Treasured cactus and succulents destroyed in Melbourne – can you help? Vandals have destroyed rare cacti at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Garden. They attacked the columnar cacti and succulents in the Arid Garden, with about 80 per cent of the plants damaged. It looks like they were hacked using a machete or axe.
The shocking attack has destroyed plants that were more than 30 years old, many rare and threatened species, and it would take decades to replace such mature specimens.
Source: ABC News
The mindless vandalism which seriously damaged the splendid Botanical Gardens collection of cacti and succulents yesterday might be made good if people who may have some large/surplus plants that they are willing to donate to the Garden did so.
The type of plants in question often can be transplanted succussfully. People would need help to transport cacti there in view of the difficulties of handling same, but a public appeal may bring a willing public response. My observations are that many large specimens are to been seen in many suburban gardens whose owners may be ready to help replenish the collection.