Community says Orange Co. man's backyard garden can stay for now

Officials tell family 'no vegetable gardens' rule will be revised

Published On: Feb 05 2013 02:48:10 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 05 2013 02:57:28 PM EST
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -

The small vegetable garden that had an Orange County man's property management company threatening to remove it will get to stay for now.

According to Bonnie Buyea, her family received an email on Tuesday from the Fairways Country Club park community administrator and region manager for Florida for her dad's planter garden saying they will not be giving them additional violations.

Local 6 first reported that Henry Canada, 83, got a letter on Monday giving him 30 days to take it down after a year of having it in the backyard.

Buyea said officials told them the no vegetable gardens rule still stands and that although they still have an infraction, the company is looking into amending the rule and until the revision is done, the garden can stay.

"I would like to personally thank everyone for all the support we have received for Dads planter garden," Buyea said in a statement from her family. "It is wonderful to know that Fairways community can come together and help resolve issues that affect our lives."

Canada told Local 6 on Monday as he's gotten into his 80s gardening is really the only hobby he's capable of doing.

"Sometimes a little support can make the biggest difference in a person’s life and our community," Buyea said.