garden which includes 4 large raised beds, 14 pollinator beds and a 10’ x 16’ greenhouse. We are in the process of building a 200 square-foot monarch waystation. The fourth and fifth grades have been responsible for figuring the amount of stone and dirt we will need to purchase, what plants and supplies we need, and what is required to become a certified way station. They are completely in charge of our budget and contacting businesses to check pricing.

The Papilion in Honor Heights Park – Butterfly House and Gardens

The Papilion is a seasonal open-air butterfly house located in Honor Heights Park in Muskogee, OK. The only butterfly house in Oklahoma, The Papilion is home to ~300 native butterflies from mid-May through the end of September. Pollinator and display gardens, some of which change annually, surround the house and attract many species of native butterflies and other pollinators. A small admission fee helps offset butterfly and maintenance costs. Open daily beginning the Saturday before Mother’s Day through September 30. Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Limited hours on holidays: 9am-2pm. The Papilion also hosts a tulip garden display in early spring.

Leonardo’s Pollinator Butterfly Garden

This garden will be in the Monarch migration flyway and provide the special habitat this species needs. Milkweed is the only plant that the Monarch caterpillar eats and because of habitat loss the numbers of Monarch butterflies are in steep decline. Leonardo’s Children’s Museum’s mission is the enrich and inspire children of all ages by creating fun learning opportunities. This garden is to help Pollinators, Monarchs and also educate. It also is an opportunity for families to learn together.

Payne County Pollinators Garden at the Courthouse

This is a recently added butterfly/pollinator garden at the Payne County Courthouse, on the northeast corner of the lawn located in Stillwater. Chris Reding shared the photo with us at a Monarch Meet Up and also reports that his team has been working with County Commissioners across the state to spread pollinator protector species on roadsides in need of maintenance updates. They grade with pollinator beneficial plants while reforming ditches. Way to go Payne Co crew!

My happy place

My back yard is my habitat. I have 2 varieties of milkweed, but will be adding more. Coneflowers, core ops is, passion flower, bee balm, asters are among the flowers I have. My garden is new, we moved here 3 years ago and it was a blank canvas. I am working towards being a monarch way station.

Saving the Monarchs thru Education

Taking a live Monarch presentation (eggs, caterpillars and chrysalis) to an elementary school’s Nature class, along with brochures, bookmarks, coloring pages, etc. Allowing an up close and hands on learning experience of the Monarch Butterfly stages for the students. Teaching the need to, and the how to, of helping save the Monarchs.

Flutterbys

Plants in my back garden — tuberosa, coneflowers, coreopsis, swamp weed, iron weed, silk weed, hairy balls, black-eyed susans, St. John’s wort, cypress vine