October 13, 2022

Sprinkler Winterization Schedule

Posted below is the tentative schedule for the sprinkler winterization. $60 Cash or Check (Shawn Herman) is payable at time of service. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the schedule please contact Shawn directly: 763-780-7231 or shawn@classiclawnscape.com


Saturday, Oct. 15th
9:00 AM
Downey - 4354 Victor Hugo Blvd
Doble - 4368 Victor Hugo Blvd

9:30 AM
Becher - 14382 Poets Green
Primeau - 14348 Poets Green

10:00 AM – 11:30AM
14322 Garden Way
Schwab - 14262 Garden Way
Schliess - 14252 Garden Way
Bridgeman -14222 Garden Way
Anderson - 14206 Garden Way
Peltier -14176 Garden Way

11:30 – 1:00
Johnson - 14160 Jardin
Norr/Privette - 14152 Jardin
Thalhuber -14148 Jardin
Weir -14142 Jardin
Groneberg - 14096 Jardin Ave.
14143 Jardin Ave

1:00 – 2:00
Bosch - 4377 Garden Way
Mittleburn - 4391 Garden Way
Stein - 14181 Arbre Lane
White - 14203 Arbre Lane
Mader - 14251 Arbre Lane
Gloege - 4344 Arbre Lane

2:00 – 2:30
Carlson - 14303 Garden Way
Holly - 14325 Garden Way
Langhoff - 14341 Garden Way

2:30 – 3:00
Coleman - 14326 Cosette Way
Berger - 14318 Cosette Way
Chris - 4513 Garden Way

3:00 – 3:30
14256 Cossette Lane
Kluska - 14292 Cosette Lane

3:30 – 4:00
Lemon - 14258 Grantaire
Ferderer - 14266 Grantaire
Chatwin - 4540 Val Jean

4:00 – 5:00
Burr - 4503 Cosette Lane
Anderson - 4429 Cosette Lane
Carlson - 4448 Cosette Lane
Larson - 4464 Cosette Lane
Shaline - 14327 Victor Hugo Blvd.

Sunday Oct. 16 th
12:00 PM
Stanek - 4685 Val Jean
Buetow - 4704 Provence Way
Tammy - 4682 Provence Way
Nelson - 4672 Provence Way
Farrell - 4664 Provence Way
Carroll - 4648 Provence Way
Halverson – Boyd - 4667 Provence Way
Wright - 14444 Everton
Houchins - 4662 Val Jean

October 2, 2022

Lawn Core Aeration - VG Discount

Jeff Ambrose has offered his aeration services to Victor Gardens residents for many years. He does a very professional job. Jeff is offering a Victor Gardens discount rate of $40/per small lawn and $50/per large lawn. That's less than what most others charge for this service. For do-it-yourselfers, this is a pretty good deal considering the cost of renting the machine, time and effort involved, plus the cost of gas. Jeff's done a great job on our lawn over the years, and I would recommend his services to anyone.

Call Jeff Ambrose directly at (651) 274-1535. He's currently coordinating a schedule of Victor Gardens appointments.

If you're unfamiliar with core aeration, the U of M Extension Service describes it pretty well, "Core aeration is the best method of dealing with the problem of compaction in the lawn. Aeration promotes moisture and air penetration into soils, resulting in deeper and healthier root systems on the grass plants. ... The best time of year to aerate the lawn is late August to early October. Aeration can be done in the spring but will lead to additional weed seeds being brought to the surface where they may germinate. In fall, weed seeds will also be brought to the surface, but they will not sprout."

September 15, 2022

Sprinkler Winterization

Fall is here and it's time to winterize your irrigation system. Shawn Herman with Classic Lawnscape has been offering our neighborhood a group rate for several years. After 10 years he had to raise prices this year to $60/ lawn (cash or check to Shawn Herman). This group rate is available the weekend of Oct 15 and 16 only. Other times can be scheduled but regular season rates apply.

Tentative route based on numbers from previous years:
Sat morning Poets Green south along Garden way, around Jardin and back up to Arbre. Garden way north around Cossette to finish out Saturday. Valjean, Everton and Provence are typically Sunday afternoon.

Please contact Shawn directly with questions or to sign-up.
Shawn Herman
Classic Lawnscape
Call/ text 612-366-6088

September 13, 2022

Single Family Village HOA meeting minutes posted to TownSq

Board of Directors meeting minutes for the Victor Gardens Single Family Village HOA have been posted to TownSq.  Minutes for Aug. 2021 and Aug. 2022 meeting are now available. TownSq is the official portal where owners can manage their account, pay dues, etc.

