Drummondville couple at odds with city over vegetable garden
Published Monday, July 23, 2012 9:40PM EDT
The city of Drummondville is ordering a couple to remove a vegetable garden from their front lawn, saying the zucchinis, green beans and tomatoes break a local bylaw.
Josee and Michel Landry planted the garden in an effort to start eating better, and chose the front yard because the backyard gets no sun.
“Michel lost 75 pounds and I lost 25 pounds,” said Josee.
While healthier, the pair has also had to endure a little more stress.
The city of Drummondville calls the garden illegal, because a city bylaw states 30 per cent of a property must be green space.
The mayor's office interprets that as green hedges or green grass – but not green peppers
“Most Quebec municipalities have the same laws,” said city spokesman Raynald Forcier, explaining that those laws help cities dictate how properties look.
The city sent the couple a letter, threatening fines if they refuse to restore what the city considers to be acceptable green space.
While some neighbours said they enjoy the garden, and moreover, feel the homeowners should have a right to do what they like with their front lawn, the city said it has received complaints.
It will decide in September whether to fine the couple.
The Landrys said they do not intend to remove the garden.