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Betsy goes to Canada*see details below the 2014 schedule or click the link

 

Our goal and mission is to produce plants native to Oklahoma and/or beneficial to wildlife.  We have a special emphasis on plants which support butterflies, moths and other pollinators. We are a small Oklahoma nursery without a brick and mortar location, we sell through farmerís markets and herb shows. See below for our schedule.

While we don't ship our plants.  We are happy to ship our books, cards and gloves. A list of our books is listed here. Books

 

Marilyn has been awarded the ANNE W. LONG AWARD for Promotion of Native Plants.  This is an award given by the Oklahoma Native Plant Society (see details)

                                            Spring is Here!

Tiger Swallowtails have been scarce around here the past couple of years, so it was especially good to this guy busy on the Mexican Plum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tentative Schedule for 2014

February 8th (Sat)    Tulsa Garden Center Gardening Info Fair  9:00-3:00

March 28th (Fri)       H & 8th 7:00pm - 9:00pm  @ Nature Conservancy Office, 408 N.W. 7th Street, OKC

April 5th (Sat)             Norman Farmerís Market  8:00-12:00, Cleveland County Fairgrounds-615 East Robinson

April 12th (Sat)           Herb Day in Brookside  9:00-4:00  41st & Peoria, Tulsa

April 19th (Sat)           Jenks Herb "N" Plant Festival 9:00-5:00 Downtown

April 26th (Sat)           Sand Springs Herbal Affair  9:ish - 4:00 Downtown

May 3rd and 4th 

 (Sat & Sun)                  Mayfest in Norman times TBA

May 10th (Sat)          

May 17th and 18th

(Sat & Sun)                   Audubon Backyard Garden Tour, Tulsa    

May 24th (Sat)           ONPS field trip to our yard. Times TBA      

May 31st (Sat)           Norman Farmerís Market  8:00-12:00, Cleveland County Fairgrounds-615 East Robinson

June 7th (Fri)              Ponca City Herb Festival  8:00-4:00  Cann Memorial Botanical Gardens

If you are unable to come to an event, please call (405) 255-1707 or e-mail us at wtnursery@yahoo.com and we will try to connect somehow.

*Betsy goes to Canada - Our daughter Betsy Stewart will be working with refugees in Canada.  She hopes to bring her skills back to Oklahoma City and do the same work here.

2014 Plant list was recently updated.  Several items needed to be removed.  Please recheck the list.

Plant List 2014. We can only bring some of our inventory to each market.  So be sure to contact us in advance if you have a specific request for a particular event Please try to get your special orders in by the Wednesday before an event to give us (Marilyn) time to pick the order and plan our loads.  Thanks. 

 

2014 Plant list PDF   

Excel variation of the plant list.  Available in Excel with filters set.  Make selections based on our pre-existing columns or use the last column to filter your own selection.  Also sortable if you are handy with Excel. 

Check in with us on facebook 

Pat Folley showing off the first copy of Oklahoma Wildflowers, our long awaited field guide. It's a beautiful book and anyone who has had the pleasure of knowing Pat will recognize her voice on every page. Thanks to the University of Iowa Press for making this book a reality.

See video of KOTV Tulsa 3/24/12 interview with Pat on the link below:

http://www.newson6.com/story/17248069/oklahoma-woman-authors-reference-book-for-states-native-flora

March 24th article on the front of the Scene section of the Tulsa World:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=41&articleid=20120324_44_D1_CUTLIN773895

They got it mostly right.  Plants don't need any pesticides! Think Bird food.

Other Facebook Posts

This Goatweed had just hatched and was ready to fly when I took it outside and placed it on a flower. It immediately 'fell over' and played dead leaf. Stayed like that until I moved away and then it jumped up and flew.

  • Lainee Copeland - It's the Opossom of the butterfly world! LOL!
  • Larry Paden - And all I thought was what an odd color of plant debris!
    Betsy Stewart - I think I have a new favorite butterfly.
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    Photo: A Monarch chrysalis just as the last of the skin is  being shed.A Monarch chrysalis just as the last of the skin is being shed.

  • Sandra Schwinn - Love to watch them gyrate as they shed that skin!
  • Dolores Madden - Ward You post such wonderful photos! Thanks!!
  • Jennifer Hoey - mine just finished and two more are in J formation Too cool
  • Wild Things Nursery Wonderful, Jennifer! What did you find the caterpillars on?
  • Jennifer Hoey I found on my orange butterfly weed. Happy since I hadn't seen them for a few years
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    A Diana Fritillary came to visit our garden last May.  Here he is nectaring on American Basketflower.  This is the state butterfly of Arkansas but is not currently on the lists for Seminole County Oklahoma.

     

    Photo: Had lots of Gulf Frits hatch out this morning and as I was setting the lid on the fence to take a picture another one flew in and immediately 'attacked' one that had just emerged. Poor thing, her wings were hardly dry.

    Had lots of Gulf Frits hatch out this morning and as I was setting the lid on the fence to take a picture another one flew in and immediately 'attacked' one that had just emerged. Poor thing, her wings were hardly dry.

  • Denise Bell - Just for clarification, I like the hatching not the attack.
    Martha Stoodley - Looks like a cool container for raising butterflies.
  • Wild Things Nursery It's just one of those pet carriers that you can get at Petco or the local feed store. I like them a lot, the mesh carriers are good, too.
  • Jennifer Hoey - Seriously it was being attacked? I have some chrysalis in a container of gulf frits and I put some monarch caterpillars in with them. The class was concerned that the monarchs would eat them. Do caterpillars fight? Silly question.
    Wild Things Nursery I guess I was trying to be too delicate, what happened was the male flew in and mated with her before she could fly. Amazing that in the time it took for me to remove the lid and turn on the camera a male had sensed her presence. In response to your other question, sometimes caterpillars may inadvertently eat caterpillar eggs and even small caterpillars, never a chrysalis so there is no worry. I mix butterfly species in the same container all the time with no problems.

