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Plant thieves prey on Burlington gardeners

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016 by 2 comments

“Gee, this is a new one for me: someone stole a planted perennial plant out of my front yard yesterday or the day before. Pretty bad karma since people garden for all kind of positive reasons. On the slim chance you’re the thief and read this, please take care of this one, it was a favorite. Also, next time just stop by the house and I’ll probably give you a clipping to grow. I’m going to tell myself that maybe this was a plant rescue since I’ve gotten behind in my weeding.”
• Bill on Bradley St, posted on a Burlington neighborhood Front Porch Forum

“Someone dug up two lilies, two daffodils, and a dianthus from my front yard last night. Unbelievable. If I find you, I’m calling the police.”
• Megan on Bright St, posted on a Burlington neighborhood FPF

“I went out to work in my front garden today, and I noticed that one of my Coral Bell plants was missing. It appears to have been dug up and some of the dirt and mulch was replaced to cover the hole. I’m having a hard time figuring out why someone would do that, other than really wanting a new plant. I’m assuming that you wanted to make your yard more beautiful too and I really hope it was replanted in a lovely spotIn the future if you would really like a plant, knock on my door and ask me. I would be more than happy to divide one of my hostas for you. If you are reading this and you took my plant, I would be very grateful if you would return it.”
• Megan on Greene St, posted on a Burlington neighborhood FPF

“Grrrrr, plant thief in the night… A small white rosa rugosa was stolen from the hell strip (the land between the sidewalk and the street) in front of our house on N Prospect St last night. Whether the thief believed it belonged to the city or to me, it remains a theft. May the branches of my fragrant rose prick your conscience for some time to come.”
• Angie on N Prospect St, posted on a Burlington neighborhood FPF

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  1. Marna Ehrech says:

    Unbelievable. I so enjoy viewing the gorgeous gardens in SHelburne as I walk the dogs. It’s very sad that people will stoop so low.

  2. Lori says:

    I have lived on Bradley Street for many years and have this happen to me as well. One time I caught a thief red handed. I was walking my dog during a rain storm and saw this women, with her dog near my garden. It was a women in her 40’s or 50’s wearing a hood to hide behind. She said she went to smell my flowers and her dog accidently got his leash caught on my plant and he pulled it up. (Johnny-jump ups are not scented.) I told her I can still put the plant back in the ground, she laughed and walked away with my plant. I brought my dog inside and went to see where she lived, but she disappeared quickly. I was so upset that someone at her age could be so bold and arrogant! And worse, probably lives close by. I have had quite a few stolen through the years that I no longer plant flowers.

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