MARK YOUR CALENDARS – CEDAR ROCK GARDENS OPENS FOR THE SEASON ON APRIL 15TH!

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
www.CedarRockGardens.com

We still have room in our 2019 CSA, email us for more information or to sign up!
CedarRockGardens@gmail.com

JULY 20% OFF SALE AT CEDAR ROCK GARDENS!! THIS WEEKEND ONLY

Hello,
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
CedarRockGardens@gmail.com

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
Seeds

Fruits
Raspberries

Vegetable​s

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’
Lettuce
Melon Cantaloupe Sarah’s choice
Melon Halona
Melon Watermelon Sugar Baby
Pumkin New England pie
pepper Poblano
Pepper Ace
Salanova
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
Asparagus
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

Herbs

Arugula
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)
Catnip
Chamomile
Chives Garlic
Cilantro
Cutting Celery
Dill Fernleaf
Dill Superdukat
feverfew
Lemon Balm
Lovage
Oregano
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
Valerian
Winter Savory
Zino Fino Fennel
Horse Radish
Jerusalem Artichoke
Lavender Elegance Purple
Lavender Hidcote Blue
Lavender Munstead
Lavender Provence
Lovage
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”
Yarrow
Joe Pye Weed “Big Joe”
Beardstongue “Rondo”
Columbine “Origami Bue”
Echinope Ritro

Flowers

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

JUNE 20TH IS NATIVE PLANTS DAY AT CEDAR ROCK GARDENS!

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.

PICK YOUR OWN BOUQUETS OF FABULOUSNESS AT CEDAR ROCK GARDENS!

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. 

CEDAR ROCK GARDENS OPENING TODAY!

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.

CEDAR ROCK GARDENS OPENING FOR THE SEASON THIS COMING THURSDAY!!!

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.

COMPLETE LIST OF PLANTS AND GARDEN RELATED PRODUCTS CEDAR ROCK GARDEN SPRING 2018

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GLOUCESTER STAGE TALK BACK WITH THE CAST, DIRECTOR, AND AUTHOR OF “FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH” AND KIM SMITH


On Sunday, September 17th, I am excited to say I will be joining the stellar cast, director, and author of Gloucester Stage Company’s current show “Flight of the Monarch” for a Talk Back. The Talk Backs are super fun and interesting events held at least once during a show’s run where audiences are invited to ask questions of the players. In attendance will be Jeff Ziinn, the director; Jim Frangione, the play’s author; Nancy Carroll, the lead actress who plays Shelia Callaghan; and Tucker Smith, the lead actor who plays Thomas Callaghan. I have been asked to join to answer any questions folks may have about Monarch butterflies and this year’s migration. The Talk Back is at 4:00pm and held in the theatre. Anyone is welcome to come, whether or not you have seen the show, so please do come! 

Monarchs, honey bees, and many species of butterflies and bees love the nectar rich florets of Bull Thistle. Monarch coming in for a landing at Eastern Point, Gloucester. 

PICK YOUR OWN SUNFLOWERS AT CEDAR ROCK GARDENS AND ELISE’S TOMATOES ARE CRAZY TALL!!

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.

CEDAR ROCK GARDENS IS OFFERING A VERITABLE BONANZA OF BLOSSOMS, VEGGIES, AND HERBS FOR MOTHER’S DAY!

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.

NEXT WEEKEND CEDAR ROCK GARDENS IS RELEASING THE TOMATOES!

 

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

Jeffrey Thomas, Tucker Smith, and Irv Falk

PICK YOUR OWN AT CEDAR ROCK GARDENS

Pick your own in a sea of lushalicious colors from which to chose. Elise’s tulips last and last in the vase. Hurry before they are gone!

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Cedar Rock Gardens is located on Concord Street, West Gloucester, and they are open everyday.

BEAUTIFUL CEDAR ROCK GARDENS HAS REOPENED FOR THE SEASON – COME SEE ALL THAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER – SIMPLY A FANTASTIC SELECTION OF FLOWERS AND VEGIES!!

Cedar Rock Gardens is an 18-acre farm located at 229 Concord Street in West Gloucester. The flower and veggie farm is owned and operated by Tucker Smith and Elise Jillson. Last year was their first in business with hours open to the public and it’s so exciting to see Tucker and Elise developing their growing enterprise. This year they have expanded seedling offerings (see the “read more” at the end of this post for a complete list of plants offered) and have devoted even more fields to pick-your-own flowers .

We’re looking forward to having Elise and Tucker on our podcast this weekend. When you see the two, wish them congratulations. Elise and Tucker became engaged this winter! 

Fields of pick-your-own tulips in a lovely array of hues. This color opens to pure carmine. See photo below.

You run into the nicest people at Cedar Rock Gardens. Captain Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure surveying early season offerings.

Black-capped Chickadees nesting in a hole in the old Crabapple tree.

