A wall of forest looms above
And sweetly the blackbird sings
All the birds make melody
Over me and my books and things…
In the past we have discussed plants which commemorate Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Cherokee Chief Sequoia (c.1770-1844), Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), Peter Kalm (1715-1779), Dr. Joseph Fothergill (1712-1780), and Father Armand David (1826-1900) to mention but a few “mysteries of the gardens.” Each of these and many others have had their names immortalized, in Latinized form, allowing us and garden aficionados to pursue the playful activity of “who does your garden grow.” (more…)
Mount Auburn Cemetery attracts over 200,000 visitors per year, and they visit for many different reasons. Families and friends come to pay tribute to loved ones every day, as we continue to do about 500 new burials per year. Others come to enjoy the beautiful landscape, the magnificent trees, the birds and other wildlife, or the amazing collection of funerary art and architecture. Many attend our educational programs and tours, and still others come to study history and learn about the notable residents of Mount Auburn. Some do all of the above. (more…)
…But it must be that I,
that animal, that Russian, that exile, from whom
the bells of the chapel pullulate sounds at
Perhaps at Mount Auburn, thoughts from the above lines might recall Svetlana Boym, even though Stevens’ words are metaphorical. However, herein allow the transitional thoughts to rather delve into a plant native to Russia, Microbiota decussata, Russian Arborvitae growing within our landscape. Not unsurprisingly, the largest country in the world is native to numerous planting choices used here, Scilla siberica occurs only in the wild in southern Russia. Additionally, regardless of their somewhat confusing common names, Norway spruce, Dahurian larch, Korean pine, Manchurian birch, Manchurian maple, Manchurian walnut, Manchurian fir and Caucasian fir among others are Russians also represented in our living collection. (more…)
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 November 5, 2018
Witch hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, Dell Path, Linden Path
Japanese anemone, Anemone hupehensis, Admin. bldg.
Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.
Wild bleeding heart, Dicentra exemia, Admin. bldg.
Ladies’-tresses, Spiranthes sp., Beech Ave.
Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum sp., several locations
Tatarian aster, Aster tataricus, Asa Gray garden
Aster, Aster ‘Raydon’s Favorite’, Asa Gray garden
‘The Fairy’ rose, Rosa ‘The Fairy’, @ Sphinx
Rose, Rosa sp., several locations
‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.
Snapdragon, Antirrhinum sp., Greenhouse garden
Lysianthus, Eustoma sp., Greenhouse garden
Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus, Greenhouse garden
Strawflower, Helichrysum bracteatum, Greenhouse garden
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.