HENRY WHITTAKER IS ALIVE AND STEALING…
A few of you have sent me the link to this story, about a rare waterlily being stolen from Kew Gardens just this week.
Amazing that some modern-day version of our fictitious Henry is still actively stealing plants from the botanical treasure house that is Kew.
This was a hanging crime back in the 18th century — and also a really common crime, given the enormous value of rare plants to hungry collectors and rival gardens during the golden age of botanical exploration.
I do hope authorities find the dear missing waterlily — and if they don't, I can only hope she is the hands (or the greenhouse) of someone who knows how to keep her alive.
Britain: Rare Waterlily Is Stolen
A minuscule, nearly extinct waterlily has been stolen from London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, officials said Monday.