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P.A community Garden should have more joy & relaxation

Original post made by Lucy Duncan, Downtown North, on Feb 1, 2008

The P.A community Garden has a city liaison lady, who is rude, rough
obnoxious at various gardeners over the years, imposing her changes as she fancied only at certain people.

She is very discriminating. She applied the city garden rules only
to certain ones. She also got paid by helping gardeners (most are
old people)to weed or plow to maintain their plots in meet her
critieria. she implement rules as she pleased, singling out certain people. Is this a conflict of interest being a city liaison?

The P.A. community garden should be a joyful, relaxing place.
How could the city allows such a person there running the place as
her private property ??


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Is this the garden beside the lawn bowling club?

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 2, 2008 at 12:48 am

No, I'm sure it's the one near the library. The coordinator there is just awful. A friend of mine goes there at odd times just so he can avoid her. She's a petty tyrant, one of those people who comes up with arbitrary rules--i.e. the distance raspberries can be from the edge of a plot--while other gardeners have their plots covered in blackberries (which have stickers and spread more aggressively than raspberries.

I think the garden community ought to have a say in the matter--maybe elect the position or rotate it on an annual basis.

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Posted by Gardener
a resident of Triple El
on Feb 7, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Agreed, this person does act as if the garden is her personal property. She is constantly suggesting changes to one's garden plot that are really none of her business (not breaking existing rules) and coming up with arbitrary rules that appear to have nothing to do with the smooth running of the garden, then browbeating people into following them even though it's clear that some people are exempt. It really has become a much less peaceful place than it was years ago as a result. Perhaps she gets a lot done, but this is a garden, not a scout troop, and it shouldn't be run like the latter. Is there any option to either tell her to back off, or get someone else to replace her?

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