Maurie Traylor

The Novel Gardener

I chose the name "The Novel Gardener" to represent my creative life that includes writing, art and design. This is my writing portfolio that includes all published articles.

I graduated from Oklahoma State University and had a successful fifteen year career in sales and sales training. When my children left home to begin their own adult lives, I knew that I had to live my best life so that they could see that learning never ends. I have always had a personal journal but it took time and the encouragement of many others for me to write for publication.

My influences are varied including Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Oliver, Anne Lamott, Harper Lee, David Sedaris and David Foster Wallace. My favorite genre to read is the novel but my favorite form to write is the essay.

In addition to writing, I enjoy painting with watercolors and start each day with a "scribble". I begin each day with a scribble, a walk with Jackson and time in the garden before writing. In addition to writing, I create gardens (and other sacred spaces) for clients, friends and myself.


The Fallow Season's Gifts
The gardener's best tool can be a pencil.
Preservation Station
The Edible Garden: Growing Fruit Trees
Photography by: Brooke Allen & Carole Topolian
The Life of the Garden Party
Photo Credit: Valerie Grant
Cool Shrubs
Photo Credit: Valerie Grant
Grief and the Modern Girl
Say the word "grief" aloud and its brevity pulls you up short. First, the hard, guttural "g," like a moan of pain barked after a fist to the gut. Then, the hissing "f," like a...
Finding Space
Photography by: Carole Topalian & Barry Jarvis
Culinary Herbs
What's The Deal With Dill
Big Pivots in the Blue Dome District - TulsaFood - Tulsa Food
"Failure is not failure, but failure to change might be." - John Wooden Great coaches know when it's time to make a change. Instinctively, they perceive when game-changing...
Nature's Gift
Take a vacant lot, five charities, and the vision of Keith Butler, and you get Britney Farms, a working community garden in the heart of busy midtown Tulsa. Photo credit: Mary...
Coney Island: A Tulsa Legend Since 1926 - Tulsa Food
Is there a more ubiquitous food item than the hot dog? From roadside drive-in's to burger shacks, the hot dog is an American favorite. And yet, this humble delight has an...
Hammett House: Home Cookin' in the Heartland since 1969 (Seriously) - Tulsa Food
"There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place." - J.K. Rowling Bill Baird thought he knew the story of Hammett House's favorite condiment, fondly...
How I dined out in Tulsa every day of the week, lunch and dinner, for $99. (Part 1- Dinner) -...
It began with a challenge: to dine out in Tulsa every day, lunch and dinner, on a total budget of only $99. Could this be done and still enjoy flavorful, exciting, local dining?...
All Roads Lead to La Roma: Authentic Lebanese Food in South Tulsa - Tulsa Food
Even more than the décor, exciting menus, and exotic drinks, I love the feel of a restaurant. It's more sensory than sensibility. It's the feeling of the embrace upon returning...
Second Chance Tomato Romance
Extend the growing season with fall tomatoes; Photo credit: Mary Anne Harris
Raves and Faves: Summer's Top Ten Flavor Adventures in Tulsa - Tulsa Food
"He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left." - Chinese Proverb Summer time is travel time. We pack our bags and embark on journeys. We plan, scheme and...
A Peaceful Retreat
The Tropical offers an edible landscape and top-notch options for all eaters.
Spice It Up
Photo credit: Mary Anne Harris (Harris House Studios)
Keep Your Focus
Creating Focal Points in the Landscape; Photo credit: Mary Anne Harris
The New Dilly Diner in the Blue Dome: a down-home diner like no other in the heart of Tulsa -...
Photo credit: Valerie Grant Some relationships never make it to the commitment stage. Like a summer crush, they are short-term, exploratory and experimental. Sure, they are...
The Tropical: Tulsa's Top Thai Restaurant Utilizing Edible Landscaping - Tulsa Food
Photo credit: Valerie Grant My favorite stories combine the familiar with the unexpected, the typical with a bit of mystery, the known with a hint of the unknowable. I...
Grow Wild
Creating a Life Where All Life Can Thrive
EDIBLE GARDENING: A Conversation with Rosalind Creasy
Words by Maurie Traylor Photography by Rosalind Creasy My conversation with Rosalind Creasy began in a cool corner of a library. My children and I made our weekly trek to...
Handcrafted Community at Foolish Things Coffee - Tulsa Food
Photo credit: Valerie Grant "Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be foolish at the right moment." - Horace One sip of Foolish Things oak aged...
Healing Tea Garden
Where there is tea, there is hope. Photo credit: Mary Anne Harris
Aphrovegiac: Vegetarian Wine Dinners at the Vault - Tulsa Food
Photo credit: Valerie Grant I felt like I was going on a blind date. Bored with my familiar food routine, I looked to make some changes. I wanted to feel better, to look...
Florence Park Cafe: a Neighborhood Spot - Tulsa Food
Photo credit: Valerie Grant When you ask Jonathan Haring, chef and owner of Florence Park Café, to describe his restaurant, his quick response is to describe it as a...
Transplant earned 2nd place in the Tulsa Review

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