The pictures above show exactly what biologist and gardener Deborah Dale, a resident of Toronto, came home to find missing from her property. It was taken away by the City of Toronto, which did not recognize it as a maintained natural garden...
What exactly should a garden be? When does a garden stop being a garden? Who gets to decide?
Her garden was pesticide and weed free and contained about 200 native plant species she had been cultivating for a decade. It had all been ripped out and hauled away in an afternoon. Whether you garden or not, or even if you do not care for the look of Ms. Dale's garden, you can still imagine what it must have felt like to come home and find it all gone.
New Yorkers know about tolerating the taste of others. And it is how we go about living in a crowded, diverse, character-rich place.
In this case, was it about tolerating a misunderstood garden? Or about a compromise from the owner?
Story originally found here on Treehugger.
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