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August 13, 2010


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Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Wow! This is really interesting. Not much thought about sustainability. Wonder if that area will be on the GWA tour in September in Dallas.


I think I fell asleep just looking at that picture.

Graham Rice

Jo - I think if the garden writers were bused out there to see it they'd end up taking over the administration building - or sneakily planting bulbs in the lawns.

How can people live in a place like that, Mjausson? Makes you wonder how (or perhaps if) they sparkle up their lives. I suppose they could choose a red car - doesn't seem to be any rules against that.


Time for some guerilla gardening!

We just have to get past the gates...

Les @ Javelinas and Ocotillos

I'm curious about Belcorte - I live on the NE side of Tucson, in a gated community, though our restrictions are much more logical: we're not allowed to tear out the native desert vegetation, and we're not allowed to plant anything that will block our neighbor's views of the mountains. Otherwise, we're free to plant whatever species we like. Haven't heard of Belcorte though, must be tucked away off the main roads. (I suspect the restriction to N and E walls is that the plants would fry on the S or W walls!)

The problem here is, the land use laws require an HOA to be formed every time a subdivision is built, and the HOAs often run amok without any sort of reasonable control (though I'm lucky to have a very reasonable and non-meddling HOA). Seems that people want the government to stay out of their lives... unless it's their ideological beliefs that are being imposed on the rest of us, then government interference is suddenly OK! Lucky for me I've got a glorious garden front and back and nobody cares - though I have to admit if someone decided to "guerrilla garden" in my yard I would be pretty pissed off!

Graham Rice

Thanks Les. For the benefit of Brits, HOA is a Home Owners' Association - a sort of local government for the community. At Beverly Oaks the HOA even manages the water and sewage systems. Your rules seem pretty sensible, Les. Our are too, the properties in our community are, basically, scattered through second growth forest and there are restrictions on cutting down trees. Fair enough.

BTW - I also notice that at Beverly Oaks your house MUST be painted every eight years... by the HOA. Number of color choices for your home? One.

Fuzzyjay - I don't think this community has any gates...


It seems to me that what they are doing will get exactly the opposite of the results they want. I'm glad my HOA lets me do what I want. (Although I never really ask. I just do it and haven't been told to stop.)

Graham Rice

Although, I suppose, you probably wouldn't move there unless you were to sort of person who approved of that sort of thing...

Perhaps they need a book! Yes... Six of The Best - How To Create a Beautiful Garden with Only Six Plants. There's a challenge...

Dutch Gardener

America, land of the free?

James Golden

The pride of the ignorant. Reflected in our political discourse too, though that's a little freer (for the moment).

Garden Beet

well its seems the built form police have extended into the garden - i always wondered why buildings had so many stupid rules and regs but not gardens - finally 100% visual control - at least urban character studies will be easy in the future! Beam me up scotty

Graham Rice

Brits are not only baffled by these extraordinary rules, but for this mania for homeowners associations. "You pay your local taxes," they say, "then the association has an annual charge to cover stuff local taxes should be paying for. Makes no sense."

Garden Beet

hey graham - i aint no Brit - I am an aust living in the UK - it would be equally weird to have these rules in australia - however i think there may be a few gated communities that have these regs - but there would not be many

Graham Rice

Actually, Garden Beet, I recently heard of some new developments in Britain that have rules preventing homeowners removing whatever plants the developers planted. I'm looking into it...

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