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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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December 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21 in Ipswich
A Solstice Stroll at the Crane Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, December 27 in Harvard
Guided Trail Walk through Fruitlands

Saturday, December 27 in Medfield
Wilderness Survival: Winter Skills - Class

Tuesday, January 06 - Tuesday, January 27 in Stockbridge
Botany for Gardeners - Tuesdays @ the Berkshire Botanical Garden

Saturday, January 10 in Worcester
NOFA/Mass Winter Conference - Northeast Organic Farming Association

Thursday, January 15 in Wellesley
Bees: Imagine a World Without Them - Mass Hort Society - Lecture

Thursday, January 22 in Wellesley
Sogetsu Ikebana from Basic to Freestyle - Mass Hort Society Demonstration

Saturday, January 24 in Wellesley
Meditations In Ink: An Introduction to Asian Brush Painting - Mass Hort Society - Workshop

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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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