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Duke Gardens vandalism will cost thousands

Posted March 20, 2012

— Police are searching for the people who vandalized the famous Duke Gardens, breaking dozens of pots and damaging a sculpture.

Authorities in Durham said the vandalism occurred sometime late Friday or early Saturday, damaging about 40 terra cotta pots imported from Italy. A sculpture in one of the park's fountains was also damaged, along with a sign.

William LeFevre, the gardens' director, said the extent of the damage is still being tallied, but it is expected it to cost thousands of dollars.

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, which date to the 1930s, are one of the university's most famous features. The 55-acre attraction draws more than 300,000 visitors a year.

A wedding in the gardens was delayed about an hour Saturday as crews worked to clean up the mess.

Anyone with information on the vandalism should call the Duke Police Department at 919-684-2444.


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  • BULLCityBGTD Mar 23, 2012

    if you dont live in durham or dont like durham then no one cares about your opinion ... until you come here and see how this place has changed and see what good durham has to offer then you will still be a small minded, ignorant waste of life. bull city! boom!

  • Deep Thought Mar 21, 2012

    Peppercorns -"the two side of Durham...The college and academic side and the ghetto side." I no longer live in Durham (thank goodness) and it does have a lot of serious problems. Then someone like you make comments that make it appear that Durhamites are either academics or gun and knife totting persons. Guess what, those two groups are the minority. The majority are hard working people just trying to get by. You need a serious attitude adjustment.

    PEOPLE - you're missing the point. Maybe the 'imported' pots have been there for years and years. And, yes, Duke has a zillion dollars and can afford to replace the pots but it should not be necessary.

    Some people with holes in their brains, too much booze, lack of morals, too much evil in them destroyed something just because they could. These are the same types of people that destroy tombstones.

    This sort of mess happens everywhere but I'm not sorry I no longer live in Durham.

  • Dirt Road Daisy Mar 21, 2012

    I agree it was a terrible selfish act. I do hope they are caught. But my question is...why imported pots? Why not "home grown" pots made from our many potters in the area? Spend the money in our own state!

  • dryjr Mar 21, 2012

    It's bad that this happened,although I thimk Duke with about a Billion in Endowment can afford to replace some pots.

  • clover1019 Mar 21, 2012

    terrible....i say they turn the bride that had her wedding delayed lose on them!

  • bubbaOK Mar 21, 2012

    A few cracked terra cotta pots doth not a quorum make yall.

  • pedsRN Mar 20, 2012

    Senseless destruction of private property. Some people have no respect for the property of others.
    I like lumberman's idea of punishment. If more criminals had to work off their crimes, maybe there would be less crime.

  • JAT Mar 20, 2012

    photoJ - what?? because I don't see the wiseness in spending $1000 on a pot that you're going to put dirt in and sit outside when you can spend $10 on the same thing at Target? May not have taste but if my planters get busted, I ain't cryin' nobody a river

  • PhotoJ Mar 20, 2012

    JAT remind me not to involve you in matters that require taste.

  • melmom8 Mar 20, 2012

    They should be held financially accountable and punished to the extend of the law. Vandalism is serious and a requirement of time served as well as community service is in order.