September 9, 2022

Fountain restarted. Community Manager resigned.

Jardin Fountain restarted: A recent collaborative repair effort between two of Victor Gardens' contractors, Go Get Fred and Brightview resulted in the restarting of the Jardin Fountain. We'll need to keep an eye out for leaks and water levels before it's time to winterize the fountain.  It'll be a very short season, but it's our hope and plan to restart this important community amenity back up again in spring 2023.  Refreshing the surrounding landscaping will be scheduled next year, after it's clear that the repairs are working.

VG's new Community Manager resigned. Despite a good start and positive progress as Victor Gardens Community Manager, Asher Staton has resigned from Associa. Colleen Brown and Anna Dunn will be supporting Victor Gardens in the interim as they strategically plan the next move for Victor Gardens.

August 16, 2022

Single Family Village Board Meeting Agenda

Board of Director's Meeting
Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowners Association

Wednesday, August 17, 6:30pm
VG Neighborhood Activity Center 

  1. Owner's Forum: Residents are encouraged to ask questions and voice concerns.
  2. Review of previous meeting's minutes
  3. Financial Report: Information provided by Associa
  4. Old Business:
    1. Jardin Fountain area
      1. Status of the non-working fountain
      2. Deferred landscaping improvements

    2. Covenant and Rule Violations discussion
      1. Violation Reporting Form status - none reported so far
  5. Committee Reports:
    1. VG Single Family Village's Architectural Review Committee: 
      1. Appeal of denied chimney proposal
      2. status report
    2. VG Master Assn. Social Activities Committee
      1. status report
    3. VG Master Assn. Architectural Review Committee
      1. status report 
  6. New Business:
    1. Community Manager transition
    2. Landscape maintenance contractor transition from Birch to Brightview.
    3. Board designates a 3rd SF representative to VG's Master Board.
  7. Schedule next meeting
  8. Adjournment

August 5, 2022

Welcome Asher Staton, VG’s new Community Manager

Over the last few weeks, Asher Staton has moved into his new role as Victor Gardens’s Community Manager. He’s supported by a talented team at Associa Minnesota, our Victor Gardens management company. Asher’s many responsibilities include working with our various boards of directors, our architectural review committee, home builders, city officials, vendors, contractors, and homeowners. 

We appreciate our former Community Manager, Phillip McDougle, for his years of service to our neighborhood. We wish Phillip well as he moves on to his career’s next chapter. 

TownSq is Victor Gardens’ official website, managed by Associa. Owners receive important official info, reserve meeting room space, and pay dues on Associa’s TownSq website. Complete your TownSq profile for access to these features. 

Victor Gardens News and its Facebook page includes a lot of valuable and historic information. This site and Facebook is hosted and maintained by long-time VG residents. 

If you have any questions, contact Asher and Associa’s customer service team: AtYourService@associa.us or (763) 746-1188.

Asher Staton
Community Manager
Associa Minnesota
7100 Northland Circle N., Suite 300
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

(763) 225-6400 – Main
(763) 746-1188  – Customer Service

August 4, 2022

VG Single Family Village HOA Board Meeting scheduled August 17

The next meeting of Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowner's Association Board of Directors will be Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30pm. The Board will meet at VG's Neighborhood Activity Center's upstairs meeting room. Any resident of VG's Single Family Village HOA is welcomed. A community forum will be provided at the beginning of the meeting. Any owner is encouraged to speak with the board at this time.

June 6, 2022

Violation Reporting Form for VG Single Family Village HOA

The Board wishes to remind property owners of the restrictive covenants, bylaws and rules applicable to all Victor Gardens properties. These were adopted to protect our property values and ensure that Victor Gardens remains a pleasant and desirable community.

Our Victor Gardens’ Community Manager, Phillip McDougle continues to hear from residents about covenant and rule violations. To address concerns, the Board asks that going forward, residents report related issues with an online Violation Reporting Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3wlWT7hpSqAgh8vfAOQlggO4uuyeaBoTumXiuz-LGiBFWsg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Report issues that you consider to be potential violations of Victor Gardens Community Association (A.K.A. the Master Association) and/or Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowner’s Association’s bylaws, rules, covenants, records of action or board directives. In order for the Single Family Village’s Board of Directors to consider your report you must …
  • describe the potential violation 
  • cite the relevant bylaw, rule, covenant, record of action document or board action. For your reference, copies of those documents are available on the Victor Gardens News website: http://blog.victorgardensnews.org/p/associations-info.html 
  • include your name and address in the Violation Reporting Form. This information will not be shared beyond the Board of Directors and Associa’s community management professionals. 
  • be specific. Vague, incomplete or inappropriate responses will not be reviewed by the Board. 

