The war of the roses may be nearing an end.
An Eastlake garden that drew a complaint and the interest of the City of Seattle’s zoning department will be trimmed to comply with city rules.
Mary Hansen, who owns the garden at the corner of E. Lynn and Minor E., met Wednesday afternoon with Tom Braderick, a city zoning inspector, and other city personnel (KOMO TV even came by) to see what she’d have to do to bring her colorful corner into compliance.
The complaint alleged that the height of her plants had created a line-of-sight issue at the busy corner. City rules require that all plantings within 30 feet of a corner be no higher than 24 inches.
In KOMO’s report, Braderick says the problem isn’t the flowers:
“We find this a very beautiful corner. What we do take issue with is any dangerous situation that is created with your green thumb.”
The verdict? Roses along the street needed to be trimmed as did roses and some other plants hanging over the sidewalk and the street.
Hansen says that pruning has been done and she’ll be doing some more. She’ll be meeting with Braderick again in a few days to see if her work has brought the garden into compliance.
When I stopped by last night, the roses had definitely been trimmed and the message board Hansen had put up asking passersby to sign a letter of support had been removed.
To see our previous coverage of the controversy, click here.
And here’s the video report KOMO aired: