Hi JP Garden Club Members and All,
Most of you could not attend the Forest Hills Cemetery Greenhouses tour on Saturday. Fifteen lucky attendees walked away with countless ideas and free fibrous begonias. Did you know that the cemetery has the largest collection of Victorian sculptures in the country? Take in the Daniel Chester French relief, a memorial to the Millipore family, to the left just as you enter the cemetery from Morton Street.
I am forwarding a few tips, for the attendees who didn¹t have paper and pencils:
The cemetery uses 5-10-5 fertilizer and lime in the outdoor beds.
Safers insecticidal soap controls the aphids.
Neem oil is a staple in the greenhouses for controlling insect larvae growth.
Diatomaceous Earth is used to control slugs.
Among the plants that inspired inquiry:
"Kiwi Fern" Coleus
"Inki Pink" Coleus
Plectranthus... a fuzzy leafed shade lover, slug resistant, low growing, green will yellow edges.
Thuja plicata (rooting #3), "Tree of Life". A spring green, deer-resistant Arborvitae
Harringtoniana, shade loving yew. Very hardy.
The Cemetery Personnel:
Brian King is the greenhouses manager.
The volunteer grounds tour guide was Al Maze.
Nini Colmore is the Cemetery marketing manager who organized the event for us. If anyone wants to thank her personally she can be reached at
Anyone can plan events. There is a lot of enthusiasm for trips to nurseries that specialize in grasses or clematis, garden tours in other towns, visits to each other¹s gardens here is J.P, etc. All we need are self-motivated planners!
Feel free to take the initiative. E-mail your event idea, dates, times, locations to other members. A good tip: No date is good for everyone. Just pick the date and time that works for you.