Tagetes lucida, Tagetes patula
The bright orange and strong-scented Cempazuchitl, or marigold, was the Aztec symbol of death. Throughout Mexico, it is used to this day to decorate graves and altars in Dia de Los Muertos festivals. Anything but morbid, the garlands, crosses, and lined pathways made from thousands of marigold blooms celebrate life, while the papel picado paper banners hang overhead in festive rows. Look closely at the art on this pack and you can see the celebration of life and death that plays out in our gardens every year.
Contains Crackerjack, Petite Mix, Naughty Marietta, and Sparky French marigolds.
About the Artist:
Artwork by Jenny Lee Fowler. Her paper cuttings brim with vignettes from forest and field, and her hand-rendered silhouettes underscore the relationships between people and our natural world.
Each year, Hudson Valley Seeds commissions contemporary artists from around the United States to tell the story of a particular seed variety. That art and those seeds combine to create an Art Pack, a unique celebration of the diverse stories of seeds and their stewards.
Start seeds indoors 6 weeks before last frost date, then transplant outdoors to indicated spacing in the garden or in containers. This mix includes both French and Mexican marigolds, which vary in height, so transplant the shorter seedlings in front of the taller ones if necessary in your garden space. Marigolds require little care and attention; water if particularly hot and dry.