I'm a garden columnist working on an article about thefts of specimen plants from private gardens. Like any gardener, I've had flowers and shrubs snatched from street-side plantings. Increasingly, though, I'm hearing (so far at second-hand) about really valuable specimen plants -- mature Japanese threadleaf maples, cycads, etc. -- disappearing from private gardens. The gardener comes home from a weekend getaway and finds a crater where his or her prize used to be.
Have any members of this forum experienced anythinkg like that? If so, would you be willing to speak with me about it? There must be a black market in stolen plants of this sort.... I'd like to offer readers advice on how to prevent this sort of loss.
Thank you, Tom Christopher