Cedar Rock Garden’s fabulous pick-your-own tulips are the perfect anecdote to April’s rainy days. This bouquet has become more beautiful with each passing moment. Only $4.50. for a bunch of gorgeousness!

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For a complete list of flower and veggie seedlings see below. Cedar Rock Gardens is open everyday from 8am to 5pm. For more information, visit Cedar Rock Gardens website here.

Cedar Rock Gardens writes, “We are committed to providing a healthy and beautiful choice to our community in both the floral and food industry and invite you to experience the local difference. Only environmentally-sound and organic growing techniques are used at Cedar Rock Gardens. You can always rest assured that our farm produce and flowers are safe and wholesome, with a freshness that guarantees good nutrition (and the best vase life for our bouquets). We use organic fertilizers and pesticides; We are currently not certified as ‘USDA Organic’ but our practices follow organic guidelines.”

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MAGICALLY WONDERFUL HARVEST PARTY AT CEDAR ROCK GARDENS

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Snapshots from Elise and Tucker’s fabulous and fun harvest party, just getting underway. Where earlier the produce had been planted, long tables with tantalizing pot luck offerings were arranged. Bales of hay with planks laid across made for practical seating. An assortment of lights and lanterns illuminated the grounds and the big oak tree was ready for moonlight dancing to begin beneath its boughs. cedar-rock-garden-harvest-fest-copyright-kim-smith

pam-samantha-franny-woody-copyright-kim-smithFavorite photo from the party, Big Sister Franny giving Woody the “pesky little brother look,” with Mom Samantha Goddess, and Samantha’s Mom, Pam Wood.

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I had to leave Cedar Rock Gardens early to attend the Cape Ann Plein Air gala, which Catherine covered. Scroll down to see her photos posted earlier today. The Rockport Art Association was overflowing with art enthusiasts, friends, and family and it was so exciting to see beautiful scenes from all around Cape Ann rendered by these master painters. Congratulations to Karen Ristuben, the project manager, and to all who helped make Cape Ann Plein Air a fabulously successful event. I do have to say though that Cape Ann’s own JEFF WEAVER rocked the house with his stunning paintings of the waterfront and downtown. 

GARDEN OF DISSIPATING BEAUTY

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Thank you to Elise and Tucker at Cedar Rock Gardens for a super year in the garden. This was the couple’s first season opening the garden to the public and they did an outstanding job. Cedar Rock Gardens are a welcome addition to a fantastic and growing group of local farms. Their organic nursery and farm are brimming with a wonderful array of fresh flowers, produce, and seedlings. Every one of the plants from their nursery grew beautifully for me. Cedar Rock Gardens is closed for the year but I am so excited to be working again with them next year and will definitely be enrolling in their CSA 2017. See you in the spring!

marigolds-cedar-rock-gardens-copyright-kim-smithDid you ever wonder why marigolds play such a prominent role in Day of the Dead celebrations? They are referred to as “flowers of the dead” and with their vivid hues and citrusy fresh scent, marigolds are thought to guide spirits to the altars. And, too, flowers represent the ephemerality of life. 

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FANTASTIC ORGANIC NORTH SHORE VEGGIE AND FLOWER FARM CEDAR ROCK GARDENS IS ROCKIN!

Cedar Rock Gardens Sign Kim SmithCedar Rock Gardens is an 18.5 acre farm conveniently located at 299 Concord Street, in Gloucester, a few short miles off Route 128. Plants and produce grown only at Cedar Rock Gardens are sold here, with a wide offering of organic veggies, herbs, and gorgeous flowers.

Elise Jillson Cedar Rock Gardens Kim SmithYou may recognize co-owners Elise Jillson and Tucker Smith from the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Operating retail sales at the farm is a first this year.

Cedar Rock Gardens Kim SmithThe welcoming handmade sign sets the scene. A modern farm, with its focus on organic practices, but the setting is pure old-time farm charm. Rambling stone walls delineate the fields of flowers, trays of seedlings are tucked under gnarled ancient apple trees, and an equally as distinguished catalpa tree grows alongside the drive as you enter the garden.Flower Field Cedar Rock Gardens Kim Smith

Dormant flower field

Elise and Tucker have many combined years of experience in organic farming. Read more about the two here. Opening the farm to the public is a new step for Cedar Rock Gardens in their growing business. I can’t wait to see what they’ll be offering in plants, as well as cut flowers, throughout the season (think peonies, zinnias, and sunflowers, to name only a few!). Stop in and say hello to Elise and Tucker and pick up your seedlings today!

Plant Nursery Hours: 8am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, and 9am to 3pm Sunday.

Cedar Rock Gardens Organic Romaine lettuce Kim Smith

Fresh lettuce

Cedar Rock Gardens onions Kim SmithHelpful horticulture instructions provided for each veggie

Cedar Rock Gardens Kale Kim SmithOrganic Kale

Cedar Rock Gardens sweet peas Kim SmithSweet peas growing gangbusters!

Thank you so much to Nubar Alexanian for the tip to visit Cedar Rock Gardens!