Category: Events

National Public Gardens Day 2018

May 1, 2018

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!

Public Programs

Come to a walking tour!

7 AM: Early Risers Horticulture Walk (Free)
5:30 PM: Spring Migration Walk ($12, $7 members)

Instagram Contest

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 celebrate Arbor Day, National Public Gardens Day, and the many trees that shape our community, we are announcing an Instagram Giveaway in partnership with Sofra Bakery & Cafe!

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!

The winner of the contest will be announced on National Public Gardens Day on May 11th!


Electronics Recycling Day

November 21, 2017

(Cottage Street is off Mount Auburn Street across from Stanton Funeral Home)

Mount Auburn Cemetery is sponsoring an electronics recycling day on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Bring your items to Mount Auburn’s service yard at 24 Cottage Street, Watertown, MA between 10 am and 1 pm. There will be a $30 charge for TVs, $15 charge per CRT monitor or flat screen monitor. Bring cash with you if you plan to drop off those items. All other items listed below will be recycled free of charge.



Acceptable Items:







Computer Speakers



Switch Gear



Cell Phones


Lawn Mowers

AC Units

Medical Equipment

All Appliances

White Goods

Fire Alarm Equipment


Scrap Metals



Fax Machines

Battery Operated Tools


Filing Cabinets


Printed Circuit Boards


Metal Desks



Light Fixtures

Ink and Toner Cartridges

Electrical Equipment



Chargeable Items:
TV’s of any kind are $30.00 apiece
Monitors of any kind are $15.00 apiece with or without a computer
Household Speakers are $10.00 a pair

Not accepting:
Toy Plastics (Toys)
Car Seats
Light Bulbs

Recycling Services Provided by Northeast Material Handling, Inc., Haverhill, MA.

Sorry, no trash picking allowed. Once a product is dropped off, it belongs to Northeast Material Handling.

Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop | December 6th

November 21, 2017

As the days shorten and winter quietly settles in, come gather with us at our Greenhouse for our holiday wreath decorating workshop. Maurene Simonelli will briefly demonstrate different techniques before everyone creates their own unique wreath design. Wreaths, ribbons, and a fine assortment of dried garden materials and ornaments will be available for all to share. Seasonal music, light refreshments, and a little poetry will set the tone as we prepare to greet the holiday season. Please bring your own hand-shears.

Limited enrollment; preregistration is required.

Fees for this program include all supplies.


Funding for programs has been provided in part by theMassachusetts Cultural Council.

Massachusetts Cultural Council