City offices will be closed Monday, Oct 5 due to the heavy rains. Monday's trash pickup is postponed until Wednesday.
Almost 90% of the rare Venus Flytraps growing in the city’s new Alderman Park have been stolen, according to the City’s Parks Division.
Parks staff report that well over 1,000 of the plants now in bloom have been dug up over the last few weeks and little remains to generate seeds for future replanting. The most recent thefts occurred this week. With a price tag of about $20 each, the stolen plants are valued at $20,000.
With a grand opening in April, Alderman Park, located next to Alderman Elementary School, is the city's newest park. The park includes the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, a large plot of the rare Venus flytrap and other carnivorous plants. Rehder was a local horticulturalist and national spokesman for carnivorous plants. Now that most of the Venus Flytraps are gone, staff report that carnivorous plants such as Pitcher Plants and Sun Dews are also being stolen.
Anyone with information about the stolen plants is asked to