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.

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

Special Project: Artist-in-Residence
Special Project: Horticultural Collections
Special Project: Monument Preservation
Special Project: Asa Gray Garden
Special Project: Wildlife Action Plan


The Artist-in-Residence program supports the creation of new work by contemporary artists inspired by an in-depth experience at Mount Auburn Cemetery. We are excited to introduce our current Artist-in-Residence, award-winning playwright and author Patrick Gabridge. With its dual mission of active cemetery and cultural landscape, Mount Auburn Cemetery continues to be a leader in educational and arts programming.

Learn more about our current Artist-in-Residence >>
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Since its founding in 1831 by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Mount Auburn has been maintained with the highest regard for horticultural excellence. Our “landscaped” collection is as much a study of landscape designs as it is a place featuring a diverse array of plants.

Learn more about our horticultural collections >>
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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. To support this project, please make your gift online.

There are still several naming opportunities available to recognize larger gifts. Please contact Jenny Gilbert, Director of Institutional Advancement at 617-607-1970 or jgilbert@mountauburn.org for more information.

Learn more about the Asa Gray Garden  >>
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Mount 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 an outdoor collection, many of our monuments now require an extra level of care and maintenance to protect them after years of exposure to the elements.

Learn more about our current monument preservation projects >>
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Given the increasing urbanization of much of North America, models for successful urban wildlife refuge are desperately needed. Wildlife refuges in proximate to densely settled towns and cities are of importance as places where people can learn about and actively participate in conservation projects within their own communities. Mount Auburn has become a living laboratory for the study of biodiversity, and we’ve embarked on projects with citizen scientist, consulting scientists, professors, and students.

Learn more about our Wildlife Action Plan >>
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For further information, please contact:

Jenny Gilbert, Director of Institutional Advancement
617-607-1970 or jgilbert@mountauburn.org


Support one of Mount Auburn’s current special projects using the form below.


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