We have a new tallest tree in 2014! That’s what the Plant Records staff, helped by volunteers, have just determined. This winter they measured the growth of the trees appearing on our brochure map entitled “Big Trees at Mount Auburn Cemetery.” The height of the tree, the diameter of the trunk and the length of the canopy were all recorded. These measurements help us both to understand the dynamic of the growth of the trees and to identify the potential declining trees. They are also used in a formula for determining state champions trees for each species. (more…)
The Horticulture Department recently completed the 2013 Plant Collections Analysis report – an 88 page document containing discussions of horticultural initiatives as well as detailed plant collections statistics (a copy is available to read at the visitor’s desk in Storey Chapel). We also just accessioned our first plant of 2014: an apple tree cultivar named ‘Flower of Kent’ (aka: Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree). In a few years time maybe we can get struck with inspiration while standing under it! (more…)
The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery is the recipient of a significant grant from the A.J. & M.D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust. The grant will support the Mount Auburn Wildlife Action Plan 2014, the culmination of the single and multi-year wildlife planting initiatives the Cemetery has implemented in the past. The Action Plan looks ahead to the future of Mount Auburn’s habitat enhancement initiative and will incorporate innovative perspectives and techniques to enhance the Cemetery’s biodiversity and quality of habitat for a range of species. (more…)
The recent polar vortex has brought some of the coldest air to our region in over a decade, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite cold enough for us here at Mount Auburn. Our Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) trees are being killed by an invasive pest called the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid which is found throughout the Northeast and can kill a hemlock in as quickly as four years after infestation. Populations of the insect are greatly reduced when the temperature reaches -4°F (-20°C). Records from our greenhouse weather station show that we’ve reached a low temperature of only 4° on the early morning of January 4th – not enough to make a dent in the adelgid population. In the meantime, our arboriculture crew will continue to treat our remaining hemlocks and we’ll keep searching for resistant replacement trees like the 7 Chinese Hemlocks (Tsuga chinensis) we have growing at our propagation range.