Bulk Order
Pick up Saturday March 28, at Alprilla Farm 10-1pm. Order by Wednesday midnight.

Hello Friends of Cedar Rock Gardens,

We wanted to reach out with an opportunity to get delicious local produce, from us here at Cedar Rock Gardens and from our friends over at Alprilla Farm in Essex, along with a few other awesome local producers in bulk quantities at wholesale prices.

We Hope you are all keeping your head up in this time of uncertainty. Our friends Noah and Sophie Courser-Kellerman over at Alprilla Farm in Essex grow vegetables that are distributed in the fall and winter. They have had a terrific season this year and have enough food to be able to team up with us to bring you a vast selection of goods for a bulk order pick up. We have added our selections of fresh greens to their delicious roots, produce, wheat and beef options to give you the best local choice for all your eating needs.

Alprilla Farm is hosting the bulk pick up at their farm in Essex and all orders will be done through their new website (see link below). You will find a message from Sophie below detailing the pick up and how to order. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and we look forward to seeing you next spring!


Your farmers,
Elise and Tucker Smith
Cedar Rock Gardens

From Alprilla Farmers Noah and Sophie

I trust this newsletter finds you and all your loved ones safe and healthy. We are having one more bulk order to finish out the season.

  • Order here.
  • Deadline for ordering is Wednesday midnight.
  • Pick up is Saturday March 28th, 10-1 pm at Alprilla farm.
  • A very simple pick-up of your boxed order with minimal interaction.
  • And we’re hosting lots of other vendors on our platform!

We don’t usually plan for selling food in March, but we are hearing an immense call for good food to stock up on. We still have some vegetables and grains from our winter stores plus some fresh greens coming in the greenhouse and it feels important to get them out and feeding people in these uncertain times. We also have a number of friends with considerable inventory on their farms. The bulk order platform we’ve been using since October is in many ways well suited to the situation: you can stock up on pantry staples and good fresh food alike with minimal exposure by ordering ahead. We’ll set it up so you can just pull in the driveway, grab your box and leave payment.

You’ll find greens, carrots, cabbage, radish and celeriac aplenty from us and Cedar Rock Gardens. There are mushrooms from Fat Moon Farm! Both aged and fresh goat cheeses from Valley View. Eggs from Grant Family Farm. Maple syrup from Iron Ox Farm. Sauerkraut from Pigeon Cove Ferments. Fresh milled grains and a fresh batch of tortillas from Alprilla and delicious beans from our friends at Baer’s Best in Berwick Maine.

On our ordering site, we had to do a little work around to enable pay and pick up in person:

  • Fill your cart with what you like.
  • Check out.
  • You have to enter your shipping info though we are not shipping anything to you.
  • You don’t pay anything when you order, so skip through this section online and pay in cash or check when you pick up.
  • Your should get a confirmation email and your total is the subtotal listed.

Any trouble, feel free to email me. Ordering is open to everyone. Feel free to spread the word and share the link with friends!


Cedar Rock Gardens

Opening for the season on April 15th, 2020!

2020 Hours of Operation

Monday 8 am – 4 pm
Tuesday 8 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday 8 am – 5 pm
Friday 8 am – 4pm
Saturday 8 am – 4 pm
Sunday 9 am – 3 pm


Tomatoes and other hot weather seedlings will be out May 20th, 2020!

Happy Spring!

We are very excited to open for the season on April 15th this year. We have been busy busy seeding and transplanting in the greenhouses to get all the little plants ready to go into your gardens, pots, window boxes and planters! We were so excited the other night to hear the sweet sounds of the spring peepers coming from the pond.

The buds on the honey suckle are blooming, the garlic is pushing through the mulch, the green grass is starting to push for the sun, and the tulips are spreading their leaves. This is the time of year to remember though we still live in New England and we have another three weeks before we “should” start planting outdoors. That being said we are busy planting and seedling many beautiful plants for your gardens in the greenhouse.

