As part of its Strategic Plan, Mount Auburn is currently revitalizing two of its most celebrated landmarks, Asa Gray Garden and Bigelow Chapel. Together these projects are part of a larger initiative to enhance the experience of arriving at and being within Mount Auburn, a place that has served to comfort the bereaved and inspire all who visit since its founding. Independently, each project presents an exciting new chapter in the Cemetery’s history.
Mount Auburn’s landscape is composed of a diverse array of plants and trees that come into bloom at different times and in different seasons. See both a calendar and a list view of What’s in Bloom below:
What’s in Bloom: Week of June 18, 2018
Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, many locations
Giant onion, Allium giganteum ‘Globemaster’, Flagpole
Virginia sweetspire, Itea virginica, many locations
Japanese spiraea, Spiraea japonica, many locations
Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, several locations
Washington hawthorn, Crataegus phaenopyrum, Central Ave.
Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, Mountain Ave.
Daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’, Story Rd.
Northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa, Spirea Path
Climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris, Meadow Rd.
Love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascana, Greenhouse Garden
Foxglove, Digitalis sp., Greenhouse Garden
False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse Garden
Gerbera daisy, Gerbera sp., Greenhouse Garden
Black-leaf elderberry, Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, Blue Jay Path
‘Aurora’ dogwood, Cornus xrutgerensis ‘Rutban’, Almy Rd.
Snowball viburnum,Viburnum plicatum ‘Grandiflorum’ Fountain Ave. , Swan Ave.
Weigela, Weigela florida, Sparrow Path
Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, Chickadee Path
Peony, Paeonia lactiflora, Sphinx
Japanese tree lilac, Syringa reticulata, several locations
Pinxterbloom azalea, Rhododendron periclymenoides, Azalea Path
‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.
Rose, Rosa sp., many locations
Partridge-berry, Mitchella repens, Sumac Path
Inkberry, Ilex glabra, many locations
Black-leaf elderberry, Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, Blue Jay Path
Mockorange, Philadelphus sp., several locations
Arrowwood, Viburnum dentatum, several locations
Siberian iris, Iris siberica, Azalea Path
Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, Mountain Ave.
Lanceleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, Mountain Ave.
Phlox, Phlox sp., Mountain Ave.
Pickeral weed, Ponederia cordata, Willow Pond
Sweet bay magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, several locations
Common privet, Ligustrum vulgare, several locations
Deutzia, Deutzia gracillis, several locations
Petunia, Petunia sp., Lawn Ave.
Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla mollis, Amaryllis Path
Columbine, Aquilegea canadensis, several locations
Mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia, many locations
Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, several locations
Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path
Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, several locations
Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path
Meadow sage, Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’, Azalea Path
Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa columbaria Azalea Path
False Indigo, Baptisia australis, Azalea Path
Water lily, Nymphaeaa odorata, Willow Pond
Linden, Tilia sp., several locations
Alpine aster, Aster alpina, Ash Ave.
Hosta Hosta sp., several locations
Cutleaf stephanandra, Stephanandra incisa, several locations
Creeping mint, Meehania cordata, Fountain Ave.
Sweet shrub, Calycanthus sp. several locations
Common alumroot, Heuchera americana, several locations
Linden viburnum, Viburnum dilatatum, several locations
Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa, Field Rd.
Goldenstar, Chrysogonum virginianum, Garden Ave.
Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin bldg..
Bellflower, Campanulaa persicifolia, Yew Ave.
Bloody cranesbill geranium, Geranium sanguineum, Yew Ave.
Creeping phlox, Phlox stolonifera, Garden Ave.
Wild bleeding heart, Dicentra eximia, Main office
Gaillardia, Gaillardia sp., Ash Ave.
Bugleweed, Ajuga reptans, Garden Ave.
Yellow hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.
Spotted dead nettle, Lamium ‘White Nancy’, Daffodil Path
Begonia, Begonia sp., several locations
Lamb’s ears, Stachys byzantina, Story Rd.
Rhododendron, Rhododendron sp. several locations
Yellow flag iris, Iris pseudacorus, Auburn Lake
Creeping myrtle, Vinca minor, several locations
Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris, Mountain Ave.
Ohio spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis, Mountain Ave.
Impatiens, Impatiens sp., Fountain Ave.
Wild ginger, Asarum canadense, Dell Path
Mount Auburn Rap by Maria Lindberg
The squill is a thrill
Chionodoxa really rocks ya
Pansies and crocus bring it all into focus
Spice bush and lilacs delight the senses
Ivy twines around cast iron fences
Vinca hosta azealea silverbell
Escort the traveler on the way to the Dell
Orioles flit from spruce to beech
Hawks fly above with a warning screech
Turtles and bullfrogs and muskrats abound
Owls in their nests make nary a sound
Kingfishers herons and cormorants as well
Robins and phoebes have a story to tell
The Metasequoia of Auburn Lake
A perch for hawks and a migratory break
For warblers in May luring birders far and wide
Wonder and song are the gifts they provide
The American elm and the mighty oak
Guard the eternal sleep of the silent folk
Of Mount Auburn Cemetery
If you see a tree or plant in bloom that is not on this list, please leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ink on a pin
Underneath the skin
An empty space to fill in…
We do not know what Joni Mitchell was thinking when she penned these words in 1970. Although, as with much fine artistry, there are multitudinous interpretations unknown to the artist. Herein with Baptisia australis, blue false indigo we focus on the flower color and the plant’s reliable capacity to fill in an empty space. Native from New York/Pennsylvania south to Texas and Georgia, this three-to-four-foot high and wide perennial, develops into a small shrub-like mass. Its alternate, leaves are palmately compound with three 1 ½ to 3-inch leaflets, developing into a bluish-green color. The flowers occur in late May – early June on long terminal racemes. Each flower is about 1-inch long, indigo-blue, although color ranges also to pale lavender or dark violet. (more…)
Hazel Path, which traverses the steep, east-facing slope just below Washington Tower, is now being transformed into a “woodland sanctuary” that connects the Consecration Dell woodland to the wildflower meadow surrounding the Tower. This exciting project continues our efforts to develop new burial space in a way that preserves and enhances our historic landscape.
The project breaks ground this June with plantings scheduled for early spring of 2019. (more…)
Floral tributes and decorations will be removed starting on Monday, June 11 for Grounds Maintenance Operations.