I’ve been reading the Tulsa Code of Ordinances, not because I prefer legalese to sleeping pills, but because I am trying to figure out what on earth prompted the city to rip out Denise Morrison’s garden.
So far I can find only one report, from NewsOn6.com. (Other reports are all based on it.) It tells the story of a woman who would be an interesting neighbor. Here is what the article says about her garden, which had over 100 plant varieties before the city ripped it out:
She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but she said none of that matter to city inspectors.
Last August, Morrison’s front and back yards were filled with flowers in bloom, lemon, stevia, garlic chives, grapes, strawberries, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint, an apple tree, walnut tree, pecan trees and much more.
They are gone now. Someone complained; the city sent her a letter. Morrison photographed her yard and asked city inspectors to come tell her what she was doing wrong. Their response was, “Everything, everything needs to go.”
Photo 1: Thinkstock; Photo 2 of sprawling edible school yard from amdoyne via Flickr Creative Commons
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