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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...

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Book, Movie & Show Titles... Plus People's Names We Like

2015 UMass Garden Calendar is Now Available

Scenic Vistas and Current Events in Massachusetts State Parks

About Cranberries

Tree Planting Pointers

List of Prohibited Plants in Massachusetts

Favorite Gardening Quotations

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October 21, 2014

Thursday, October 23 in Wellesley
Learn the Basics of Tree Pruning and Care - Mass Hort Society Lecture

Friday, October 24 - Sunday, October 26 in Waltham
Fall Orchid Sale at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses

Saturday, October 25 in Boylston
Daylily and Hosta Clubs - Joint Meeting and Pot Luck Luncheon - Public is Welcome

Saturday, October 25 in Cambridge
Harvard's 2nd Ever Fungus Fair - Mushrooms, Yeasts, and Molds

Saturday, October 25 in Wellesley
Floral Design for Jewelry and Crafts - Mass Hort Society Class

Saturday, October 25 - Saturday, November 15 in Jamaica Plain
Propagating Trees and Shrubs from Cuttings and Seeds: Arnold Arboretum Lectures & Workshops

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

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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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