This one might be Encyclopedia Brown worthy (or Nancy Drew, or the Hardy Boys).
Co-owner of the Little Vienna Bakery Cafe and Marketplace Susan Nyikes contacted Sooke PocketNews to alert us to a mysterious theft that occurred on Friday evening (May 27, 2016).
It would appear that a number of specifically-selected plants were dug up from their patio garden, along with an arrangement of herbs and flowers. And, not only were they dug up and taken away, but most of the holes were refilled, almost as if to say, “Nothing to look at here folks, move it along.”
It’s not just the disappearance of some expensive plants that bothers Nyikes. It’s also that the garden from where the plants were lifted was a Memorial Garden.
“We are feeling very saddened and rather disgusted that this past Friday some culprits came and stole several of the beautiful plants from Suzanne’s Memorial Garden at 6726 West Coast Rd,” wrote Nyikes to SPN, “For those who have visited regularly, immediate loss is felt as they recognize the significant gaps in the very full blossoming garden.”
A wide selection of plants are gone: herbs, irises, Spirea (Snowmound), Grerillea (Canberra gem dwarf evergreen), and four Libertae (orange blossoming sage-like grasses) are listed among the missing
This garden had been recognized annually for its beauty by Community’s in Bloom, the District of Sooke and as part of the Secret Garden Tour.
“Naturally with the tour being on this upcoming weekend, the property management had been investing extra manpower and additional flowers to make it ready as a showpiece of our community,” notes Nyikes, adding, “We are very disheartened.”
“We are hoping that if anyone notices suddenly that several plants like these are planted somewhere or other sudden suspicious activity of plant thefts occur they are reported to the RCMP.”
The Little Vienna Bakery does have a number of exterior cameras in place, and those will be reviewed.
If anyone witnessed some evening gardening going on this past Friday night, or if anyone has any information to add, please feel free to leave your comments below, and contact the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241.
Here is a gallery of photos provided by Susan Nyikes.[unitegallery little_vienna]