One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow…
Let’s begin this new year with something positive from Korea and Russia, as well as mention of Siberian Tigers. Pines, Pinus are the largest and most diverse genus of conifers, with at least 125 species world-wide. With two-dozen diverse species of Pinus growing within Mount Auburn, herein we profile the Korean Pine, Pinus koraiensis, one of the handsomest cold-hardy pines. As the common name implies this is native to Korea, but also to parts of northeastern China, Pacific Russia, Kamchatka and on the high mountains of the Japanese island of Honshu. (more…)
Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Council of Visitors is comprised of Cemetery friends, leaders in horticulture, historic preservation, educational programming, landscape enhancement, and community leaders who support the Cemetery in accomplishing its mission and maintaining the highest standards of excellence. Learn more about the Council of Visitors.
Mount Auburn Cemetery Council of Visitors 2018
Caroline Mortimer, Co-Chair
Franklin A. Reece III, Co-Chair
John Airasian, Founding Member
Jane M. Carroll, Founding Member
Susan W. Paine, Founding Member
Peter W. Ambler
Elizabeth E. Barker
Virginia J. Brady
Joanna H. Breyer
Eliza E. Burden
W. Douglas Burden
Thomas N. Byrne
David B. Dearinger
Peter Del Tredici
Alan J. Dworsky
Suzanne R. Dworsky
Suzanne W. Dworsky
Liz Goodfellow Zagoroff
Patricia N. Grandieri
Lt. Col. David Hencke
Richard M. Hunt
Ann Holton Jenne
Clare Walker Leslie
Caleb Loring III
Julie Moir Messervy
Jeffrey H. Munger
H. Betsy Munzer
Mark Kimball Nichols
Harold I. Pratt
E. Denise Simmons
Deborah L. Smith
Sherley G. Smith
Fall is one of the most glorious times to experience Mount Auburn Cemetery. From the changing leaves that create a canopy of vibrant foliage on our many trees to the sight of majestic hawks swooping through the crisp air, the uplifting and healing powers of our beautiful landscape are at their finest, and we hope you have time to witness them for yourself. It is easy to forget, however, that an incredible amount of work goes into keeping Mount Auburn this beautiful and serene. From our horticulture and landscaping teams maintaining all 175 acres, to our preservation staff conserving and repairing irreplaceable historic monuments, to our Visitor Services staff offering varied educational programs to experience the landscape on a deeper level, we are always working busily behind the scenes to make this an inspiring place for everyone.
Although Mount Auburn Cemetery has an endowment that provides operating funds for general maintenance of its grounds, certain individual lots, and buildings, this restricted endowment support does not cover the significant additional costs needed to sustain all of the vast details that go into making the landscape such a special place. This is where supporters like you are so essential! Please join us in keeping Mount Auburn beautiful by making a gift to our Annual Fund today. You can donate via our website at mountauburn.org/give, or by calling our offices at 617-607-1946. Thank you for your generosity!
July 2017 – July 2018
Bigelow Chapel is being revitalized as part of Mount Auburn’s long term plan to improve its entry precinct and expand its options for end-of-life services.
The revitalized Chapel will include:
* A modern state-of-the-art crematory
* New gathering spaces for private events and functions
* A handicap accessible entrance and restrooms
* Fully-restored 19th-century stained glass rose window
We greatly appreciate your patience as we complete this project which will improve the experience for all who visit this sacred space.
Summer 2017 – Spring 2018
As part of Mount Auburn’s long term plan to improve its entry precinct, the ornamental area known as Asa Gray Garden is currently under renovation. The rejuvenated garden will feature:
~ Improved traffic flow and parking
~ A more elegant fountain centerpiece
~ A garden offering year-round beauty that better reflects Mount Auburn’s storied history and horticultural excellence
We greatly appreciate your patience as we complete this project which will improve the experience for all who visit this sacred space. During this project Lawn Avenue will be off limits to vehicles and pedestrians, you can park on any road in the Cemetery that does not have a green line. Please keep tires on the pavement.
Eternally Green: Mount Auburn Security Team Wins the 2017 Mount Auburn Cemetery Green Teamwork Prize
The Green Teamwork Prize recognizes sustainability in collaborative work at Mount Auburn. The basic premise for the prize is to acknowledge our staff who are working together on short-term special projects, or long-term tasks, that incorporate sustainability into the creation and implementation of their work.
In 2016, the Mount Auburn IT department won for their tremendous job coordinating, staffing, and promoting our annual electronic recycling event. This year eight teams of staff were nominated, including groups as small as four staff and as large as fifteen. The Education & Engagement Working Group reviewed every nomination on December 7th and voted for this year’s winner. The winning team was announced at our annual Service Awards event on December 12, 2017. The winners will receive a free lunch with Mount Auburn President Dave Barnett at a restaurant of their choosing.
Willie Torres, Alberto Parker, Andrew Rotch, and Jim Hynes make up the Mount Auburn Security team. They are all hard working, dependable, and courteous. The following reasons sum up why the security team was chosen for the 2017 Green Teamwork Prize:
Turf Protection Police – The security team politely enforces vehicle parking rules to protect new and existing turf areas.
Grounds Safety Team – Visitors and staff can depend on the security team to quickly respond to health and safety issues, as well as to conduct regular observational rounds to protect monuments, structures, floral tributes, garden spaces, waterbodies, and wildlife.
Trash and Recycling Agents – The security team never fails to stop and pickup waste anywhere on the grounds and deposit it in proper trash or recycling receptacles.
Nuisance Wildlife Defense Squad – The security team will operate remote control boats in our waterbodies and set out coyote replicas to ward off Canada Geese. They also communicate with our Superintendent and staff from Taking Flight Goose Control to coordinate wild turkey control through the harassment and hazing of border collies.
Wildlife Photographers – Photographs by the security team have been incorporated into presentations by staff from many departments of Mount Auburn, including the iconic American toad photo by Andrew Rotch that visitors adore.
Educational Tour Guides – Alberto Parker leads bird walks and answers wildlife questions every year.
Biodiversity Research Assistants – The security team assists researchers with their gear, and also provides valuable insights regarding wildlife and the landscape of Mount Auburn that are important in the implementation of projects every year.
Stewardship Ambassadors – The security team answers visitor and lot owner questions and concerns and promotes our efforts to protect wildlife and habitat. They are true ambassadors of Mount Auburn.
Thank you for all the great nominations this year and for all the hard work by staff to make Mount Auburn a safer, healthier, and more sustainable environment for all of our staff and visitors. Congratulations to Willie, Alberto, Andrew, and Jim. You are a great team!
We are pleased to announce that the A. J. & M. D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust has awarded an $80,000 grant to the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery to support a new phase of habitat restoration in Consecration Dell, an extraordinary natural resource and woodland in the heart of the cemetery. The project will continue the work started in 2016 on the steepest southern slopes of the Dell where Violet Path splits, a technically challenging worksite. This section is devoid of woodland understory vegetation, and our objective is to build “shrubland habitat,” identified in our 2014 Wildlife Action Plan as one of the critical missing habitats for birds at Mount Auburn. (more…)
We are excited to introduce Mount Auburn’s new Artist-in-Residence, award-winning playwright and author Patrick Gabridge. His past work includes the plays Drift, Mox Nox, Lab Rats, Blood on the Snow, Fire on Earth, Constant State of Panic, Pieces of Whitey, Reading the Mind of God, and Blinders, as well as the novels Steering to Freedom, Moving (a life in boxes), and Tornado Siren. Stay tuned for more information and special programs featuring his work in the coming two years!