When you die, you CAN take your garden with you
While in the German city of Augsberg, we passed by this graveyard (no, we weren't whistling). At first it looked like there were flowers and plants around the graves - but it turned out to be full-scale landscaping, with foundation plants, perennials and annuals! Every plot in the cemetery had these great little landscaped "plots." Each one was different.
I can only assume that surviving family members keep up with the plantings - because they have clipped hedges, thriving annuals, clean beds, most were weeded. I don't want to think about what fertalizes them.
Not sure if the departed got a chance to design their mini-garden, if their wishes are carried out by family members, don't know if the grounds-people at the cemetery help with the maintaining. Gardening ghosts?
I did a post a couple years ago about Claude Monet's garden cemetery plot, just down the street from his Giverny home & gardens in France, you can see that here: Monets Gravesite.
I think this is a great way to go! I have to get busy designing my plot now! Though I don't have a plot yet. My mom offered to buy me one after my father died -- in the same cemetery. But that's three-and-a-half hours from where I've been living for nearly thirty years -- and where I have my family. So I'm undecided. I could stay in my neighborhood -- Forest Lawn Cemetery is just up the street. And there I'd be in good company -- Millard Filmore is buried there, and so is Superfreak Rick James. But I don't know what I want. I only know death is certain, cremation is in order, and some nice plantings would be cool. If I can't be buried in my garden, this would be the next best thing.
What do you want planted on your grave?
|A little unkempt, and creepy, in an Addams family kinda' way. Altogether ookey.|
|Karl liked his pansies.|
|Four foundation evergreens. Hope they don't grow much bigger.|
|Here you can only read the plaque. Ivy is an adventurous decision.|
|Great use of groundcover, Franz & Maria have a tidy plot.|
|Rows and rows of small-scale gardening.|
|Sculpture of a tree is a nice touch, great groundcover.|
|Green & white theme plot, with room for new-comers.|
|A family into symmetry.|
|It's like going on a miniature garden tour.|
|Gertrud was a minimalist.|
|Simple, but nice.|
|I think this was my favorite.|
|Detail of the arrangement above.|
|No, this was my favorite. I think.|
|Altogether it was probably the nicest cemetery I've ever visited.|