SHERMAN, Tex. -- Police are investigating another theft in Sherman. This time it’s plants stolen from a public park. What makes the crime even worse--those plants are part of a veteran’s memorial garden.
The Grayson Master Gardeners planned the Veteran’s Memorial garden with red, white, and blue flowers. Now there are just holes in the ground where those plants used to be.
Trampled pansies and dirt on the sidewalks are scattered among ground cover where flowers and shrubs to honor Grayson county veterans were stolen.
"It's disheartening that someone would come in and disrespects it this way and takes the plants," says Richard Green, Master Gardener’s director.
Green says someone uprooted about $100 worth of perennials planted solely by volunteers.
“I actually brought my grandchildren out for Easter and I wanted to show them the site and there were holes where there should have been roses, salvias, and perennial plants," says Lacy Price, site coordinator who has logged more than 50 hours at the garden.
The Grayson County Master Gardeners maintain the site and were preparing the area to look especially nice for Memorial Day. The garden honors Grayson County veterans killed in our nation’s wars. They don't know exactly when these thefts occurred, until Price saw the plants were missing.
"That's when we discovered it on Friday, Good Friday of all days," Green says.
They say it's not about the money, but about the time, effort, and purpose of the garden. They have one request for the community:
"Please don't steal our plants!!" Price says.
The Gardeners buy plants from donations. If you would like to help, contact the Master Gardeners at 903-813-4204
A mailing address is:
Grayson Co. Extension Office
Attn: Master Gardeners
100 W. Houston St., Courthouse
Sherman, TX 75090