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Community Garden

Contact Your HOA

Many people live in communities and neighborhoods managed by HOA boards that work to keep the development organized and beautiful. If you're considering adding a pollination garden, a re-wilding garden, or xeriscaping, please consider the tips and sample letter on this page for your efforts. 

Sample Letter to Your HOA Board

The following is a sample letter we've shared to inform and educated HOAs and residents about "Pollination Gardens", or as some call them, "English Gardens", "Rewilding", "Xeriscaping" and yes, even "Spite Gardens".  But before you go off and start planting Sunflowers in your community and shared areas, consider communicating with your HOA or municipality first.  Here's a great sample letter to open the channel of dialogue to create a healthy, beneficial, and educational discussion on why pollination gardens can add to the beauty and property values for your neighbors! 

Dear HOA Member... 

Green Garden

HOA SAMPLE LETTER

[[Your name]
[Address]

[City, State, ZIP Code]

[Date]

 

[Homeowners Association Name]

[Address]

[City, State, ZIP Code]

 

Subject: Proposal for Pollination Gardens in Our Development

 

Dear Members of the [HOA Name] Homeowners Association,

 

I hope this letter finds you all in good health and spirits. I am writing to propose the implementation of one or more “pollination gardens” within our community.  While I realize there are currently rules in our HOA guidelines that may restrict certain aspects of native plants and “re-wilding” in certain areas, please read this with an open mind and let me know your thoughts because I’d like to explain why this initiative could greatly benefit our community from both an aesthetic and property value perspective.

 

Native pollination gardens are an environmentally friendly and visually pleasing addition to any community. These gardens consist of carefully selected native plants and flowers that attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The primary purpose of pollination gardens is to provide a habitat for these vital creatures, which play a crucial role in our ecosystem and agricultural industry.  These gardens are also on the rise of popularity and adoption throughout communities in America. Given all that, here are several reasons why green-lighting pollination gardens in our community can be a very worthwhile endeavor:

 

  1. Support for Biodiversity: Pollinators are essential for the reproduction of many plants, including those that produce fruits, vegetables, and nuts. By creating pollination gardens, we can help increase biodiversity within our community, which can have positive ripple effects on our local ecosystem. Our local township is currently including wildflowers in their efforts to support the environment in parks and median strips.
     

  2. Environmental Benefits: Pollinators contribute to the health of our environment by aiding in the pollination of native plants. This, in turn, helps to improve air quality, enhance soil health, and support wildlife populations. In fact, our community could qualify for LEED certification which could bring positive media and increased property values.
     

  3. Aesthetic Appeal: Pollination gardens are known for their vibrant colors and attractive flowers. These gardens can enhance the visual appeal of our community and increase property values. There is already a move towards re-wilding in neighborhoods across America. Some homeowners are even opting out of pools and tennis courts to plan and create beautiful pollination gardens.

     

  4. Educational Opportunities: pollination gardens provide an opportunity for residents and their children, to learn about the importance of pollinators and the role they play in our food supply chain and the environment. We could even partner with a local park or nonprofit to help us manage the project. This has the potential of lowering our landscaping and weekly maintenance fees charged to our HOA. For residents who choose to homeschool, this can be a great resource for immersive learning!
     

  5. Low Maintenance: As noted above, pollination gardens are relatively low maintenance once established. They require less water and care compared to traditional lawns, making them a sustainable and cost-effective landscaping option. Given the current costs of water, the per-hour charge for landscaping maintenance, the costs for fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, a pollination garden is actually an investment in our local environment. In fact, studies have shown a native garden can save 80-90% in landscaping and water costs over a 10-year period.
     

  6. Community Building: One of the biggest attractions of a community is its quality of life and that’s directly tied to community engagement and involvement. Creating and maintaining pollination gardens can be a collaborative effort of our residents that also create a sense of community and shared responsibility. Gardening clubs and workshops can be organized to involve more community members.  Imagine a Facebook group dedicated to our garden. It would be a great marketing tool for our community as well!

 

I would like to propose a discussion on this idea including current HOAs leveraging this practice and the advantages and address any questions as well. If agreed on and established, these guidelines can address concerns such as plant selection, garden maintenance, and potential pest management – all within the scope of the HOA’s governance for maintaining a beautifully managed and vibrant community.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration for this timely idea. I am more than willing to collaborate with the Homeowners Association and fellow residents to make this a discussion which involves and benefits all of our homeowners.

 

Please feel free to reach out to me at [Your Phone Number] or [Your Email Address] if you would like to discuss this further. 

 

Sincerely,

 

[Your Name]

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