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Re: [aroid-l] Hope Thursday went Ok

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Hope Thursday went Ok
  • From: "Randy Story" story@caltech.edu
  • Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 09:23:08 -0800


So sorry to hear about your problems with your less-than-enlightened
neighbors.  Very, very sad.   As an owner of a very wild garden (in pots
only), I am lucky to have very tolerant neighbors and a landlord.

I realize you are being inundated with questions (and a lot of support) but
here are a couple more:

You say that the newspaper articles were a week after the story
started--have they followed up since the fining began?  A nice community
outcry would help.

Does your homeowner's organization demand other things, such as a mandatory
lawn and mandatory holiday decoration? (I understand such things are

How many us (all over the country/world) are stuck by all of these and can
only maintain our (interesting) plant collections in their backyard?  I
suspect you are not the only one.  I've also heard that in many
drought-prone California neighborhoods it is impossible to get rid of the
ubiquitous front lawn and replace it with more arid-tolerant plants.
(Luckily my mom doesn't live in such a neighborhood--Dracunculus vulgaris
was one of the plants that bloomed in her front yard this year in a space
formerly occupied by lawn!).  I suspect that some of the worst are the
"gated communities"--any experiences?

I guess my overall question is how many of us are suffering under such
homeowner agreements and what can be done about them now and in the future.

Good luck,


>From: LMassey628@aol.com
>To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
>Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Hope Thursday went Ok
>Date: Mon, Dec 16, 2002, 5:03 AM

> In a message dated 12/16/02 1:05:50 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> ncarz@charter.net writes:
>> Linda, I have been reading this thread with amazement. I
>> may have missed something but WHO exactly is fining you
>> here? The city government? Have you been told exactly who
>> your accuser is? (if not it must be a local coommunity
>> assosiation or something) a local community regime? What
>> is the wording of the law that has been.
>> What exactly is their proof that this is even your plant?
>> This all seems to be so incredible and absolutly
>> unacceptable.
> Hello
> I live in a condo of single family homes, we own the home and we own the
> land, the condo part is just the common elements like the pool and tennis
> courts.  It is the board of directors who are harassing me.  In fact they
> went so far as to encourage and solicit other residents to send in written
> complaints against my garden, when they have never received a complaint about
> it before.  I considered this to be libel and harassment.  They never
> contacted me beforehand !   I was never told that anyone had a problem until
> one of my neighbors told me about the letter they had received.  Once again,
> my neighbors all around me are on my side of this dispute.
> The rule they are citing says that gardens must be "maintained".  I am
> maintaining my yard beautifully.  In fact a week after this problem started I
> had an article about my garden in five of the county's newspapers.  The
> reporter and photographer seemed to think my garden was maintained just fine.
> Linda
>> How do we contact these people? An email campaign might be
>> in order.
> I would be more than happy to print out and deliver any messages of support
> you send.
>> Lawyers (too expensive) and finding a new place to live
>> don't seem to be feasible answers.
>> Neil
> If I had the money I would move put that is not possible now.
> Thanks for your interest and support.
> Linda

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