There is no better time to come and enjoy our impressive evergreens. Mount Auburn’s conifer collection is noted for its size and diversity. With more than 80 different taxa and more than 1,500 plants, it is comparable to the conifer collections at … Continue reading


Now is a great time for a second look at many of our deciduous trees and shrubs. Even without their more showy foliage and flowers, many of our plants have something to contribute to the winter landscape. From the the impressive size and shape of some trees … Continue reading


Early signs of spring appear throughout the landscape in March.  The cheerful yellow blossoms of witchhazel that appear early in the month and the beautiful carpets of scilla  that emerge by month’s end remind us that warmer days are soon on their way. … Continue reading


Mount Auburn is painted in shades of yellow, pink, white and lilac thanks to the daffodils, forsythia, magnolias, and redbuds now blooming.  For many, though, it is the April flowering of Mount Auburn’s 20+ varieites of ornamental cherries that truly signal spring’s arrival. … Continue reading


It is no wonder that Mount Auburn welcomes so many visitors each May.  Flowering dogwoods, crabapples, lilacs, and azaleas are just some of what is on display.  If you’ve never been to the Cemetery, now is the time to make … Continue reading


Though May might be the peak of spring bloom, there is still plenty of interest in June.  Rhododendrons, Mountain Laurel, and Kousa Dogwoods add plenty of late-spring color to the landscape. The annual and perennial plants planted in flower beds throughout … Continue reading


In July, make your way out to Willow Pond for a glimpse of our butterfly garden at its peak. As you walk at to the pond, you’ll notice a number of summer-blooming trees and shrubs adding seasonal interest to the … Continue reading


Late summer blooming ornamentals provide plenty of reasons to visit Mount Auburn, though perhaps the best reason to visit the Cemetery in August is to seek shade beheath the Cemetery’s dense canopy of shade trees.  Maples and oaks are among our shade … Continue reading


As the last of our summer-blooming plants make a showing in September, other plants begin showing the tell-tale signs of autumn’s approach.  Our wildflower meadow, located at  Washington Tower, is now at its peak as we bid farewell to one … Continue reading


By mid-October Mount Auburn’s landscape is awash in color.  As our many deciduous trees and shrubs begin to transform their foliage into jewel-tone shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple, other plants set out their fall fruits and nuts. Here are some … Continue reading


The diversity in Mount Auburn’s collection of trees ensures an prolonged foliage season each fall.  Even in November, there is still plenty of color in the landscape. From our noble oaks displaying autumn color to the fall-blooming witchhzel, there is plenty to see at the Cemetery.  Here are … Continue reading


As our deciduous plants drop their last leaves we welcome the winter season. Now is the time to explore Mount Auburn’s many plants displaying four season interest.  The diversity in our horticultural collections ensure that a visit to Mount Auburn at … Continue reading


Sweet Auburn Magazine

September 3, 2018

Published biannually, Sweet Auburn is an exploration and celebration of the many facets of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Topics covered in the magazine include art, architecture, biography, burial and commemoration, conservation, design, ecology, education, history, horticulture , genealogy, preservation, and wildlife. (more…)

Blooms at Mount Auburn

September 1, 2018

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 September 3, 2018

Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, many locations

Franklin tree, Franklinia altamaha, Fir Ave.

Japanese anemone, Anemone hupehensis, @Sphinx

Broadleaf arrowhead, Sagittaria latifolia, Auburn Lake

Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.

Chinese silk tree, Albizia julibrissin, Fountain Ave.

Chinese sumac, Rhus chinensis, Halcyon Path

Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, several locations

Orange coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida, Rosebay Ave.

Sedum, Sedum ‘Firecracker, Admin. bldg.

Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, many locations

Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Hyacinth Path

Fleeceflower, Persicaria affinis, several locations

Balloon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, Asa Gray garden

Prairie coneflower, Ratibida pinnata, Asa Gray garden

Mountain fleeceflower, Persicaria amplexicaulis, Asa Gray garden

Pale indian plantain, Cacalia atriplicifolia, Asa Gray garden

Scullcap, Scutellaria incana, Asa Gray garden

Candy sensation snowberry, Symphoricarpus doorenbosii, Field Rd.

