Category: News

Roberto Mighty’s earth.sky exhibition planned for Cambridge Open Studios

March 15, 2015

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In April 2014, filmmaker and new media artist Roberto Mighty became Mount Auburn Cemetery’s first artist-in-residence. In 2013, the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-30-13-0533-13) for a two-year Collections Stewardship project to catalog, photograph, and assess the Cemetery’s Significant Monument Collection and fine arts statuary.As part of this project we engaged Mighty for an eighteen month artist-in-residency with funding to create documentary videos and a film about the preservation of the Binney Monument, one of the Cemetery’s most significant monuments. (more…)

Mount Auburn Celebrates the New Year with a New Major Tree

March 25, 2014

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We have a new tallest tree in 2014!  That’s what the Plant Records staff, helped by volunteers, have just determined. This winter they measured the growth of the trees appearing on our brochure map entitled “Big Trees at Mount Auburn Cemetery.”  The height of the tree, the diameter of the trunk and the length of the canopy were all recorded.  These measurements help us both to understand the dynamic of the growth of the trees and to identify the potential declining trees.  They are also used in a formula for determining state champions trees for each species. (more…)

The Greenhouses are Green!

March 24, 2014
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Pansies in the greenhouses, March 2014.

The Horticulture Department recently completed the 2013 Plant Collections Analysis report – an 88 page document containing discussions of horticultural initiatives as well as detailed plant collections statistics (a copy is available to read at the visitor’s desk in Storey Chapel). We also just accessioned our first plant of 2014: an apple tree cultivar named ‘Flower of Kent’ (aka: Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree). In a few years time maybe we can get struck with inspiration while standing under it! (more…)

Friends Awarded Grant for Wildlife Action Plan 2014

February 12, 2014

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The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery is the recipient of a significant grant from the A.J. & M.D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust. The grant will support the Mount Auburn Wildlife Action Plan 2014, the culmination of the single and multi-year wildlife planting initiatives the Cemetery has implemented in the past. The Action Plan looks ahead to the future of Mount Auburn’s habitat enhancement initiative and will incorporate innovative perspectives and techniques to enhance the Cemetery’s biodiversity and quality of habitat for a range of species. (more…)