We realize that many of you are going to be spending some extra time at home over the next couple of weeks. With such lovely weather, it is a great time to start planning. On this topic, we are planning to open April 15th this year – if there are any changes to that date due to the current events you will be the first to know. We hope you are all staying healthy and keeping calm. We are happy to help in any way we can – please feel free to reach out at any time.

This year we have loaded up the greenhouses with cold tolerant greens and other crops as well as seedlings so when we open in mid April we will have fresh produce for sale at our farm stand along with the cold weather seedlings.

We will be updating our website with a list of plants growing here at Cedar Rock this season  – we started early this year so we could offer a good variety of perennials and included in that will be lots of native and pollinator attracting flowers.  As always we grow everything here at Cedar Rock using practices that meet or exceed organic standards although we are not certified at this time, you can expect happy and healthy plants and produce grown right here on Cape Ann!

The greenhouses are bursting right now with an assortment of great foliage colors – we do not have many blooms on flowers yet but the shapes, sizes and colors of all the leaves are mesmerizing.  We are still using compost tea on all the seedlings and they love it! It helps the plants fight off any foliar diseases that might lurk in the warm and humid climate of a greenhouse . We also released a whole bunch of ladybugs and lacewings in the greenhouses to keep them clean of any bad bugs. Despite their cute little red body with the most symmetrical tiny black spots, ladybugs are ferocious when it comes to snacking on unwanted bugs. We take a lot of pride in the health of our seedlings and doing these preventative measures means no need for spraying harsh chemicals on the plants we grow and come to love over the weeks of tending to their needs.  We have also started applying mycorrhizah to the seedlings before transplanting them to bigger containers. This application of endomycorrhizal fungi and ectomycorrhizal fungi form a symbiotic relationship with the roots of the seedling. The fungi bonds to the roots of the seedling and allows the plant to get more benefit from nutrients and water in the soil.

We will be sending out a seeding schedule in the next couple of weeks. As many of you know, we have a CSA here at the farm and are able to offer a diverse diet of produce and herbs every week. There is still room in our CSA if you have any interest in joining please visit our website for an enrollment form and more information. If you have a large garden at home though we would still like to help you be the most successful. The seed schedule can act as a base for your garden planning we will dd in seed dates if you want to start your own and also transplant dates so you know exactly when we plant all our seedlings in the ground. Look forward to that email in the next few weeks!  We also will be hosting some education events here at the farm over the season and will be adding those to our website soon.
In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine and take care of your neighbors!

All the best,

Elise and Tucker

We still have room in our 2019 CSA, email us for more information or to sign up!


Friend Elise Smith writes,


Come on by Alprilla Farm (94 John Wise Ave. Essex, MA) this Saturday for a Pop Up Farm Stand!

10 am – 1pm

The pop up will be down in the greenhouse at Alprilla farm. There is parking right as you pull in the driveway, it is just a short walk past the barn to the greenhouse.

Alprilla will have lots of goodies to sell: roots, potatoes, squash, alliums, fresh milled grains, beans, ground beef and tomato sauce. They will also have kraut from Pigeon Cove Ferments. Chris from Grant Family Farm in Essex will be there with fresh eggs and chicken.

Tucker and I will be there with a bunch of fresh picked greens including spinach, arugula, Cape Ann mix and baby chard.

We look forward to seeing you! Hope the winter has been good and the holidays enjoyable!

All the best,
Elise and Tucker
Cedar Rock Gardens



If you are looking for something to fill in a planter or a spot in the garden, we can help you out! That heat wave was a doozy! We hope everyone stayed cool and your gardens stayed watered. We are having a sale until Monday, July 29th. As always, the produce fridge at the nursery is filled with all the beautiful veggies coming out of the field right now so make sure you take a look at what’s new in there!

20% off
Hanging baskets
Flower boxes

50% off all annuals


Elise and Tucker Smith
Cedar Rock Gardens

In Stock today!


