(How Not to Plant an Attractive Pollinator Garden in Your Front Yard: OK, so my own front yard garden is pretty scraggly this time of year, but at least it’s free of interference from law enforcement)
Cheers to Ron Sullivan and Joe Eaton for their San Francisco Chronicle story on the recent dust-up over lawns in Buffalo, Sacramento, and elsewhere.
I particularly liked this part about Sacramento:
Sacramento Mayor Heather
Fargo is a garden advocate herself. But the City Council and its Law
and Legislation Committee were tougher sells. Baumann’s district
councilman, Steve Cohen, was supportive; others were hostile. Law and
Legislation rebuffed the group twice.
"Meanwhile, Code Enforcement offered a compromise that we thought
was ludicrous," Roberts said. It decreed that no more than 20 percent
of a yard could be nonlawn, and no plants could exceed 4 four feet in
"We argued that we weren’t trying to violate the health and safety
code," Roberts continued, noting that city officials appeared to have
no problem with ivy-covered yards that harbor rats.
I can just see gardeners outside with a yardstick, lopping off their sunflowers and bean vines when they exceed 4 feet in height. Because you know what happens when plants get over four feet tall. Revolution. Mayhem. Anarchy!
But they worked it out, and Sacramento gardeners are now free to plant whatever they like on their own land. Imagine that. To find out more, check out Sustainable Urban Gardens, and while you’re checking out the Sacramento scene, don’t miss Angela Pratt’s terrific Garden Bliss blog.