Support Blooms For Tulsa Woman Who Said The City Cut Down Her Edible Garden

Friday, July 13th 2012, 10:05 pm
By: News On 6

We told you last month about a woman suing Tulsa's code enforcement officers after they mowed down her entire garden.

Considering what gardeners have to fight against in this climate, it's not surprising that they're a bunch that sticks together.

And a bushel-full of them responded to Denise Morrison's plight.

Several checks and seed packets were sent to me for Denise Morrison to help her replant her garden after the city mowed it down in August 2011.

Everything she grew, more than 100 plants, was edible.

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Denise says she is overwhelmed by the support and says it has lifted her spirits tremendously, and made her realize many people share her passion for growing their own food.

"I feel like God sent down a billion angels," Morrison said.

Denise says code enforcement officers came to her last summer, saying all her plants had to go, even though the ordinance says if the plants are edible, they can be taller than 12 inches.

She called the police and got a citation that allowed the matter to go to court.

She went, the judge told her to come back in a couple of months, but the next day, the city showed up with bobcats and mowers and cut it all. Strawberry plants, grapevines, flowers, mints, plants Denise used for food and medicinal purpose—all gone and at a time when she was unemployed.

Many of her plants have come back, but many more did not, so Denise plans to plant all the seeds sent to her and nurse them over the winter and share them with others next spring.

She hopes to use seeds from them to help start several community gardens in Tulsa.

Despite all this, she hasn't heard one word from the city since she sued.

"Not one ‘I'm sorry,' not a 'we need to contact you,' not anything—not one word," Morrison said.

Denise says, no matter what the outcome of her lawsuit, she hopes to keep sharing her love of gardening with others.