When Tammy McDonald came to check on the lavender field she has been planting and tending in front of the local post office this week, she found holes where plants had been.
“Who would think of doing that?” McDonald said. Over the last two years the post office has hired McDonald to replace the sparse scrubby plantings out front with a mini lavender field, she said. “Something for people to enjoy when they come around the corner.” Approximately 225 total plants have been planted, with an additional 40 added this spring.
Over the June 4 weekend 10 of the plants were stolen, and McDonald hopes the thief will repent or be caught. “Shame on whoever thought they could help themselves to the lavender,” McDonald said. “This is called stealing.” Not only does the theft take away from her hard work planting and hand watering and the post office’s commitment to beautify their streetscape, she said, it robs the community of something that is there for everyone to enjoy.
McDonald said she the plants will be replaced next spring when conditions are right.