NH Woman Plants Flowers, Gets Sued

Kimberly Bois battles her condo board

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 19, 2012 11:44 AM CDT | Updated Mar 24, 2012 7:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – The grounds around Kimberly Bois' condo are filled with daisies, bearded irises, lavender, and hydrangeas … a piece of floral serenity that's getting Bois sued. The Atlantic Pointe condo association wants her to pull up the perennials, and since Oct. 24 has been fining her first $25 per day and then $50 per day for every day the flowers remain. But the New Hampshire woman says she planted the flowers with permission from the developer, before there was a condo board at the Portsmouth complex. (Also, Bois' late mother helped her with the planting.)

Last month, the board notified Bois that a lien had been placed on her condo for $4,500 in unpaid fines; it also wants her to pay the attorney's fees now that the board is suing her. Instead, she hired her own attorney, along with a neighbor who is getting flak for adding stone walls and a patio around his condo. The attorney for the condo board says that the grounds are a common area over which the board has jurisdiction, and adds, "The practical implication is that what one person thinks is beautiful, another person thinks is horrible." Seacoast Online has a picture, should you wish to judge for yourself.

This is not Kimberly Bois' flower bed, but it is a bed of flowers.   (?www.homejobsbymom.com)
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It's not a logical response. I'm a half-assed gardener and I was impressed. It looks like it was professionally done. - Bois' attorney, Paul McEachern

I guess it just goes to show that a condominium is the worst form of democracy ever invented. They probably have less stringent rules in a penitentiary. - Bois' attorney, Paul McEachern

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