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Fall asters Alma Potschke in the October garden.

Seasonal Chores
& Observations

Fall has arrived, and with it, cooler weather and shorter days. Thankfully, we've had some much-needed rain. The pink blossoms of the fall asters 'Alma Potschke' are spectacular... Read More...


A Gardener's Thanksgiving

About Cranberries

2015 UMass Garden Calendar is Now Available

Scenic Vistas and Current Events in Massachusetts State Parks

List of Prohibited Plants in Massachusetts

Boston Public Market Opens

Favorite Gardening Quotations

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November 27, 2014

Friday, November 28 - Sunday, December 28 in Sandwich
'Gardens Aglow' at Heritage Museums & Gardens - Holiday Crafts, Carousel Rides... and more

Friday, November 28 - Sunday, December 14 in Wellesley
Festival of Trees: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides - Mass Hort Society

Friday, November 28 - Friday, January 02 in Bristol
Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event - Blithewold Gardens

Friday, November 28 - Sunday, December 14 in Wellesley
Festival of Trees - Mass Horticultural Society

Tuesday, December 02 in Boston
The Resilient Farm... Ben Falk Talk & Book Signing - Presented by COGdesign

Tuesday, December 02 in Norwood
Holiday Sparkle, A Floral Design Program - Norwood Evening Garden Club

Wednesday, December 03 in Jamaica Plain
Arthur Shurcliff: From Boston to Colonial Williamsburg - Lecture at Arnold Arboretum

Friday, December 05 in Bristol
Wreath Making Workshop I @ Blithewold

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Coleus Kingswood Torch in a front-steps container. Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Year of the Coleus
for 2015

Coleus has a long history of use in our gardens as a foliage plant and has gone through various phases of popularity over the past couple of centuries.

The relative ease of establishment after planting, combined with a wide range of selections, has made coleus indispensable in the garden and popular in containers as well.

Coleus is thought to originate in Southeast Asia. While there is some debate as to when it arrived in Europe, Dutch botanist, Karl Ludwig Blume, is credited with naming and introducing the plant in mid 19th century England.

This member of the mint family, with the traditional square stems and opposite leaves, comes in a wide range of foliage coloration, leaf texture and plant form.

Considered an herbaceous perennial in its native range, coleus are used primarily as annuals by a wide range of the gardening public...


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