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.


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

Master Gardener Teaching Garden

This area is designed, built, landscaped and maintained by volunteers of the Master Gardener Association of Rogers County- in partnership with OSU Cooperative Extension (Rogers County) and the Claremore Parks Department. The Teaching Garden is located in Will Rogers Park in Claremore and is open to the public on assigned days through the week. There are several themed gardens including a large pollinator garden with plant varieties that attract monarchs-as well as other butterfly, bee and pollinator type insects.

10 Acres for Pollinators in SW Stillwater

In June 2017, we moved into house on 10 acres, most of which is native Cross Timbers woodland or tallgrass prairie. My family and I are working to remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants for pollinators. Thus far, we have six native milkweed species and dozens of nectar and pollen-producing species, but will be planting more by transplants and by seed.

Historic Rodkey House garden in Edmond

The Rodkey house is a 1901 Victorian home of the family of Rodkey Flour Mill in Edmond. We planted milkweed in the flowerbeds near the large front porch this year–and hope to add more pollinator plants in the future. Children who attend camp at the house, which is now an educational and rental facility, will learn more about the pollinator garden.

Perfect Paradise!

My husband and I moved into a house together with my parents so we could help them as they aged. We had a pond installed in our backyard to create a Perfect Paradise for our parents, since they no longer travel. The Purple Martins, frogs, dragonflies and Koi keep our oasis mosquito-free so we can enjoy the view! We’ve had milkweed since the first year with minimal success. This year however, we’ve attracted and successfully hatched a multitude of monarchs! It’s AMAZING to watch them.