The temptation to pull over on Dewdney Trunk Road, cut the chains and pack six showpiece flower baskets into a vehicle, then take off down the road, proved too much for thieves Sunday night.
The baskets, three of which were hanging baskets and three designed to sit on a wall, had been chained to the Grow and Gather plant nursery in the 24500-block of Dewdney.
Renata Triveri and Bill Hardy, the owners, had been growing the baskets since February and weren’t surprised to see the flowers stolen.
The nursery’s previous owners gave up putting flowers outside after twice having such thefts.
Triveri said the retail cost of the stolen baskets is about $1,200.
“But we’re gardeners, so the real worth was in the anticipation of seeing them fill
out, and in the response we receive from our neighbours and customers,” she said.
They’ve offered a $200 reward to anyone who reports the location of the pink moss baskets and wall toppers.