OKC Florists Donate To Tulsa's Greenwood District, Help Educate Others


Wednesday, April 7th 2021, 4:07 pm
By: Ashley Holden


OKLAHOMA CITY -

An Oklahoma City floral studio is helping honor those lost in the Tulsa Race Massacre.

The owners of The Wild Mother are partnering with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission to bring beauty to the community and educate others.

"Art is medicine is real," said Leah Palmer, one of the studio's owners.

It's something she and her other two sisters, Lauren and Callie, feel when they help design and create bouquets or arrangements. Their goal at the studio is to provide more than just flowers.

 "We really think that our work can heal both forwards and backwards," Leah Palmer said.

The sisters want to give a dose of that medicine to a neighborhood that has needed healing for almost 100 years.

"The space in Greenwood you can see will never be the same. It's very much altered," said Leah Palmer.

"I believe that this art is just a tiny sliver of the medicine that the community in Greenwood deserves," said Lauren Palmer.

The sisters are helping design large scale floral installations for the centennial commemoration events. They are also creating bouquets for the descendants of the massacre victims.

"As we have stepped out and said, 'we're going to go.' So many other volunteers are coming with us," said Lauren Palmer.

The three are donating their time and knowledge all while bringing together other florists, volunteers and sponsors from all over the country.

"We are grateful the truth is being unearthed and some roots are being rattled," Lauren Palmer said.

The Wild Mother's owners want to help spread beauty and Greenwood's truth. They have created a social media movement using the hashtag #SendFlowersToGreenwood.

Right now, they are encouraging artists to post bouquets or other works of art on their social media pages from May 10 to July 7.

"What I would encourage people to do is to really educate themselves about what happened in Greenwood," said Leah Palmer.

They are hoping through those posts, people from all over the world will learn about the massacre and what happened in 1921.

"This moment gives us an opportunity to really act in beauty in love and in art," said Leah Palmer.

The sister's have a GoFundMe set up to support the volunteers assisting at the events. They're also still looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of the floral arrangements and set up.

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