Woman sues city of Tulsa for cutting down her edible backyard garden

From Lori Fullbright, on Oklahoma’s Own:

“TULSA, Oklahoma – A Tulsa woman is suing the city’s code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause.

Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose.

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.

She got a letter from the city saying there had been a complaint about her yard.

She said she took pictures to meet with city inspectors, but they wouldn’t listen, so she invited them to her home so they could point out the problem areas.

“Everything, everything needs to go,” Morrison said they told her.

When she heard they wanted to cut it all down, she called police. The officer issued her a citation so it could be worked out in court.

She said she went to court on August 15, and the judge told them to come back in October. But the very next day, men were cutting down most of her plants.

They even cut down some of her trees -– ones that bore fruit and nuts -– and went up next to her house and basically removed everything in her front flower bed….”

Read more on Oklahoma’s Own.



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4 responses to “Woman sues city of Tulsa for cutting down her edible backyard garden

  1. Pingback: The Oklahoma Garden Police | MisBehaved Woman

  2. Durable

    Unconscionable actions

  3. While I hope that she prevails – all that will be accomplished is that she will ultimately get paid by her neighbors in the way of increased taxes. We need radical changes. We should be able to sue government officials personally. Government officials when they do something that would be a crime for me to do, should be charged with crimes.

    Suing the town has been going on for as long as I can remember yet nothing has really changed. If we want things to change we need to radically change government. This remedy does nothing for the 99% that can not afford to sue.

  4. Pingback: Gardener Sues City of Tulsa For Cutting Down Her Edible Garden « turcanin. cu ţ.

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