The five of us are attending the National Master Gardener Coordinator Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey. To me, it's amazing how old everything is. In Colorado, "old" is 100 years. To those on the east coast, that's considered modern.
Our hotel is located across the street from two very old churches and adjoining cemeteries. In spirit with the Halloween season, we thought you'd enjoy some photos of what we saw (no ghosts or ghouls). It became obvious that maintaining the landscape within a centuries-old cemetery is a daunting task. The tombstones, some dating back to the early 1700s, are in various stages of toppling. The turf is old and thin. The mature trees create various challenges with surfacing roots and shading. But all in all, it was fantastic to walk through and see those who were buried in the graveyard. Many were soldiers of the Revolutionary or Civil War. In short: it was really, really cool!
|Christ (Episcopal) Church cemetery in New Brunswick, NJ (ca. 1745)|
|First Reformed Church (Dutch Reformed Church) cemetery (ca. 1717)|
|One of the major problems with older cemeteries is surfacing tree roots.|
Tree roots tend to grow on the surface in areas of low soil oxygen. This can
make maintenance around roots (and gravestones) difficult.
|A very mature beech tree (love!) growing among dozens of graves.|
|I wonder if the tree root caused the headstone to lean?|
|Cemeteries are not exempt from piles of leaves |
(it just adds another wrinkle to maintenance).
|Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans), a groundcover, has become |
an attractive weed in this cemetery.
|A praying mantis hanging out on a wrought iron fence.|
What a gorgeous insect.