Grave tending

Budapesti Temetkezési Intézet Zrt. undertakes the tending of different types of grave (with or without mound, kerbed memorials, etc.) by planting seasonal flowers (in spring, summer, autumn) on the surface of the graves and by taking care of the plants regularly (monthly, throughout the entire grave tending season). The tending and care of graves is carried out with the involvement and supervision of gardening specialists.

Budapesti Temetkezési Intézet Zrt. has several decades of experience in the high-quality and professional maintenance of graves. This service can be ordered in any Funeral Arrangements Office.

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Grave tending glossary

The flowers of this plant are well-known and durable and used dried to prepare wreaths. The flowerhead has a row of larger yellowish ray flowers surrounding the centre disk flowers. The white variety is less commonly used as dried flower.

It is a well-known evergreen ornamental plant often used to produce bouquets, wreaths and table ornaments due to its attractive foliage and long, thin leaves with a needle-like appearance.
Common ivy is often used to produce bouquets, wreaths and other grave decorations owing to its glossy, dark green, palmate lobed leaves, climbing roots and black berry fruit. It is a plant typically used in cemeteries.
This evergreen, broad-leaved climbing vine is a popular trailing ground cover owing to its dark green leaves. It is widely used in cemeteries, and is traditionally associated with mournfulness. It is perfectly suitable for covering the sides of a burial mound or an entire mound. It requires regular trimming, otherwise it will creep up to the headstone and eventually overgrow the grave. Unlike Stonecrop, ivy prefers shadowy places. In sunny places, ivy grows slowly, languishes and the plot abounds with weeds.
This tending work primarily concerns older ivy-covered graves. It consists in cutting away old, dead and/or leafless stems, as well as cleaning and weeding the ivy-covered surface.
The dried bright red fruit of the wild rose plant is a lovely and natural ornamental element of commemorative wreaths, bouquets and grave decorations, particularly in the autumn and winter periods.
The slightly pungent, slender woody shoots of certain coniferous evergreen tree species (e.g. white spruce) are used to make elegant funeral bouquets and memorial wreaths. They have an aesthetically pleasing appearance and are durable.
A natural ornamental element often used for wreaths, funeral bouquets, Christmas grave decorations and also as a base material for cone wreaths. The cones of various members of the Pinaceae family differ in size and shape. Florists refer to them using fantasy names.
Material needed to prepare a burial mound. One portion of soil is equivalent to approx. 80 litres.
After creating a regular burial mound, sized turf is placed onto the surface of the mound and fixed to the soil of the mound. Usually, the entire surface of turfed burial mounds is covered with turf. However, for turfed burial mounds, it is possible to leave an empty area on top of the mound for a flower bed.
Candles are used in funerary grave decorations, as well as during All Saints’ Day, Advent and Christmas commemorations to create a nice atmosphere.
Preparation of a regular burial mound using horticultural soil, and thereby making it suitable for planting. Mound dimensions: 170x61x30 cm. Soil required to prepare a mound: approximately 0.4 m3 (5 portions)
Irrigation, hoeing around the grave, and weeding of the grave, as needed, in accordance with the needs of the specific plants and depending on the weather conditions.
Myrtle is an evergreen, broad-leaved ground cover plant. Among its glossy leaves, small blue flowers blossom in spring. It is recommended for kerbed graves situated in shadowy places.
Houseleek is a drought-tolerant succulent rock-garden plant. Its characteristic light blue, tufted leaves, which form round rosettes, are elegant, showy and durable. It is particularly used in evergreen, wintry wreaths and funeral bouquets.
They are typical cut flowers used in cemeteries. Traditionally, white varieties with globular blooms are used for grave decoration. The currently available varieties demonstrate a wide variation in terms of flower form, colour and size. Among them, daisy-type varieties, Brush (or Thistle) and Spider Chrysanthemums are becoming increasingly widespread. In funerary poetry, Chrysanthemums primarily represent a typical autumn and winter flower.
Twigs of the common spruce – the typical “Christmas tree” – are often used to decorate wreath bases.
This fashionable and durable Chrysanthemum variety usually produces white flowers, and similarly to garden daisy, the centre of the flowerhead is yellow. It is showy arranged in a bouquet or a wreath alike.
Thick wrath base covered with moss. It is also available ready-made with different outer diameters. This semi-finished product is often used to produce commemorative wreaths. Green leaves, cut flowers and other ornaments are arranged and fastened to it.
A loose aggregation of crushed stones (usually limestone or dolomite) of different sizes used to cover an area of ground. It is recommended to cover the area around the grave right after hoeing.
Its glossy, dark green, needle-like, flattened leaves grow in semicircles above the shoots. This elegant fir is perfect both for Christmas trees and as a base material for floristry. It is durable and starts to lose its needles only after a long time.
Begonia is a genus of flowering plants with medium water requirements and typically planted on graves in the summer months. The many species belonging to this genus present a myriad of colours and varieties. Planted after the last ground frost, they constantly produce gorgeous buds in summer. In the autumn, they die upon the first ground frosts. They like sunny spots.
Usually white Chrysanthemum varieties with medium flower size are used to decorate graves on All Saints’ Day. As Chrysanthemums are sensitive to frost, they are planted particularly for this holiday. As a result of frost, the flowerhead turns brown and its decorative value deteriorates. In winter, the plant dies.
It can be planted in the autumn, after the summer flowers bloom, or in the spring, after the last ground frost. This biennial plant, most commonly used to decorate graves, offers hundreds of colours and varieties to choose from. Pansies planted in the autumn will decorate the grave in the spring, if they are covered to protect them from the frost.
Due to the numerous colour varieties and its elegant shape, it is a widespread and popular cut flower.
Festive decorative ribbon with a silky feel.
A simple cleaning work recommended for graves marked by horizontal slabs to remove the deposited dust. It consists in sweeping the gravestone with a broom and then washing it with clean water not containing any chemicals.
Cemetery florists usually use them as dry flowers. Members of this genus have different flower colours (white, violet, pink, blue, yellow).
A decoration, usually bow-shaped, which can be made of a variety of materials.
Decorative, light coloured, natural wreath base. Its delicate appearance is emphasised by the greenish shades of ornamental leaves, creeping and hanging shoots, as well as fruit decorations.
A durable and well-known cut flower, which is widely used by cemetery florists and is available in a variety of colours.
A container used for retaining and fixing gravestone compositions.
Winter decoration of burial mounds. Also, spruce twigs are used as grave blankets to protect frost-sensitive autumn plantings (pansy).
Winter decoration of burial mounds. Also, elegant Nordmann fir twigs, which have glossy, dark green, need-like leaves, are used as grave blankets to protect frost-sensitive autumn plantings (pansy).
Elegant, long, thick ornamental candle.
Thujas are evergreen trees. The shoots are flat, with side shoots only in a single plane; the leaves are scale-like. The species in the genus Thuja come in various shades of green, and are perfect for decorating bouquets and wreaths due to their durable foliage.
Stonecrops are perennial, succulent flowering plants. The small-sized species of the Sedum genus are used to decorate graves. They produce tiny, insignificant yellow or pink flowers. These plants are ideal for planting the sides of burial mounds. Their regular rosettes of leaves adorn the grave immediately after planting. They develop nicely in sunny spots. The bluish-gray foliage of Jenny’s stonecrop (Sedum reflexum) creates a solemn effect. Leaves will become silvery only if planted in a sunny spot.
It can be composed of any dried flower or inflorescence used in floristry.
Dried fruits of certain plants are often used to decorate flower arrangements.