Any Other Topics: Plant thefts
Started by: Helen JohnstoneGo to latest contribution by Margaret Young, 06 February 2014, 12:50. Go to bottom of this page.
I am very sad to hear that three special plants have been stolen from RHS Wisley's alpine display this weekend.
This is terrible, but it is not a new phenomenon. I remember when I lived near Edinburgh in the 1970s and spent a lot of time visiting the RBG that Alf Evans was always complaining about thefts, including from his special area of the garden, the peat beds. Also, I remember at about the same time Reggie Kaye taking me to see a spot in his rock garden where a fine plant of Rhodothamnus chamaecistus had grown. As he puffed on his pipe he muttered something along the lines of, 'B....y Luftwaffe failed to kill it when they dropped a spare bomb near the garden that fractured the pond, but some b....r has finished it off now because they'll never get it to re-establish'. It was on that day in (roughly) 1974 that Reggie gave me a small plant of the rhodothamnus which I still have nearly 40 years later, after 3 house and garden moves!
These thefts are despicable. Bad enough that private possessions are targeted but somehow even worse when from a public garden, since we are ALL being attacked and affected by such thefts in these cases.
On the subject of Rhodothamnus chamaecistus - I well remember John Good's superb plant of this which one the premier award at Alpines 1991 - this must a relative of RK's plant then, I suppose, if not the gifted plant itself ? What a delightful plant it was, full of flower!