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Rare tropical plants taken in raid from Wellington Botanic Garden

Tropical plants worth thousands of dollars were stolen from Begonia House at Wellington’s Botanic Garden.

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Tropical plants worth thousands of dollars were stolen from Begonia House at Wellington’s Botanic Garden.

A dozen tropical plants costing thousands of dollars have been stolen from Wellington’s Botanic Garden.

Thieves took the plants, some of which were a metre high, as well as cuttings from Begonia House, manager David Sole said.

But while plant theft was becoming more common, it was the biggest theft ever seen at the gardens

“This type of plant theft is becoming more prevalent across New Zealand as there is a fad for rare or unusual houseplants which seems to be driving the market,” he said.

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Garden Manager David Sole says there are plans to beef-up security and monitoring of Begonia House.

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‘A place to get away’: Huge water feature coming to Tulsa Botanic Garden | News

The water garden’s name comes from John and Mary Ann Bumgarner of the Bumgarner Family Charitable Foundation, which made the “major gift” to make the project possible.

At Wednesday’s announcement, John Bumgarner said he is excited to see the garden develop further and thrilled to forever be a part of it.

“This garden’s special to Tulsa,” Bumgarner said. “It’s growing, as most gardens do, and it’s expanding and it’s future is going to be very bright.

“It’s a good effort, a good project, and we’re most happy to support it.”

A spokeswoman for the Botanic Garden said that while the Bumgarners declined to announce the exact amount of their donation, the entire project cost is about $1.25 million.

To make the water garden, crews will raise the pool at the seven-acre lake’s north end 18 inches to create a waterfall at the southern end. Opposite this feature at the Sunrise

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