plant police/invasive plant list from customer
This is somewhat wordy, but I want to set the scene properly;
At the nursey this morning, arrived to find some returned used gallon and two gallon pots.( we reuse them and let our customers know we will take nursery pots back, sometimes they leave them by our closed sign if passing by at off hours). In one of the pots was an envelope addressed to the nursery, I thought in my innocence maybe a nice note thanking us for the nice plants that had been in the pots, or a personal note from a customer we hadn't seen in a while, but no, it was a list of invasive plants, according to an article that was copied and attached. Handwritten on the list, Please stop growing this plant!, and the plant, which I won't name, was circled on the list.Note unsigned, by the way.
This brings several issues to mind;
I'm sure this was a sincere, nonmalicious suggestion by someone who thought they were helping the earth.
If the plant is on someone's invasive list, is it all right to decide it should never be grown again?, and to then tell a nursery what they should or should not be growing?
Is it well meaning but crossing the line to rudeness/arrogance?
I know I'd be more comfortable if they had signed their name and we could have had a discourse.
Obviously I have the plant on my list and we grow it, so I have decided it is worthy and beautiful, and do not see an invasiveness issue, much less than say, Rose of Sharon, or another self seeder.
The previous night on another forum on garden web I read two unrelated posts in which people informed posters that the plant they were asking about was invasive and should never be planted, and must be ripped from the garden, when in fact, both posters misidentified the plant in question based on common names.
I know the whole subject of invasive plants is fraught with strong feelings and stridency, that is why this post is not about a specific plant, but rather the way in which the issue was brought to my attention and my feelings in response.
Thanks for listening,