The First and Oak bed serves as the welcoming “cornerstone” at the northwest corner entrance to Fairbanks Park. This bed has been located at the northeast corner of Fairbanks Park for eight years. It is a full sun bed that features many native prairie flowers and grasses. Planted in this bed are Knockout roses, daylilies, grasses, salvia, vinca vine, lamb’s ear, sedum, chrysanthemums along with other assorted annuals. Chairperson of this bed is Verna Gaskin assisted by other master gardeners and interns. Verna Gaskin and Debbie Lazzell design, plant, and maintain this bed with occasional help from a number of other volunteers. Verna and Debbie have gradually converted this bed from a largely annual bed to rely more on perennials. In 2016 a memorial fence with plaques for deceased members was added to this flowerbed.