Sedum, Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’, Fir Ave.

Phlox, Phlox sp., several locations

Szechuan pepper, Zanthoxylum simulans, Daphne Path

Heather, Calluna vulgaris, Garden Ave.

Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, several locations

‘The Fairy’ rose, Rosa ‘The Fairy’, @ Sphinx

Rose, Rosa sp., several locations

Goldenrod, Solidago sp., Mountain Ave.

Northern blazing star, Liatris sp., Mountain Ave.

Aster, Aster sp. Mountain Ave.  

Branched coneflower, Rudbeckia triloba, Mountain Ave.

Butterfly-weed, Asclepias tuberosa, Mountain Ave.

Hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.

Water lily, Nymphaea odorata, Auburn Lake

Hosta, Hosta sp., several locations 

Daylily, Hemerocallis sp., several locations

Trumpet creeper, Campsis radicans, Operation center

Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis, Willow Pond

Castor-aralia, Kalopanax septemlobus, Willow Ave.

Seven-son-flower, Heptacodium miconioides, Spelman Rd.

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla sp., several locations

Canna lily, Canna sp., Fountain Ave.

Meadow sage, Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’, Azalea Path

Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa columbaria Azalea Path

Butterfly bush, Buddleia ‘Nanho Purple’, Azalea Path

Joe-pye-weed, Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’, Azalea Path

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Azalea Path

Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path

Aster, Eurybia divaricata, Azalea Path

New York ironweed, Vernonia noveboracensis, Azalea Path

Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path

Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Flagpole

 ‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.

Pickerel weed, Pontederia cordata, Willow Pond

Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, Almy Rd.

Geranium, Geranium sp. several locations

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden

Snapdragon, Antirrhinum sp., Greenhouse garden

Common thyme, Thymus vulgaris, Greenhouse garden

Coneflower, Echinacea sp., Greenhouse garden

Lysianthus, Eustoma sp., Greenhouse garden

Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum, Greenhouse garden

False aster, Boltonia asteroides, Greenhouse garden

Speedwell, Veronica spicata Greenhouse garden

Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, Greenhouse garden

Verbena, Verbena sp., Greenhouse garden

Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus, Greenhouse garden

Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, Greenhouse garden

Ageratum, Ageratum sp., Greenhouse garden

Globe amaranth, Gomphrena sp., Greenhouse garden

Strawflower, Helichrysum bracteatum, Greenhouse garden

Mountain bluet, Centaurea Montana, Greenhouse garden

Pink flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path

Marigold, Tagetes sp., Several locations


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

Horticulture Highlight: 1938 Hurricane

August 28, 2018


with a mind like a tornado redefining the landscape

-Haki R. Madhubuti

Nineteen-thirty-eight certainly had an abundant amount of what everyone often refers to as “the good old days.” At the movies the Academy Award for Best Picture went to You Can’t Take it with You, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, another comedy was Bringing Up Baby with Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and of course the leopard named Baby. The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Basil Rathborne drew audiences along with Angels with Dirty Faces starring James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart and period favorites, The Dead-End Kids. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire danced together again in Carefree, and Astaire had his hand and footprints cast in cement at Grauman’s Theatre in Hollywood. (more…)

Horticulture Highlight: Threadleaf Coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata

July 31, 2018

In the dogdays of summer as muslin curls on its own heat

And crickets cry in the black walnut tree

The winds lift up my life

And set it some distance from where it was…

            -Meena Alexander

End of July, beginning of August qualify as the “dog days of summer” from the eras of the ancient Greeks and Romans (July 24 – August 24), down through time to readers of the Book of Common Prayers (July 6 – August 7), on to contemporary readers of the Old Farmer’s Almanac (July 3 – August 11). Often including the hottest stretch of summer weather, this phrase’s etymology began with an astronomical connection to the rising of Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky, part of the constellation Canis major, the Greater Dog. (more…)