Jenks Herb Festival & Tulsa Oklahoma Trip

Azaleas

One of my favorite activities of the year, is the herb festival and strolling around in Tulsa. We took a day trip up to Jenks Oklahoma for the festival via the old Route 66 Saturday. It was a two and a half hour drive through small towns, and past large ranches, pastures and woodland. I love the back roads, I would take them over major highways any day.

Route 66

We were able to bring one of our pooches Snuggle. We enjoy pet friendly places, including the Jenks Herb Festival and Woodward Park. Sand Springs, in a nearby town has a larger herb festival the week before but not only is it too crowded, they are not pet friendly. Jenks had a shop giving out samples of their homemade doggie biscuits during the festival, a very friendly environment.

Bruce & Snuggle Jenks Herb Festival

The Herb Festival is sensory overload for plant and herb lovers. So many herbs of every type from over a hundred vendors. It is helpful to have a small cart to put your items in because it is blocks of walking. One of my favorite vendors Wild Things Nursery was there. If you love butterflies, and are near Oklahoma, they are the people to get plants from. They have tons of helpful info about host plants and butterflies on their website too.

Arkansas River

After a few hours at the herb festival,  we ventured on into Tulsa to visit my favorite park and view the Arkansas River. The levels of the river have come up since the drought of the past few years.

Landscaping at Woodward Park

Woodward Park off Peoria Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma is 40 acres of beautiful landscaping, wildlife and natural beauty.

DogWood Trees nestled below  taller oaks

The park has about 15,000 azalea bushes, plus dogwood trees, flower and herb gardens, ponds, waterfalls, interesting bridges, all set among huge old oak trees and rolling hills.

Kesha & Snuggle Bridge

It is a dream for photographers and nature lovers. There were birds and wildlife all around and I even had a couple of squirrels that came and took a snack from my hand.

Squirrel coming up to me

I am a country girl at heart and an animal lover, so I enjoy interaction with all of God’s amazing creatures.

Squirrel enjoying a snack

My husband was the one who began offering a few tidbits to the squirrels. They were wild and they did not stay around long.

My husband feeding a squirrel

I took hundreds of pictures in the park, Tulsa, and also in the atrium of the Tulsa Garden Center. They have gorgeous orchids and many other flowers.

Kesha & Snuggle Azalea Bushes

It is hard to find time to get away for even a day trip but this is well worth the trip!

Easy to Make Vegetable Garden Trellis

This is an easy and effective way to grow your climbing plants, like cucumber, squash, pumpkins, gourds. We recycled a pop up clothes line and looped some farm fence around the bottom to give them something to climb up when they were just starting out.

We planted our cucumber seeds with a good helping of compost from recycled kitchen scraps, cattle and chicken manure and our worm castings from the worm bins.

The wires on the clothes line allow the vines to go across and the fruit hangs down which is easier to pick, and it keeps it off the ground.

We move the clothes line every season to mow and till. We use post hole diggers to dig a hole about a foot deep for the pole. If you don’t have extra farm fence or netting you can pound 4 small metal poles, one on each corner. We have used hot wire poles and rebar. Then use string or twine and tie from pole to clothesline on each corner to make a solid line for the plants to grow up. We added more poles and twine throughout the year when any plants were growing without support so they could reach the top of the clothesline.

The bees like our cucumbers too!!