     

  • The February 2012 edition of Oklahoma Gardener Magazine has a "Hot Plants" article by Marilyn that has been posted on their web site  about Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum).  Be sure to check it out.

    The October 2011 edition of Oklahoma Gardener Magazine has a "Hot Plants" article by Marilyn that has been posted on their web site  about Golden Crownbeard (Verbesina enceliodes).  Be sure to check it out.

    Marilyn has written another article for Oklahoma Gardener Magazine (July/August 2011 edition). Found on page 16 the article "Native fruits of Oklahoma" tells us to look for our wildlife and people friendly native fruits.  Also Schroeder Wilson discusses Rudbeckia hirta, a staple in our prairie garden.

    Catch the article in the Oklahoma Gardener Magazine ( June 2011 edition).  "Prairie Design" by Marilyn Stewart.  Learn about the benefits of prairie gardening with tips on getting started.  Also, be sure to catch the article "One Great Wildflower" by Schroeder Wilson on page 66 of the same issue about the deer resistant plant Amsonia tabernaemontana.  You can find a photo below with a Tiger Swallowtail in attendance.  This plant is also listed in Kens List. (see the link above)

                                                                                                                         

    For Butterfly Gardeners:


    A few common Oklahoma Butterflies

    Butterfly Tips

    For information about native plant gardening click here

     

    SIGNS.  If you've been to our sales you know our signs.  Follow this link to our Signs page.

     

    In October 2007 Marilyn spotted the Texan Crescent nectaring on Verbesina enceloides (Golden Crownbeard) in our back yard.

    This was a first for Seminole County.  

      

     

     

    Schedule for 2013 was.

    February 2nd (Sat)    Tulsa Garden Center ONPS Indoor Outing

    April 6th (Sat)             Norman Farmerís Market  8:00-12:00, Cleveland County Fairgrounds-615 East Robinson

    April 13th (Sat)           Herb Day in Brookside  9:00-4:00  41st & Peoria, Tulsa

    April 20th (Sat)           Sand Springs Herbal Affair  9:ish - 4:00 Downtown

    April 20th (Sat)           Norman Farmerís Market  8:00-12:00, Cleveland County Fairgrounds-615 East Robinson

    April 27th (Sat)          Jenks Herb "N" Plant Festival 9:00-5:00 Downtown 

    May 4th (Sat)             Norman Farmerís Market  8:00-12:00, Cleveland County Fairgrounds-615 East Robinson

    May 11th (Sat)           Edmond Farmerís Market  8:00-1:00 Downtown - 1st and Broadway

    May 18th and 19th

    (Sat & Sun)                   Audubon Backyard Garden Tour, Tulsa     

    May 25th (Sat)           Edmond Farmerís Market  8:00-1:00 Downtown - 1st and Broadway

    June 1st (Sat)              Lavendar Fest-(More details later) 17206 Walker Rd, Shawnee

                                                                Marilyn scheduled for workshop

    June 7th (Fri)              ONPS Wildflower Workshop  8:00-4:00 NWOSU campus, Alva, Oklahoma

    June 20th(Thur)         Marilyn is speaking to the Tulsa Perennial club, "Oklahoma oddities", Tulsa Garden center 7:00 PM

    August 22nd (Tue)    Marilyn is speaking to the Oklahoma City Hosta Society 7:00 Pm at the Will Rogers Park

    August 27th (Tue)     Marilyn is speaking to the Tulsa Hosta Society 7:00 Pm at the Tulsa Garden center

    September 14th (Sat)   Edmond Farmerís Market  8:00-1:00 Downtown - 1st and Broadway                                   

    September 21st (Sat)   Monarch  Migration & Butterfly Festival, Jerusalem, OK (Map)10:00 -4:00  2 mi. east of Cole on Hwy 74b

    Schedule for 2012 was

    March 24th (Sat)       Tulsa Garden Center (Pat Folley Book signing) doors open at 4:30 speaker at 6:00

    March 31st (Sat)        Nature Conservancy "Blue River Revival" near Pontotoc Ridge 1:00 - 3:30

    April 7th (Sat)             Norman Farmerís Market  8:00-12:00, Cleveland County Fairgrounds-615 East Robinson

    April 14th (Sat)           Herb Day in Brookside  9:00-4:00  41st & Peoria, Tulsa

    April 21st (Sat)           Sand Springs Herbal Affair  9:ish - 4:00 Downtown

    April 28th (Sat)          Jenks Herb "N" Plant Festival 9:00-5:00 Downtown 

    May 5th (Sat)             Norman Farmerís Market  8:00-12:00, Cleveland County Fairgrounds-615 East Robinson

    May 12th (Sat)           Edmond Farmerís Market  8:00-1:00 Downtown - 1st and Broadway

    May 19th and 20th

    (Sat & Sun)                   Audubon Backyard Garden Tour, Tulsa     

    May 26th (Sat)           Edmond Farmerís Market  8:00-1:00 Downtown

    September 22nd     Edmond Farmerís Market  8:00-1:00 Downtown

    September 29th (Sat)   Monarch  Migration & Butterfly Festival, Jerusalem, OK (Map)

                                         10:00 -4:00  2 mi. east of Cole on Hwy 74b

    October 6th             Tulsa Rain Gardens- Hope Unitarian Church (8432 South Sheridan Road, Tulsa, OK)

                                          9am to 4pm (Registration Required) - Plant Sale open to the public starting at 3PM