|Fencing destroyed at the Bo White Community Gardens.|
The gardener, who doesn’t want his name published, says someone kicked in a wooden door on his garden plot, smashed ceramic garden gnomes and a ceramic sign, and destroyed plastic pots. The damage is estimated at $300.
|A broken gate.|
Smith has scheduled a meeting for all the Bo White gardeners for Feb. 10 to discuss the vandalism; explain the roles of the Park Authority, Police Department, and gardeners; and develop strategies for strengthening security.
The gardener who complained about the vandalism would like to see the police cruise by occasionally. There’s been vandalism there before, but the recent incidents are a lot worse, he says.
Most gardeners don’t mind sharing some of their crops with homeless people, he says, but there have been instances of people treating the gardens “like a grocery store without a cash register at the end.”His backyard at Holmes Run Acres is too shady for gardening, so he’s been growing tomatoes, squash, eggplants, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, and lettuce at the Bo White Gardens for the past four or five years.
When he started, it cost $65 a year to rent a 20 by 30-foot garden plot. Now it’s $125. “I’m not sure if the cost and work is worth it if the county isn’t going to provide security,” he says. “It’s really frustrating.”
|Smashed pots and accessories.|