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Autumn Ambiance

According to the Fall Foliage Prediction Map created by the National Forest Service, Tulsa should be attaining peak color this week! We are already seeing great color and are excited for more. Michael van Valkenburg & Associates, the landscape architecture firm who designed Gathering Place, designed the landscape to be stunning in all four seasons! Gathering Place has a wonderful display of shrubs, grasses, and trees that are all changing color. To prepare for winter, nutrients... Read More
at Thursday, November 5, 2020

Monarch Migrations!

We have started to see the fall monarch migration at Gathering Place. The migration is a few weeks earlier than last year, so we hope we can help them continue their flight safely! They love the perimeter of Peggy’s Pond, the Sky Garden, and the prairies.  It is important to have food for the monarch caterpillars and adults during their fall migration from Canada to Mexico. The adult monarchs love the high quality, nectar-producing flowers that are blooming right now. Adult... Read More
at Wednesday, September 30, 2020

September Celebrations!

Happy Birthday, Gathering Place! Happy 918 Day, Tulsa! September marks two years since Gathering Place opened, and the landscape is enjoying two years of growth. It is no secret that plants in Oklahoma have to be tough! We have extreme periods of wet and dry, hot and cold, and plenty of dry, damaging winds. However, if the plants can survive that, they are rewarded for growing Okie roots.  On average, Tulsa has 227 sunny days per year. The US average is 205, so Tulsa... Read More
at Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Turf Time!

Gathering Place is known for its sustainable and diverse landscape features including prairies, flowers, trees, and a variety of plants. Additionally, the multitude of pathways, attractions, and activities lead to a particular, unique plant underfoot- turfgrass! Turfgrass is invaluable in a Park setting, giving visitors the opportunity to run up hills, enjoy events, and have delightful picnics.  Turfgrass can require more maintenance than trees, shrubs, and perennials, but... Read More
at Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Water & Irrigation

Why do plants need water? Plants are made up of 90% water and use it for many different plant processes including food creation through photosynthesis, carbon dioxide exchange, cooling through transpiration, and meeting the cells requirement for plant structure. Plants that are newly planted or have sustained construction damage require more water than established plants. This is because their root systems are smaller. Watering at Gathering Place is one of the most essential activities... Read More
at Saturday, August 1, 2020

A Prairie Story

Wild Design The gardens at Gathering Place are wild! We have 16 acres of prairie, designed by Michael Van Valkenburg Associates and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and we are very proud of them. The prairies can be found throughout the Park, roadways, and trails. The various prairies at Gathering Place are modeled after different Oklahoma ecosystems.     As you enter the Park on John Williams Way, the areas surrounding the round are tall grassland with small... Read More
at Tuesday, June 23, 2020