Lettuce mix
Salanova mix
Cauliflower bishop
Kale Toscano
Kale winterbor
Broccoli gypsy
Turnip haukuri
Kohlrabi mix
Beets touchstone gold
Beets red ace
Tomato polish linguisa ‘big John’
Tomato estivation
Tomato green zebra
Tomato mr stripey
Tomato German Johnson
Tomato constoluto Genovese
Tomato Cherokee purple
Tomato striped German
Tomato red Brandywine
Tomato new girl
Tomato big beef
Tomato celebrity
Tomato Arkansas traveler
Tomato San Marzano
Tomato black cherry
Summer squash zephyr
Zucchini Dunja
Zucchini noche
Zucchini crostata romanesco
Summer squash multipik
Cucumber green fingers
Cucumber Corinto
Cucumber marketmore
Cucumber northern pickling
Winter squash butternut Waltham
Cantaloupe halona
Cantaloupe Hannah’s choice
Watermelon sugar baby
Eggplant orient charm
Eggplant Beatrice
Eggplant orient express
Eggplant Nadia
Pepper cayenne red rocket
Pepper cayenne arapahoe
Pepper joe e Parker
Pepper Hungarian hot wax
Pepper mad hatter
Pepper Bolivian rainbow
Pepper padron
Pepper sweet ace
Pepper Carmen
Pepper flavor burst yellow
Pepper gormet orange
Pepper intruder
Pepper jimmy nardello
Pepper red knight
Pepper escamillo
Pepper Cornito Rosso
Pepper cornito giallo
Lettuce bowls

Annual flowers

Zinnia Benary giant orange
Zinnia Benary giant salmon rose
Zinnia giant dahlia flower yellow
Zinnia profusion yellow
Zinnia profusion white
Angelonia super blue
Calendula dawn series apricot
Calendula princess mix
Calendula orange King
Calendula snow princess
Aster king sized mix
Verbena Bonariensis
Strawflower copper red
Strawflower mix
Dianthus chabaud picotee mix
Salvia evolution violet
Celosia fresh look gold
Ageratum red flint
Ageratum blue
Gomphrena fireworks
Gomphrena strawberry fields
Gomphrena formula mix
Salvia vista red
Salvia Victoria blue
Salvia Victoria white
Salvia citrus scent
Amaranthus red tails
Portulaca sundial scarlet
Portulaca mango
Portulaca sundial peppermint
Portulaca sundial fuschia
Gerbera daisy festival mix
Nasturtium whirlybird golden yellow
Nasturtium whirlybird cherry rose
Nasturtium trailing mix
Nasturtium Alaska
Superbena lilac blue
Superbena royal peach keen
Superbena lanai twister pink
Superbena Royal iced cherry
Rudbeckia cherry brandy
Argyranthemum vanilla butterfly
Argyranthemum golden butterfly
Cuphea fairy dust pink
Alyssum purple/Lavendar mix
Alyssum snow crystals
Begonia bossa nova night fever papaya
Begonia dragon wing red
Begonia top hat scarlet
Polka dot plant red splash
Begonia gryphon
Begonia bossa nova orange
Begonia on top sunset shades
Impatients New Guinea Apollo lilac
Coleus great falls iguaza
Coleus Main Street sunset boulevard
Begonia bossa nova pink glow
Impatience New Guinea sonic orange
Impatience New Guinea infinity blushing Crimson
Impatience rocapulco wisteria
Begonia nonstop mocha mix
Browalia endless flirtation
Impatience New Guinea infinity white
Sweet potato vine marguerite
Ipomoea sweet Caroline red
Sweet potato vine tricolor
Hypoestes hippo pink
Fuchsia dark eyes
Fuchsia swing time
Supertunia mulberry charm
Supertunia Bordeaux
Supertunia vista Fuschia
Calibrachoa superbells double ruby
Calibrachoa superbells blue moon punch
Calibrachoa superbells double or hi
Calibrachoa superbells morning star
Lantana Luscious citrus blend
Lantana luscious marmalade
Calibrachoa superbells tropical sunrise
Lantana lemon zest
Lantana luscious berry blend
Lantana bandana pink
Lobelia Rivera rose
Petunia vista silverberry
Dichondra silver falls
Marigold giant orange
Marigold giant yellow
Sedum ember reefs
Euphorbia diamond delight
Artemesia silver bullet
Osteospermum soprano purple
Osteospermum orange symphony
Karalee petite pink
Fountain grass
Petunia cappuccino
Fuchsia dark eyes
Fuchsia swing time
Geranium American cherry rose
Geranium caliente rose

