Special Projects

Become part of the Friends of Mount Auburn or support a Special Project, to ensure that what’s meaningful to you today, continues tomorrow.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, there will be delays in processing donations and sending print receipts and membership cards while our staff is working remotely. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our staff is continuing to reply to inquiries during this time, so please contact us at pschlaht@mountauburn.org with questions. Thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time, and for being part of the Friends of Mount Auburn. 

The Friends of Mount Auburn is currently raising funds to support a number of the Cemetery’s special projects and initiatives. Learn more below:

Asa Gray Garden

Ecological Education and Biodiversity Studies
Horticultural Collections

Monument Preservation


Jesse Aron GreenSince 2014, our two-year Artist-in-Residence program has supported the creation of new work by a contemporary artist inspired by their in-depth experience at Mount Auburn. This continues a long tradition of visitors experiencing our landscape as an outdoor museum as well as a place of burial, dating back to our early decades in the nineteenth century. We are thrilled to welcome conceptual artist Jesse Aron Green as our fourth Artist-in-Residence for 2020-2021, and look forward to sharing his work with our visitors during that time. Also in 2020, we welcome back playwright Patrick Gabridge (our 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence), whose staged reading Moonlight Abolitionists will be performed at the base of our iconic Washington Tower under the light of the full moon for three nights between August 30 and September 1. Please help us present Moonlight Abolitionists and support the costs of hiring six local equity actors who will perform the piece! Your gift to our Artist-in-Residence program this year will be doubled by The Bob Jolly Charitable Trust, who has issued a challenge grant to match dollar-for-dollar every gift for the production of Moonlight Abolitionists.

Meet our 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence >>
Support our Artist-in-Residence program >>


Asa Gray Garden

On June 28, 2018, after a year of extensive renovations, we celebrated the official completion of Asa Gray Garden with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The space has been open for the public’s use and enjoyment ever since. This ambitious project would not have been possible without the generous support of our donors. While the renovation has been completed, we are continuing to raise additional funds to support the crucial landscaping and maintenance work that is still ahead of us. It is this often-overlooked work that will ensure that the new plants are properly established and can suitably showcase the beautiful new design, helping Asa Gray Garden to flourish in the coming years.

Learn more about Asa Gray Garden >>
Support Asa Gray Garden >>
Contact us to learn about naming opportunities >>


Biodiversity study at Consecration DellMount Auburn’s 175 acres of green space have made it an important resource for many wildlife species in the densely built-up Boston area. Today, the Cemetery has become a living laboratory for scientists studying how best to support and improve the habitat for a variety of species in this urban ecosystem, as well as reintroducing several native amphibian and reptile populations. We also offer educational opportunities for community members of all ages to learn more about biodiversity and get involved in our habitat work through our Citizen Science Naturalist Program. Please support our ecology education programs and help make our urban refuge a thriving habitat for this incredible diversity of wildlife. Your gift will support the consulting scientists and educators who serve as trainers and researchers for our Citizen Science Naturalist program.

Learn more about our Wildlife Action Plan >>
Support our Ecological Education and Biodiversity Studies >>


Flowers in front of monumentSince its founding in 1831 by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Mount Auburn has been maintained with the highest regard for horticultural excellence. Today, our landscape is an accredited arboretum and botanical garden, featuring a nationally-significant collection of more than 5,000 trees and 10,000 shrubs and groundcover plants. Our collection is also as much a study of landscape designs as it is a diverse array of plants. Donations help support the care and maintenance of this incredible collection, as well as the research, cataloging, and design work that allows us to expand it across the Cemetery.

Learn more about our horticultural collections >>
Support our horticultural collections >>


Preserving monumentMount Auburn’s diverse collection of monuments and funerary art from the early nineteenth century through today, interwoven into the landscape, is the reason for so much of our aesthetic richness, educational value, and historical significance. By nature of being located outdoors, many of our monuments now require an extra level of care and maintenance to protect them after years of exposure to the elements. Your support helps our preservation staff care for this collection, including our many fragile nineteenth-century monuments, cast iron fences, signs, tombs, and mausolea. Donations also make it possible for us to work with sculptor conservators to preserve some of our most significant monuments.

Learn more about our current monument preservation projects >>
Support our current monument preservation projects >>

For further information, please contact:

Jenny Gilbert, Director of Institutional Advancement


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