Early morning on Memorial Day, before the crowds descended upon the bloomfest, a vandal looking for some free heirloom irises paid a visit to Baristaville’s Presby Iris Gardens. The new wrought iron fence along Upper Mountain Avenue was no deterrent to the mystery visitor who bagged five irises, was apparently scared away, and dropped the goods when fleeing the scene of the crime. From The Star Ledger:
“Somebody must have been ‘shopping’,” said Linda Sercus, the garden director. “Maybe somebody spotted them, and they ran. But good grief!”
“How can you be so self-centered?” Sercus said of anyone who would uproot the irises, especially so close to the peak blooming season.
Although the garden hit is bizarre and damage was slight, the vandalism brought back memories of “iris-cide” which rocked the community three years ago.