Annual herbs

Curly parsley
Flat leaf parsley
Basil tulsi
Basil lettuce leaf
Basil Genovese
Basil sweet Thai
Basil lemon Mrs. Burns
Dill Superdukat
Dill Hera
Salad Burnett
sweet annie
cutting celery

Perennial Flowers

Cardinal flower
Butterfly weed
Ice plant
Hosta August white
Bidens beezar fire wheel
Speedwell first love
Speedwell white water
Flowering maple
Joseph’s coat
Coreopsis cruzin Route 66
Globe thistle
Cinquefoil monarchs velvet
Phlox spring delight
Silkweed hello yellow
Coral bells palace purple
Aster beauty dark blue
Annis hyssop
Spires blue mist
Columbine McKenna Giants mix
Columbine blue jay
Columbine Crimson star
Purple prince
Eupatorium gateway
Veronica enchanted indigo

Perennial Herbs

Lavender hidcote blue
Savory winter creeping
Marjoram compact
Sweet marjoram
Lemon mint bee balm
Chocolate mint
Variegated pineapple mint
Wild bergamot
Lemon balm
Greek oregano
Italian oregano
Red creeping thyme
White creeping thyme
Sage tricolor
Roman chamomile
Summer savory
St. John’s wort
Bronze fennel
lemon Verbena

Perennial edibles

Asparagus pacific purple
Asparagus jersey knight
Black raspberry Bristol
Black raspberry Mac black
Blueberry duke
Blueberry bluecrop
Blueberry northland
Black raspberry Chester
Red raspberry Caroline

House plants/Tropicals

Juncus twisted arrow
Haworthia window plant
Hens and chicks
Canna lily cannova bronze

please call or email with any questions.

thank you!
All the best,
Cedar Rock Gardens


While out and about organizing jobs for my landscape design clients with my newest assistant Charlotte, we were planning to take more photos, but it was too dreary. Believe me when I write, all three of our fantastic local nurseries are bursting with beautiful plants and garden ornaments that would make wonderful gifts for Moms, and all the special ladies in your life. The weather forecast for tomorrow is mostly sunny and mid-fifties, perfect weather for plant shopping.

New assistant, Charlotte, and best mother’s helper, our Radio Flyer COLLAPSIBLE wagon!

Mother’s Day Weekend Hours

Cedar Rock Gardens

    Saturday 8am to 4pm

    Sunday 9am to 3pm

Wolf Hill

    Saturday 8am to 6pm

    Sunday 9am to 4pm

Marshall’s Farm Stand

    Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm

When at Marshall’s Farm Stand, stop in to say hi to Angie’s Alpacas, Perry the Peacock, horses, goats, geese, and ducks. Kids are welcome!


Thanksgiving Bulk Pick-up

Need to round out your pantry as we head into the holiday season? We would like to offer an opportunity for bulk ordering on some produce this week.
Pick up will be between 3PM and 6PM on Thursday, November 15th. If you can not make this date let me know and we can work something out.
How to Order: Simply reply to this email listing what you would like by 5PM on Tuesday, November 13th. I will confirm your order. Email address: CedarRockGardens@gmail.com– Cedar Rock Vegetable  Ordering Options – 
Enjoy our wholesale prices by ordering in bulk!
Open to everyone—please feel free to spread the word!

We are doing a special “Thanksgiving Basket” that includes an assortment of items for your favorite Thanksgiving dinner ever.

This basket includes: 5# Carrots, 5# Mashing potatoes, 1 Head of cabbage, 2.5# Parsnips, 1 Butternut Squash, 1 mixed herb bundle, 1# cut lettuce, 1 Stalk Brussles Sprouts, 4# Leeks, 2 Heads Garlic, and 1# Shallots – All for $62.50

Or, you can make your own combos with all the deliciousness below!

