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Garden on boulevard has to go: city

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Dino Martin has been planting her garden on a boulevard in front of her Wolseley home for years, but now she’s putting away her gardening tools.

The Winnipeg resident has been told her garden on city property has to go.

"The city (official) told me, ‘You rip it up, or I’ll rip it up,’ " said Martin. "I kept saying, ‘Why? My neighbours have a garden across the street.’"

Martin said pedestrians enjoyed looking at her garden on Lenore Street.

"Most people liked it," she said. "Kids came by and I talked to them about growing vegetables.

"People would eat my parsley and then walk down the street," she added. "Now, I’ve given the vegetables away or I’ve just thrown them away."

The City of Winnipeg said Martin’s garden does not comply with the Non Standard of Boulevard Treatment bylaw, which requires turf to be planted one metre from the curb and half a metre from a public sidewalk.

Martin doesn’t believe she is violating any bylaw and suspects a Winnipeg resident called to make a complaint.

"The vegetables are two feet from the sidewalk, I measured and marked them," said Martin.

The city said Martin was aware her garden was planted improperly on city property, but refused to have it removed.

The Winnipeg resident was told twice last year to remove her garden from the property for safety reasons. The city also advised Martin to replace the garden with grass.

"It’s really about public safety," said David Domke, Winnipeg’s manager of parks and open spaces. "We want people to plant boulevards, but she did not follow the guidelines."

elizabeth.fraser@freepress.mb.ca

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