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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...


** R.I.P. Thomas M. Menino ** Former Mayor of Boston

2015 UMass Garden Calendar is Now Available

Scenic Vistas and Current Events in Massachusetts State Parks

List of Prohibited Plants in Massachusetts

About Cranberries

Boston Public Market Opens

Favorite Gardening Quotations

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October 31, 2014

Saturday, November 01 - Sunday, November 16 in Northampton
Fall Chrysanthemum Show - Smith College Botanic Garden

Sunday, November 02 in Bristol
Pruning Practices and Winter Interest Plant Walk - Blithewold Gardens

Sunday, November 02 in Bristol
Pruning Practices and Winter Interest Plant Walk - Blithewold Gardens

Thursday, November 06 in Bristol
Garden Design Luncheon: The Slow Flowers Movement: From Field to Vase

Thursday, November 06 in Medford
Oak Grove Cemetery: A Garden of Eternal Rest - Medford Garden Club - Free Lecture

Thursday, November 06 in Jamaica Plain
American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation - Arnold Arboretum Lecture

Friday, November 07 in Bristol
Eco-Floral Hands-On Workshop with Debra Prinzing

Saturday, November 08 in Waltham
Beginning Orchid Growing Workshop - Lyman Estate Greenhouses

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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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