Springdale garden may have been poisoned

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SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) -- Springdale police are offering a $500 reward for information about what may have killed the flowers and vegetables in the town's community garden.

Police Chief Kurt Wright says the two-year-old Zion Canyon Community Garden plants all died in early July. He says tests found traces of a poisonous chemical that may have been sprayed on the plants.

He says an investigation has not identified a source for the chemical, nor any enemies of the organic gardeners who tend the 11 plots.

Garden manager Lisa Zumpft says she hopes the reward will help solve the mystery. She says the dead plants have been removed and the garden replanted with tomatoes, beans, bell peppers, squash and other vegetables. She says high interest in the garden has spurred expansion plans.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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