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donna@icangarden.com29-Jan-03 08:52 PM EST 3a   
DonE30-Jan-03 12:36 PM EST 5b   
Ann13-Feb-03 07:32 PM EST   
24-Feb-03 02:08 PM EST   
PatA24-Feb-03 07:13 PM EST 3a   
Budding Poet25-Feb-03 04:34 PM EST 5a   


Subject: Home Security while hosting tours
From: donna@icangarden.com
Zone: 3a
Date: 29-Jan-03 08:52 PM EST

I was sent a very interesting question today and I do hope I will see some of your thoughts on it.

Have any of you ever had problems with your home or your garden after you have had a garden tour? I know I have never had anything bad go wrong - items stolen, house broken in to, but wonder about it.

I did hear about one home a few years back that had their garden accessories stolen after opening their garden to a garden tour to help raise funds for a local charity, but that is the only one.

comments please -


Subject: RE: Home Security while hosting tours
From: DonE
Zone: 5b
Date: 30-Jan-03 12:36 PM EST

Donna, we've hosted a number of plant sale/garden tours and whatnot over the years with very little problems (other than kids & dogs) Our place has a large wooded area with lots of natural plants (trillium, arisima, ferns, wild ginger, etc. Not for sale, of course) and have occasionaly found a "hole" where a plant used to be.


Subject: RE: Home Security while hosting tours
From: Ann
Zone:
Date: 13-Feb-03 07:32 PM EST

We hosted a garden tour and had over 300 people visit, we had no problems at all, I think most people are decent and considerate of the home/garden owner. I could tell if people were hoping I would ask if they would like a cutting or a few seeds !!! Non helped themselves though.


Subject: RE: Home Security while hosting tours
From: (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone:
Date: 24-Feb-03 02:08 PM EST

A few nights after a garden tour of our block last year, everyone had their gazing balls stolen. They were in the front yards, so it could have just as easily been coincidence.

I have noticed, at public gardens, that there is a segment of the population that believes it is okay to remove plants, seed heads and to pinch off cuttings from plants. Often, they will incorporate the help of bystanders to act as "blocks from view" while they pilfer. I have been recruited for this in the past and refused to cooperate.

These people are adept at rationalizing and downplaying their behaviour. The reality is, that without the permission of the owner, these people are stealing. And, no, just because it is a "public" park doesn't mean the public can help themselves.


Subject: RE: Home Security while hosting tours
From: PatA
Zone: 3a
Date: 24-Feb-03 07:13 PM EST

The nursery where I work puts on a garden tour every year. The year I went along as guide, we discovered a plant that the home owner and myself couldn't identify. I announced loudly enough for everyone to hear (so I thought) that I would take back a sample provided by the homeowner to identify. When the tour ended 6 ladies handed in pieces of this plant for identification. The moral of my story, some people just don't listen.


Subject: RE: Home Security while hosting tours
From: Budding Poet (CBRIAN@attcanada.ca)
Zone: 5a
Date: 25-Feb-03 04:34 PM EST

We had a very bizarre incident shortly after a garden tour. When my wife arrived home with our herd of dachsies she noticed a car parked with its trunk wide open by the side garden. After tucking the dogs away, she looked out the bedroom window and saw a lady busily digging plants from the garden. My wife hastened outside and interrupted this intrepid plant hunter’s pursuit. The zany zealot apologized, emptied most of her trunk and sped away.

I have to chuckle whenever I reflect on this event. I know that most of us are afflicted with a wonderful lust for fine plants. The gardens of avid gardeners are mines for botanical gems but this desperado must have felt she had struck the mother lode.

I was sorry I didn’t return until after her departure. Perhaps on a future expedition to Manotick’s millionaire mansions she could have found me some double trilliums. :~)

A plant collector right out of her tree.................................................................................... Lustfully went on a garden spree........................................................................................... With ne’er a grovel ................................................................................................................. Dug plants from our hovel................................................................................................ Singing 'the best things in life are free.'


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