Flowers stolen from Veterans' garden

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

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

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  • by me Location: sherman on Mar 27, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    Goes to show people will steal anything and everything. Low lifes.
  • by Karyn Location: Kingston on Mar 27, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    Where can donations be mailed to replace these plants?
  • by john Location: denison on Mar 27, 2008 at 04:39 AM
    That is as bad as it get's
  • by Wayne Location: Denison on Mar 26, 2008 at 08:26 PM
    Veteran’s need all the help from the county to many of the Veteran's organization that are huting for member's to help keep there door's open now this is not a goodd thing the young people need to talk to the veteran's they can learn from them many things we all need to remember if it wasnt for us veteran's we couldnt do the things we get to do today. God bless the Veteran's and God bless the USA
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2008 at 06:11 PM
    You people should be ashamed!!
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