Article Courtesy of ABC
Action News Tampa Bay
By Heather Leigh
Published October 29, 2018
PALM HARBOR — A Pinellas County woman is worried the garden she shared with her
late partner will be destroyed.
"There are a lot of memories of us
spending time and friends spending time in the garden,” said
She planted and tended to the garden while Pat nurtured her
green thumb by trimming the fast-growing branches and weeds.
Pat passed away suddenly in August and she says the garden
is helping her cope with his death. She says it’s been
"My hair is falling out, I lose my voice and it’s just
traumatic to me,” she said.
Recently, the HOA for Andover Phase 1 in Palm Harbor sent
a letter to residents that indicated landscaping work would begin on October
The letter told residents they need to remove potted plants, garden art and
anything else in the plant beds. If those things aren’t removed, the letter
states landscapers will discard what’s left.
Wade says she understands why the HOA and management team want to clear out
areas that haven’t been kept up, but she says many people have gardens that
are well tended to.
"They're well-maintained and they’ve been established for years and the HOA
has allowed it for years,” she said.
Wade’s doctor sent a letter to the management company asking them to let her
keep it because it's therapeutic. That was followed up by a letter from her
attorney. She says until Tuesday, she hadn’t heard anything back.
"It is all I’m thinking about and I’m very very stressed out about,” said
The management company tells ABC Action News the letter has been passed on
to their attorneys. We called the attorneys who say they are looking them
over before they say what happens next.