Orange Carrots – 5lb bag, $10 -or- 10lb bag, $18
Rainbow Carrots – 5LB bag, $12
Brussels Sprouts! – 2 stalks, $12
Butternut – 20lb box, $20
Squash Mix: carnival acorns, kabocha & honeynuts – 20lb box, $30
Potato, Roaster: Red pinto – 5lb, $12
Potato, All Purpose Masher mix, white/Yellow – 5lb, $8
Beet Mix, red & gold – 5lb bag, $10
Parsnips – 5lb bag, $12
Garlic – 1lb bag, $8
Shallots – 2lb bag, $10
Leeks – 4lb bag, $10
Cabbage mix (red and green) – 10lbs, $10
Celeriac – 3lbs, $8
Chic Mix: pan di zucchero & radicchio chicories – 5lbs, $10
Fennel – 3 large bulbs, $10
Grains, fresh-milled, Hard Red Wheat, Pastry Wheat –or– Rye – 5lb bag, $10
Herb bundle: Parsley, Thyme, Sage – 1 pack, $6

We wish you all well and a very healthy and cozy holiday season.


All the best.
Your farmers,
Elise and Tucker Smith
Cedar Rock Gardens


Happy 4th of July! We are sure you all enjoyed the enormous amount of sunshine this week, very thankful for this bit of rain today!
We are having a 20% off sale on all our plants this weekend (July 7th & 8th). Below is a list of what we currently have in stock.
We have a great selection of hanging baskets and window boxes with annual and perennial herbs and flowers. We also have our new wave of fall vegetables ready to go into the garden for succession planting. Our native perennials selection is stocked up and attracting all the pollinators you can imagine – bring them home to your gardens!
Hope you are having a wonderful summer!
All the best,
Elise and Tucker
Cedar Rock Gardens

Products in stock

Coast of Maine Potting Soil
Coast of Maine Garden Soil
Black Earth Compost
North Country Organics ProGrow
Neptunes Harvest Crab Shell
Neptunes Harvest Fish Emulsion
Neptunes Harvest Rose & Flowering Formula
Neem Oil
Captain Jack’s Dead bug
Inseticidal Soap
Diatomaceous Earth
Row Cover
Hay Bales



Broccoli arcadia
Broccoli Imperial
Brussels Sprout
Cabbage Faro 1
Cabbage Mix
Cabbage Napa (minuet)
Cabbage Red Express
Cauliflower Purple of sicily
Cauliflower Snow Crown
Celery Tango green
Cucumber Diva
Cucumber fanfare
Cucumber Marketmore 76
Cucumber Tasty Jade
Eggplant Beatrice
Fennel Fino
Greens  Our mix
Kale Red Russian
Kale Toscano
Kale Winterbor’
Melon Cantaloupe Sarah’s choice
Melon Halona
Melon Watermelon Sugar Baby
Pumkin New England pie
pepper Poblano
Pepper Ace
Squash Winter Acorn Jet
Squash Winter Buttercup Burgess
Squash Winter Butternut Waltham
Squash Winter spaghetti
Squash Summer Multipik
Squash Zucchini Alexandria
Squash Zucchini Bush Baby
Squash Zucchini cocoselle
Squash Zucchini Costata Romanesco
Squash Zucchini Spinless Perfection
Cabbage Rubicon
Summer Squash Zephyr
Tomatillo Toma Verde
Tomato Big Beef
Tomato Black Cherry
Tomato Brandywine red
Tomato Carbon
Tomato Carmello
Tomato Celebrity
Tomato Cherokee Purple
Tomato Glacier
Tomato Jaune Flamme
Tomato Juliet
Tomato Mr Stripey (Tigarella)
Tomato Paul Robeson
Tomato San Marzano Gigante
Tomato Stripped German
Tomato Sungold


