Stealing plant labels

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To those who steal plant labels at botanical gardens and display gardens because they want to remember the name of a plant. These thieves not only vex those of us who follow behind and wish we knew the name of that plant, but they create a lot of work for garden staff. This is not a rare crime -- replacing missing tags is one of the biggest jobs at every botanical garden.

Ten years ago we understood why so many tags walked, but now... wouldn't those who don't have paper and pencil to record the name, have a cell phone so they could just take a picture of the tag?

They pluck them off wires hung from branches, pry them nails and all from posts, carry them off with 18" stake attached... the plant tag stealers!

They pluck them off wires hung from branches, pry them nails and all from posts, carry them off with 18" stake attached... the plant tag stealers!