Nontraditional front-yard gardens are increasingly in the news, and one in particular has been all OVER the news and blogosphere. In the (now notorious) town of Oak Park, Michigan, Julie Bass faced jail time for growing vegetables instead of turfgrass or something else deemed “suitable” in her front yard.
Two weeks after the enforcement action became hot news, the charges against her were dropped. But it isn’t just veg gardeners who have to fight crazy, outdated local ordinances. Water-conserving xeriscaping is still outlawed in parts of – wait for it – Southern California!
In sympathy with those revolutionary gardeners going against the grain (the grain being all turfgrass, all the time), I offer photos of a front yard just 3 blocks from downtown Silver Spring that makes me smile every time I see it, and no doubt raises the spirits of neighbors, too. Thank you, anonymous gardeners, for brightening our lives!
Posted by Susan Harris.