Thursday, June 18, 2009


Thanks to the 15 employees from Chesapeake Energy Corp. who volunteered in our community garden and medians on June 10th. Allen and Lia and four Closer To Earth youth led the work projects. We put in metal edging around the south wildflower spiral path. We weeded, planted flowers and mulched the two raised beds in the medians between 30th and 32nd. We prepared the new native grass bed by removing bermuda and dallas grass in the 30th street median. The day finished by eating PapaJohns pizza and a good time was had by all!
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Saturday, June 6, 2009


Our wildflower path is in full bloom now, and beautiful! The show began with white ox-eyed daisies, followed by yellow coreopsis, blanketflower, crimson and pink poppies, bachelor buttons and blue larkspur with its tall spikes. Plains coreopsis and mexican hat and clasping coneflower have just begun blooming as well. We're installing edging along the path to prevent bermuda grass from invading the flowers, so please bear with us and the temporary piles of dirt. This is the second year for our wildflower path, and both the annuals and perennials are giving a blaze of color.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Working Together


This spring '09, we've had lots of volunteers come to help us in our gardens and medians during our work/learning events.

The science class from Harding Fine Arts Academy came weekly. County juveniles came four different weekends. A youth group from St. Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee along with students from Oklahoma City University came in March. For Earth Day weekend, we had over 100 volunteers from the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma who worked with employees from Starbucks, neighborhood children, youth and adults to expand our garden beds while learning the basics of organic gardening. We really appreciate all of the great help!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Living Art Celebration and Art Exhibit

Living Art Celebration!
We’re having a celebration of a new Living Art environment on Saturday, May 17. From 4-6 pm will be A Taste of Gardening workshop, followed by food, garden tours, “meet the worms” program and kids’ activities from 6 – 9 pm.
All activities are free and open to the public.

Grounded Photo Fiber Art
If the Living Art environment appeals to you, you may also be interested in Grounded, my solo exhibit of photo fiber art at Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery, 811 N. Broadway in Oklahoma City. It’s on exhibit May 2-30, with an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 17 from 6 -9 pm. For more pictures and info, go to eliawoods.com.

Living Willow Cove


In early spring, we dug up seven local willow saplings and transplanted them to this location. As the willows take root and break dormancy, we are weaving the branches together to create a domed cove, with an open doorway facing the center of the garden.

Spiral Wildflower Path


This photo shows our spiral wildflower path after we had cut the sod (later used to build earth chairs) and planted seeds. This path is the backbone of the living art environment, and leads people from the street into the garden. Wildflowers border the path on both sides. By mid-May, the flowers will be knee-to-waist high, and will bloom all through the summer and fall, offering a wildflower immersion experience for all who enter! We planted both annual and perennial flowers; the annuals will bloom this year, and the perennials will gradually become more dominant by year three.

Earth Chair


First in a series of earth furniture! Years ago, Allen saw an earth chair at a community garden in Portland, Oregon. He told me about it, and I’ve remembered it ever since. In March, a group of us made our very own earth chair, a first for all of us. We used the sod leftover from cutting the spiral wildflower path, and piled it up to form a chair shape. It turns out to be quite comfortable. We’ve now added an earth love seat, and have plans for an end table or two. The little kids across the street want to make an earth TV, which I think is a funny and ironic twist to the current debate on how much time kids spend inside plugged in.