An Upstate long-running garden center that sells plants, gardening supplies, gifts and accessories was targeted by vandals.
Staffers at Martin Garden Center arrived Thursday morning to find extensive damage to their property on 198 Martin Road in Greenville.
According to the company’s media specialist, Kay Odell, one or more vandals sprayed most of the plants with an orange chemical, all while avoiding the security cameras. She said the incident was deliberate and calculated.
“[The vandalism] hit most of our spring crops and our shrub area,” said Odell. Staffers should know within two to three days whether or not the spring plants will survive. They will know about the shrubs in about a week.
According to a report filed with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, the damage is believed to affect 15,000 plants for an estimated value of around $150,000.
Martin Garden Center is currently closed while staff members work to clean and save as many plants as possible. Odell stresses the company will not sell any plants that are damaged. According to a facebook post Friday morning, Martin Garden Center hopes to re-open on Monday, March 18.
The company’s owner posted this message on social media Thursday, receiving a lot of support from the Upstate community.
The company has filed a report with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any information you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME.