in a couple of the plant trading threads there have been some comments about getting plants from construction sites or other 'wild' areas, which got me to wondering about the opinions others may have on the practice of 'stealing' plants. First let me say that I don't mean stealing from other peoples gardens - where it's clear that the plants are on private property. That's just nasty. Nor to i mean taking plants from garden beds clearly tending by the city or district that you live in or from parks. Again that's also nasty. What i mean is areas of urban wilderness if you will, or places where you know the plants are going to be destroyed- example a construction area. another example - the other day we were out for a walk around the trails in north van. Part of the trail we were walking ran along behind some houses. There were some beautiful white forget-me-nots growing along the path. These plants were either garden escaper's, or tossed over the fence in a rash act of yard clean up. either way they were not A) on anyone's property and B) not native to the area. So i pulled up a few plants and brought them back to my garden. I wonder if other gardeners consider this 'stealing' or an okay sort of practice? Personally it sits in a bit of gray area for me. Since i took what wasn't mine without any, human, permission or payment, it feels like stealing. (tho no humans were asked, i do feel mother nature was okay with it) but i also didn't take all of them, they shouldn't be growing there anywhere nor were there any clear owners so... hhhmmmm.... thoughts, opinions? a.