Illegal Front Yard Garden: Canadian Couple’s Kitchen Garden Targeted By Authorities


Illegal Front Yard Garden: Canadian Couple’s Kitchen Garden Targeted By Authorities

Posted: 07/19/2012 4:21 pm Updated: 07/23/2012 4:45 pm

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Take a look at Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp’s gorgeous front yard kitchen garden in Drummondville, Quebec. The cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, beets, onions, and brussels sprouts and other vegetables grown by the couple helped Beauchamp lose 75 pounds, and Landry 25.

The only problem? It’s illegal.

Boing Boing points us to a petition to save the garden, which authorities insist must be removed. The town code states that a vegetable garden can take up 30 percent of a front yard at most, and Landry and Beauchamp’s is in violation. They were given two weeks to comply, which means the garden must be drastically scaled back by this Sunday.

The petition reads in part:

Front yard kitchen gardens are not the problem; they’re part of the solution to healthier and more sustainable communities. Thanks for helping us to defend them.

CBC News reports that if the couple fails to remove a significant enough portion of their garden, they could expect fines of between $100 and $300 each day. The news site also reveals authorities say neighbors have complained about the garden, but Beauchamp is suspicious:

Beauchamp said no one has complained to him. He said he shares his fresh produce with his neighbours. “They love it. Everybody is surprised by the kind of taste we can have from fresh vegetables,” he said.

The couple said they have no intention of complying with the city’s request.


CBC also notes that the city plans to make all front lawn vegetable gardens illegal this fall. The measure would only apply to new gardens, so Landry Beauchamp garden — assuming they scale it back — will be perfectly legal.

How does the larger gardening community feel about attempts to remove the garden? Boing Boing has a quote from kitchen garden advocate and expert Roger Doiron: “If this garden is deemed illegal, we’re in deep you-know-what.”

Learn more about the couple’s personal website, Le potager urbain. Fair warning, it’s written in French. Language barrier or not, the pictures are pretty cool.



I am not a gardener , and am very suspicous of the 100 mile diet ” zealots “( another story another day)…but this story is absolutely ridiculous.

This is personal choice and is  reflection of personal freedom which we must support .

While in East Vancouver one day , I met an elderly Italian gent whose entire property was garden….all tomato plants in the front yard. Yes it stood out, but in  a positive way.  Such gardens are great carbon sinks as opposed to more UNnatural lawns

Another case of Gov’t gone wild.

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