Basil Compatto
Basil Genovese
Basil Lemon Mrs Burns
Basil Lettuce Leaf
Basil Mixed paks
Basil Purple Osmin
Basil Spicy Bush
Basil sweet genovese (perfume)
Basil Sweet Thai
Basil Kapoor Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Bronze fennel
Catmint (Nepeta mussini)
Chives Garlic
Cutting Celery
Dill Fernleaf
Dill Superdukat
Lemon Balm
Parsley Forest Green Curly
Parsley Italian Survivor
Sage Pinapple
Salad Burnett
Scarlet Bee balm
Summer Savory
Sweet Marjoram
Thyme English Winter
Thyme Garden  ( Winter)
Thyme White Creeping
​Thyme red creeping
Winter Savory
Zino Fino Fennel
Horse Radish
Jerusalem Artichoke
Lavender Elegance Purple
Lavender Hidcote Blue
Lavender Munstead
Lavender Provence
Lemon Grass
Sage Salvia Officinalis
Salad Burnett
Variegated pineapple mint

Perennial Flowers

Asclepias Tuberosa
Penstamon Digitalis
Geranium “Karmina”
Geranium Maculatum
Echinacae “Sombrero Flamenco Orange”
Echinacae “Cheyanne Spirit”
Baptisia “Carolina Moonlight”
Aster Divertata “Eastern Star”
Verbena “Homestead Purple”
Agastache “Blue Fortune”
Seedum “Aurumn Fire”
Coreopsis “Sunkiss”
Rudebekia “Prairie Sun”
Joe Pye Weed “Big Joe”
Beardstongue “Rondo”
Columbine “Origami Bue”
Echinope Ritro


Ageratum Red Flint​
Ageratum Tall Blue Planet
Alyssum purple/ lavender mix
Alyssum Snow Crystals
Angelonia Angelface Blue
Angelonia Angelface Perfectly pink
Angelonia Angelface Wedgewood Blue
Angelonia Super Blue
Angelonia Super Pink
Begonia Dragon Wing Red
Begonia Bossa nova Orange
Begonia Solenia Red
Browalia endless sensation
Calibrachoa superbells Blue Moon Punch
Calibrachoa superbells Double Orchid
Calibrachoa superbells Double Ruby
California poppy champagne and roses
California Poppy Thai Silk series Apricot Chiffon
California poppy double solar flare
California poppy orange king
Celosia Cramer series burgundy
Celosia Flamingo Feather
Celosia Fresh look gold series
Coleus Big Red Judy
Coleus Gnash Rambler
Cosmos Bright lights
Cosmos Double click mix
Cosmos psyche mix
Cosmos Sea shells
Cosmos Sensation Mix
Cosmos Diablo
Dianthus Ideal Select Cherry Picotee
Dianthus Ideal Mix
Gomphrena Globosa QIS White
Lantana Bandana Cherry Sunrise
Lantana Luscious pinkberry blend
Lantana Bananarama
Lantana Lucious berry blend
Lantana Lucious citrus blend
Lobelia Riviera Rose
Marigold Giant Yellow
Marigold Snowball Hybrid
Mariold Giant Orange
Nasturtium Empress of India
Nasturtium Kaleidescope Mix
Nasturtium Wbird Cherry Rose
Nasturtium Wbird Golden Yellow
Nasturtium Wbird Mahogany Red
Portulaca sundial Fuchsia
Portulaca sundial Gold
Portulaca sundial Mango
Portulaca sundial Peppermint
Portulaca sundial scarlet
Salvia Coral Nymph
Salvia homium rose
Salvia Victoria White
Sunflower Autumn Beauty
Sunflower Pro Cut Orange
Sunflower Sunrich gold
Sunflower Firecracker
Sunflower Florenza
Sunflower Soraya
Sunpatients vigorous majenta
Sunpatients vigorous orange
sunpatients vigorous white improved
supertunia bordeax
Supertunia rasberry blast
Supertunia royal Magenta
Supertunia Vista Bubblegum
Supertunia Vista Silverberry
Supertunia Picasso in pink
Verbena superbena Royal Chambray
Verbena superbena Royal Peachie Keen
Verbena superbena Tucana Raspberry
Verbena superbena royal whitecap
Vine MG Cardinal climber
Vine MG Heavenly Blue
Vine MG Moonflower
Vine MG President Tyler
Zinnia BG Purple
Zinnia BG Orange
Zinnia Dreamland mix
Zinnia Profusion double Fire
Zinnia Profusion White
Zinnia Profusion Yellow
Zinia Profusion Apricot
Zinnia State fair mix


