Pollinator Pockets & Programs Energized by OG&E

Pollinator Pockets and Programs Energized by

Scissortail Park and Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E) are working together to highlight the important role pollinators play in our regional ecosystem by offering new educational programming at the park that focuses on pollinator plants and the insects and animals that assist in the pollination process.

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”OG&E’s service area falls within the migration flyway of Monarch butterflies, so we understand the valuable role pollinators play in the health and sustainability of our regional ecosystem and that is why we take special care to support habitat conservation and biodiversity,” said Cristina McQuistion, OG&E Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Stewardship.  “We plant native grasses and plants throughout our service area to support pollinators, and we team up with partners like Scissortail Park on innovative approaches to support pollinators and educate the public on how they can join us in protecting the health of pollinators.”

“Scissortail Park Foundation is proud to collaborate with OG&E for our Pollinator Pockets and Programs offering environmental education opportunities to the community and increasing awareness of bees and pollinators in the Park,” said Maureen Heffernan, CEO of Scissortail Park Foundation and Myriad Gardens Foundation. “OG&E’s generous support for these programs grant us the financial resources needed to create a comprehensive educational curriculum.”

Thanks to the grant funding from OG&E, Scissortail Park worked with Connie Scothorn, Landscape Architect with CLS & Associates, to design a beautiful new garden filled with plants to support pollinators. “Monarch Mountain” located near the Scissortail Boathouse is an 8,900 square foot garden that features over 2,000 plants, including 5 species of milkweed, to provide beauty for Park visitors and sustenance for the pollinators.

Deciduous Shrubs
Arkansas Bluestar, Amsonia hubrichtii
Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata
Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa
Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata
Short Green Milkweed, Asclepias viridiflora
Green Milkweed, Asclepias viridis
Blue Wild Inidgo
, Baptisia australis
Purple Poppymallow, Callirhoe involucrata
Blue Mist Flower, Conoclinium coelestinum
Tall Coreopsis, Coreopsis tripteris
Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida
Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea
Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium
Annual Gaillardia, Gaillardia pulchella
Maximilian Sunflower, Helianthus maximiliani
Zinn Orange Lantana, Lantana x ‘zinn orange’
Dotted Blazing Star, Liatris punctata
Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia fulgida
Giant Coneflower, Rudbeckia maxima
Azure Sage, Salvia azurea
Canada Goldenrod, Solidago altissima
Aromatic Aster, Symphyotrichum oblongifolius
Golden Crownbeard, Verbesina encelioides

Evergreen Trees
Yaupon Holly, Ilex vomitoria

Evergreen Shrubs
Rose Creek Abelia, Abelia x ‘rose creek’
Moonshine Yarrow, Achillea x ‘moonshine’
Red Yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora
Stokes Dwarf Yaupon Holly, Ilex vomitoria ‘stokes dwarf’

Shurb Area
Gray’s Sedge, Carex grayi