Examples of detailed responses are:
  • Example 1.) There are trash cans that have been left out since March 1 at 123 Jardin Avenue. According to a Feb. 25, 2014 Single Family Village Board of Directors Record of Action, this is not allowed. ( http://blog.victorgardensnews.org/2014/03/sfv-garbagerecycling-rules-change.html )
  • Example 2.) A portable basketball hoop at 123 Garden Way has been outdoors since June 1. This is a violation according to a June 2015 Master Board classification of this equipment relative to Section 7.15 of the Master Covenants. (Also described here: http://blog.victorgardensnews.org/p/sfv-arc.html#play
  • Example 3.) Owners at 123 Everton Ave are building a shed and significantly changing their landscaping. I spoke to the owners and they told me they didn’t submit an Architectural & Landscape Change Application for the work they’re doing. I know that these types of improvements must be approved in writing by the A.R.C. according to Master Covenants 8.3. 
  • Example 4.) Since April, owners at 123 Cosette have parked a trailer in their driveway and not in their garage. This is a violation of the Master Rules, Vehicle and Parking Regulations. It’s also a violation of VG’s Master Covenants 7.14 Parking/Vehicles/Personal Property. 

Links to documents:

May 26, 2022

Victor Gardens opens Friday!

Victor Gardens pool opening, 1947
Have fun.

Play nice.

Leave alcohol beer and glass bottles at home.

Cameras and recording equipment are present.

Don't open the door for others. (If someone causes trouble and you were the one who let them in, you’ll lose your pool privileges.)

We are happy to announce that the pool is opening without Covid-19 Restrictions this year! Everyone within Victor Gardens that is in good account standing will have access to the pool.

Homeowners found in violation of the pool rules may have their key privileges revoked.

The pool key fob is black. Lost, stolen, or misplaced key fobs must be reported to management. Replacement keys are $40. All Key fob and facility access questions should be directed to Victor Gardens Community Association's Management Company, Associa Minnesota. Customer Service: 763-746-1188.

To report unauthorized pool access, dangerous situations or vandalism, contact the Washington County Sheriff.Emergency: Dial 911
Non-Emergency: Dial (651) 439-9381

  2. The swimming pool and water park are for the exclusive use of the members of Victor Gardens Community Association and their guests. The maximum number of guests per household is four. 
  3. The Victor Gardens Community Association, its officers, directors and agents assume no responsibility for injuries. 
  4. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.
  5. People who cannot swim must wear lifejackets while in the pool. 
  6. Diving, running, wrestling, horseplay and throwing objects are absolutely prohibited.
  7. Showers are required before entering the pool. 
  8. Persons who have infections or communicable diseases must not enter the pool. 
  9. Infants and toddlers who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers. 
  10. Smoking is not allowed in or around the pool area along with the Activity Center. 
  11. No Food or Glass bottles are allowed in the pool area. 
  12. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the pool area. 
  13. Drunkenness is not allowed and any intoxicated individuals will be asked to leave the pool area. 
  14. In order to keep the pool area pleasant for everyone, radios, tape players, CD players and other audio devices must be played only with earphones. Loudspeakers are prohibited. 
  15. Pets are not allowed in the pool area. 
  16. Pool hours are 6:00 am to 10:00 am for lap swim and 10:00 am to 9:00 pm for open swim. (during pool season) 
  17. All pool toys must be removed from the pool each night, toys left in the pool will damage the pool’s mechanical system. (No Inflatable floatation devices are allowed in the pool except water wings, life jackets or infant/small children flotation seats.) 
  18. All access to the pool area must be through the Activity Center. The gate is to be used for emergency purposes only. 
  19. Spitting, spouting water from the mouth, and blowing noses in the pool are prohibited. 
  20. The Victor Gardens Community Association Board of Directors reserves the right to revoke anyone’s pool privileges for not following these pool rules. 
  21. The Victor Gardens Community Association Board of Directors may amend these pool rules at any time, without notice. You can contact Associa Minnesota for the most current and up-to-date rules. 
These rules were adopted by the Victor Gardens Community Association Board of Directors

February 3, 2022

Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo

The Victor Gardens Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo are back in 2022!

Egg hunt will be held in Arbre Park on Sunday, April 10 at 1:00pm. 
Don't be late! It is over quickly. Bring your own bag/ basket.

Petting zoo will be held in the park from 1 - 3pm. 

We hope to see you there to join the fun.