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Tulsa Woman Fights For Her Garden

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City workers could be headed to federal court, after a woman says they destroyed her garden.

The case dates back a year ago, with accusations she violated a city ordinance.

Channel 8's Kim Jackson explains the situation.

Denise Morrison showed off the leaves from her garden. They are leaves she said had healing power.

She showed us a stinging nettle plant and says it can be used the same way spinach is and Denise says that plant was one workers cut down. 

Denise Morrison's whole front yard has been dedicated to her love of gardening.

"Everything you see out here is edible, everything," she told us.

And because of that, she says it can grow as high it will, because it's edible and not mandated under the city ordinance.

But she says code enforcement cut it down, in 2011.

'They cut down food and they didn't just cut down all of it. Say for instance, like this right here, the highest thing I had, apple mint. They didn't cut down the height of it, they just cut down patches of it," she explained.

A neighbor reportedly filed a complaint. But Morrison says that's not true. She says neighbors have been sniffing and sampling her foods for years.

"Smell it if you want. It's garlic chive," she showed us her edible plants.

Now she says some of her vegetation has not grown back. Some of her plants were used for herself, to treat her diabetes, arthritis, anemia and high blood pressure.

She says she had to fight for her right to grow her own food--regardless of what it looked like to others,

"I want restitution for what they did and I want restitution for my health."

We did call the City of Tulsa.  A spokesperson said they had no comment on this story, on this case, because it is in federal court.

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