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 has three ponds and a vernal pool within its 175 acre, urban footprint. Each water body provides habitat important for wildlife health and success. Halcyon Lake provides breeding ground for the American Toad (Bufo americanus), which after being absent from the cemetery for more than three decades, has been successfully reintroduced. A healthy, breeding population of this native amphibian now exists at Mount Auburn. Auburn Lake supports a healthy population of the native Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). Willow Pond provides excellent fishing ground for the native Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). Lastly, the vernal pool at Consecration Dell provides breeding habitat for another native species, the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum). Of course, habitat at each water body supports significantly more wildlife as well. Protection of habitat is an important piece of the cemetery’s institutional mission to be good stewards of the environment. (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 October 9, 2017
Franklin tree, Franklinia alatamaha, Fir Ave.
Japanese anemone, Anemone hupehensis, @ Main office
‘The Fairy’ rose, Rosa ‘The Fairy’, @ Sphinx
Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, several locations
Fleeceflower, Persicaria affinis, several locations
Rose, Rosa sp., several locations
Goldenrod, Solidago sp., Mountain Ave.
Hyssopleaf thoroughwort, Eupatorium hyssopifolium,
Aster, Aster sp., Mountain Ave.
Hosta, Hosta sp., several locations
Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla sp., Field Rd.
Canna lily, Canna ‘Toucan Yellow, Fountain Ave.
Pink flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path
Marigold, Tagetes sp., several locations
Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Flagpole
Meadow sage, Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’, Azalea Path
Butterfly bush, Buddleia ‘Nanho Purple’, Azalea Path
Aster, Eurybia divaricata, Azalea Path
Sedum, Sedum sp., Azalea Path
Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis, Willow pond
Pickerel weed, Pontederia cordata, Willow Pond
‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.
Geranium, Geranium sp. several locations
Delphinium, Delphinium sp., Greenhouse garden
Dahlia, sp., Greenhouse garden
Orange coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida, Greenhouse garden
Speedwell, Veronica spicata Greenhouse garden
Verbena, Verbena sp., Greenhouse garden
Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus, Greenhouse garden
Star flower, Helichrysum bracteatum, Greenhouse garden
Globe amaranth, Gomphrena sp., 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 email@example.com.
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.
It is the diverse collection of over 5,000 spectacular trees that no doubt attracts many people to the Cemetery. Nevertheless, it is the combination of the topography, the plants, the wildlife and the monuments and other built structures that make Mount Auburn the unique landscape and National Historic Landmark that it is.