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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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Liven Up Your Backyard With Tropical Decor

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