Elise and Tucker are releasing a batch of native perennial plants this week on Wednesday, June 20th. The young plants are home grown and are only $5.50 each. Baptisia, Echinacea, Verbena, and Ascleipias tuberosa (orange milkweed) are just some of the fine beauties you’ll find there.  Elise is planning to grow an expanded collection of natives in the future. Supplies are limited so come on over to Cedar Rock Gardens before they are all sold out.

Cedar Rock Gardens is located at 299 Concord Street in West Gloucester and they are open every day of the week.

GloucesterCast 283 With Susan Lipsett, Tucker and Elise From Cedar Rock Gardens Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/10/18


GloucesterCast 283 With Susan Lipsett, Tucker and Elise From Cedar Rock Gardens Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/10/18



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Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Susan Lipsett Brought Us Kouign Amann

Tucker and Elise At Cedar Rock Gardens CSA, Peacocks, , Native Plants Event June 20th

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Kim mentioned in Plover Story Strange that in the Gloucester Times article they didn’t mention GMG
Props to Sean Nolan Extreme Truck and Auto
I don’t want Lebron
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Plover Update
Good Harbor Footbridge Update


Cedar Rock Gardens has a gorgeous collection of deep rose pink, seashell pink, cotton candy pink, and ivory white peonies blooming right now. The mix of colors makes for a lovely bouquet and will last twenty ten times longer than anything in the stores. Go today and pick your own bouquet of fabulousness!

Cedar Rock Gardens owner Tucker Smith

Cheryl and Kim – just one more reason to love Cedar Rock Gardens is their super friendly and helpful staff!


Cedar Rock Gardens newest family members – one is the leader of the pair of juvenile Peacocks and he jumped easily over the garden wall, the other – he tried several different routes before deciding to brave the jump and follow his brother.

Cedar Rock Gardens has a fantastic array of flowers, veggies, and herbs. The nursery is located at 299 Concord Street in West Gloucester.


Elise and Tucker’s fields of fabulousness are begging to be picked.

Why do the tulips at Cedar Rock Gardens always open with such exquisite beauty I wonder? Must be all that TLC they applyCome by and pick your own. Cedar Rock Gardens is located at 299 Concord Street and is open everyday from 8am to 5pm, except Wednesday’s til 6pm. 


You never know what beautiful pollinator you will encounter while shopping at Cedar Rock Gardens! 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Sunflower, Cedar Rock Gardens

For more information visit Cedar Rock Gardens website here and see post from earlier this week.


This beautiful lady in the pick-your-own peony patch.

Cedar Rock Gardens, the fabulous organic and homegrown nursery owned by Elise Jilson and Tucker Smith, is opening on Thursday April 19th. They will be open everyday. See below for hours of operation and the complete selection of flower, vegetable, and herb seedlings that will be available to purchase this spring. Cedar Rock Gardens is located at 290 Concord Street in West Gloucester, just minutes off of Route 133.

A small sampling of just some of the flowers and veggies you will find at Cedar Rock Gardens, and a reminder that spring truly will be here soon.

For more information, check out Cedar Rock Garden website here.




Pick your own fabulous fresh sunflowers at Cedar Rock Gardens and a butterfly may follow you home!

Elise and her amazing (and wonderfully delicious) tomatoes. Elise and Tucker supply the produce to Short and Main and The Market Restaurant in Annisquam.

Cedar Rock Gardens is located at 290 Concord Street in West located. For more information, visit their website here.

