Happy National Public Gardens Day!
Mount Auburn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, accredited arboretum and Important Bird Area is open to the public, free of charge, 365 days a year. On the Friday before Mother’s Day we participate in the annual tradition of celebrating public gardens. Join us for a walk and enter our instagram photo contest!
Come to a walking tour!
Trees. They produce oxygen, clean our air of pollutants, provide us shade on a hot day, and mesmerize us with their changing colors and winding branches. It’s hard to express how grateful we are to have over 5,500 trees in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
To enter to win a $25 gift card to Sofra Bakery and Café as well as a Sofra canvas tote bag, Express your love of trees on Instagram and post a selfie with a tree at Mount Auburn Cemetery with the hashtag #MeAndATree. Don’t forget to follow and tag @MountAuburnCemetery’s Instagram account in your post! https://www.instagram.com/mountauburncemetery/
The winner of the contest will be announced on National Public Gardens Day on May 11th!
We are now accepting Floral Tribute orders for Memorial Day 2018.
Our current offerings include potted plants for placement at lots, graves, and outdoor niches and cut flower bouquets for placement at our indoor columbaria.
A few important notes:
Orders for Memorial Day tributes must be placed by May 18th to ensure placement before Memorial Day Weekend.
Tributes will be placed on the grounds the week of May 21st.
Memorial Day tributes will be removed from the grounds the week of June 11th.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells…
Contrarian or not, there are many gardeners and non-gardeners alike who would find that any gardens grow exquisitely fine if they include Carolina Silverbell, Halesia tetraptera. This mid-size tree, 30-40-feet tall (occasionally up to 80-feet) is native from West Virginia to Florida and west to Oklahoma. When in flower later in the month of May, these trees are often profusely bejeweled with dangling white, ½ to ¾-inch, bell-shaped flowers, beginning just before the trees leaf out and lasting for perhaps two weeks. The effect of viewing a good-sized, leafless tree covered with white flowers often stops visitors mid-stride. An ensuing curious effect occurs as the wilting flowers fall within the canopy envelope creating a snow-like appearance surrounding the base of the tree’s trunk. (more…)
Williamina Stevens Fleming, a maid turned astronomer, was born May 15, 1857 in Scotland. (more…)