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Front Yard Gardens: Friend Or Foe?

Gardens are no longer relegated to backyards. Some green thumbs are moving their veggie plots to the front of their houses.

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Photo: david silver (flickr)

Not every city embraces front yard vegetable gardens that are visible from the street.

Food As An Art Form

Californian Fritz Haeg started front lawn gardening as an art form, connecting artistic expression with something useful –  growing food.

Haeg enjoyed the social experience of gardening in his front yard. Tending to the garden daily meant he interacted with his neighbors and people on the street.

Urban Oasis

In St. Louis and elsewhere, front yard gardening became a way to creatively deal with small amounts of green space and limited daylight.

Some plant flower gardens as respites to enjoy throughout the day, others use the space to plant vegetables.

Garden Backlash

Not every city embraces front yard gardening, however.

Last year the city of Oak Park, Michigan fined resident Julie Bass for her front yard garden, planted after her yard was disheveled due to sewer repairs.

She was sentenced to 93 days in jail for breaking city ordinance, but after her story went viral the city dropped the charges.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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  • Kathyw47

    I got around the issue by having mostly fruit trees and berry shrubs in the front yard and have my raised beds for veggies in the side yard. I add veggies and herbs into my flower beds so it looks like accent foliage or ground cover. Takes some work but the neighbors are starting to copy my landscaping…;-)

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