GloucesterCast 226 With Donna Ardizzoni, Laura Tanguay, Karen Pischke, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/28/17

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GloucesterCast 226 With Donna Ardizzoni, Laura Tanguay, Karen Pischke, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/28/17


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Come see the ever expanding selection of gorgeous flower and veggie seedlings at Cedar Rock Gardens. Not only are they offering annual flowers, herbs, and vegetable this year, but they are also growing native perennial wildflowers such as New England Aster and milkweed.

It was so cloudy and overcast when I was there picking up an order; these photos don’t do the garden justice. Come on down and see for yourself, Cedar Rock Gardens is bursting with beauty and fully stocked for the Memorial Day weekend.

Open seven days a week, from 8am til 5pm, Cedar Rock Gardens is located at 299 Concord Street in Gloucester.

Marigold Mania!

Sweet William

Loads and loads of peppers, in every degree of heat imagineable.

I love stopping by just to say hello, Elise and Tucker are so friendly and helpful. Tucker built the new office shed.

Coming later this spring are pick your own peonies!! And after that, sunflowers, zinnias, and straw flowers 🙂


Elise and Sunshine

Cedar Rock Gardens is bursting with a fabulous selection of blossoms and veggies and all would be much loved by Mom. Load up now on milkweed, petunias, pansies, snapdragons, dianthus, violas, osteosperum, alyssum, thyme, cilantro, parsley, dill, and much, much, much more.

Check out Cedar Rocks Gardens updated and complete plant list here.



Tucker is building dozens of new tray tables to hold all the fantastic seedlings coming along.

Jeffrey Thomas, Tucker Smith, and Irv Falk



FROM: Sandy Robinson, President, National Garden Clubs, Inc.
SUBJECT: Milkweed

It has been brought to my attention that some “Big Stores” have been selling milkweed plants that have been treated with systemic Neonicotinoids. This will kill caterpillars! Please, be aware and be on the lookout for these tags placed in plants. Please pass this information along to your garden club members!

Garden Club member Mary Writes, I purchased a Milkweed plant from Home Depot near my home and it wasn’t until I got home that I noticed the little information stick hidden behind the identification information that the plant had been treated with systemic Neonicotinoids. The container boasted how desirable the plant is for birds and butterflies. Yesterday I went to a different Home Depot and they had just put out an entire rolling cart of these plants, maybe about 100, all poisoned. I contacted the store manager and told him that it is the same as giving poison candy to kids on Halloween. This is THE host plant for the Monarch. My club, Shady Oaks and our junior club, Little Shadows have worked so hard to establish a Monarch Waystation and to educate people on the decline of the Monarch. I hate to think of the millions of poison Milkweed being distributed nationwide by Home Depot.

The container says distributed by Home Depot, 2455 Paces Ferry Rd N. W., Atlanta , Georgia.

I contacted the LSU Ag Agent for New Orleans, Dr Joe Willis. He said the Neonicotinoids will dilute as the plants grow but that only a very small amount will kill the larva of the Monarch. He is contacting the Master Gardeners of the area. I contacted the newsletters of garden clubs to ask that they send a notice to members. I contacted a local GOA club and the president said she would inform her members. I contacted our LGCF President and our Environmental School Chairman with the information.
We need a notice to Home Depot from a national source.

I contacted the Monarch Watch organization www.MonarchWatch.org/waystations at the University of Kansas (1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045) .
It needs to be sent soon as these plants are being sold now to well meaning people who are wanting to help the Monarch and not kill them. I hate to think of the billions of plants being sold nationwide and how that will cancel the efforts of so many to stop the demise of the Monarch. Could you please help?

GMG Readers, Wednesday I am planning to check to see if our local Home Depots are also selling milkweeds with pesticide. I don’t purchase plants from Home Depot as they are generally of a much poorer quality, however I have in a pinch. 

Milkweed can be purchased from these local sources:

Cedar Rock Gardens

Wolf Hill

Northeast Nursery

Male and Female Monarch Butterfly on Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)


GloucesterCast 224 With Paul Russo, JD MacEacheran, Elise Jillson and Tucker Smith, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/28/17

GloucesterCast 224 With Paul Russo, JD MacEacheran, Elise Jillson and Tucker Smith, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/28/17

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