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.|