What’s in Bloom 2022

September 20, 2022

What’s in Bloom: Week of September 26, 2022

Franklin tree, Franklinia alatamaha, Fir Ave.

Seven-son flower, Heptacodium miconioides, several locations

Dipladenia, Mandevilla sp., Central Ave.

Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, Asa Gray garden

Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, Asa Gray garden

Phlox, Phlox ‘Jeana’, Asa Gray garden

Russian sage, Perovskia atrplicifolia, Asa Gray garden

Salvia, Salvia ‘Fashion’ Asa Gray garden

Zinnia, Zinnlia sp., Asa Gray garden

Chinese silk tree, Albizia julibrissin, Asa Gray garden

Verbena, Verbena sp., Asa Gray garden

Yellow waxflower, Kirengeshoma palmata, Asa Gray garden

Balloon flower, Platycodon grandifloras, Asa Gray garden

Yellow sage, Salvia koyamae, Asa Gray garden

Aster, Aster laevis ‘Bluebird’, Asa Gray garden

Aster, Aster ‘Raydon’s Favorite’, Asa Gray garden

Aster, Aster tartaricus, Asa Gray garden

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Asa Gray & Greenhouse

Sunflower, Helianthus sp., Greenhouse garden

Globe amaranth, Gomphrena sp., Greenhouse garden

Snapdragon, Antirrhinum sp., Greenhouse garden

German statice, Limonium sp., Greenhouse garden

Strawflower, Helichrysum bracteatum, Greenhouse garden

Cosmos, Cosmos sp.,Greenhouse garden

Cockscomb, Celosia sp., Greenhouse garden

Mexican sunflower, Tithonia sp., Greenhouse garden

Hairy alum root, Heuchera ‘Autumn Bride’, Hazel Path

Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path

Blue leadwort, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Laburnun Path

Geranium, Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Administration Bldg.

Baneberry, Actaea simplex ‘Pink Spike’, Beech Ave.

Boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Beech Ave.

Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, several locations

Passion flower, Passiflora sp., Yew Ave.

Mums, Chrysanthemum sp., several locations

Creeping lilyturf, Lirope spicata, several locations

Autumn Joy Sedum, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, several locations

Poker plant, Kniphofia, Ash Ave.

Abelia, Abelia xgrandiflora ‘Rose Creek’, Field Rd.

Orange coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgidaa, Rosebay Ave.

Geranium, Pelargonium sp., @ Sphinx

Japanese anemone, Anemone hupehensis, several locations

‘Knockout rose’, Rosa ‘Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.

Rose, Rosa sp., several locations

Begonia, Begonia sp., several locations

Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path

Butterfly bush, Buddleia ‘Nanho Purple’, Azalea Path  

Aster, Eurybiaa divaricata, Azalea Path

New York ironweed, Vernonia noveboracensis, Azalea Path

Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path

Gentian, Gentiana sp., Ash Ave.

Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Ash Ave.

Spike speedwell, Veronica sp., Ash Ave.

Obedient plant, Physostegia virginiana, Ash Ave.

Goldenrod, Solidago sp., Mountain Ave.

Hyssopleaf thoroughwort, Eupatorium hyssopifolium, Mountain Ave.

Northern blazing star, Liatris sp. Mountain Ave.  

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Moonlight Abolitionists – A Play for the Full Moon

September 8, 2022

Moonlight Abolitionists

Written by Patrick Gabridge
A Concert Reading Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Produced in partnership with Plays in Place, LLC

Join us for a site-specific outdoor concert reading of a one-act play by playwright Patrick Gabridge designed to be performed at the Cemetery under the light of the full moon. Moonlight Abolitionists is a swirling conversation between six abolitionists buried at Mount Auburn: Samuel Gridley Howe, Harriet Jacobs, Joshua Bowen Smith, George and Mary Stearns, and Charles Turner Torrey. This fascinating mix of men and women, some well-known and others far less so, made enormous sacrifices for the cause of freedom.


Approximate run time: 45 minutes

Tickets are $28 per person ($25 for members). Advance registration required.

Location: Bigelow Chapel Lawn
Rain Location: Bigelow Chapel


Thursday, October 6, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Friday, October 7, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 8, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Sunday, October 9, 6:30 & 8:30 pm


Art and Utility: A Conversation with Jill Slosburg-Ackerman

September 2, 2022

In 2022, we have welcomed seven Artists-in-Residence to create original works inspired by their experiences at Mount Auburn. Meet sculptor and wood carver Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, whose series of Mourning Benches will make their first appearance in our landscape on September 15th 2022. Learn more about borrowing one of her benches here.

Could you talk a bit about your artistic career and the different mediums you work in?

Woman wearing sunglasses in a garden
Jill Slosburg-Ackerman

I was born in Nebraska and deeply influenced by the idealism and pragmatism of the Pioneers who settled the Great Plains. (My high school English teacher, Josephine Frisbie, lived in Red Cloud and spoke of seeing Willa Cather there. We swooned over this.) The artists I met at my mother’s gallery, the first in Omaha, inspired me to make art, but because I was a “good” student, I was encouraged to become an art historian. I missed using my hands! Ultimately, I was drawn to studio practice and studied jewelry and metalsmithing, and later, sculpture which explains my allegiance to both the applied and the fine arts.

I have worked as an artist for 50 years. I know that everything I have seen, read about, and experienced is a source for my ideas and what I choose to create. I make my ideas into things: jewelry, drawing, sculpture, furniture, and installation. My work is to connect disparate ideas and forms with the purpose of generating breadth of understanding and unexpected harmonies. For me, furniture offers territory that is rich with history, metaphor, materiality, and function.

I am also a part-time activist. I made anti-war posters at the Boston SMFA with my fellow students in the 1970s. Studying African tribal objects taught me about Western imperialism when I was a fellow at Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute. I helped to found the Boston chapter of the Women’s Action Coalition (WAC). I have been a teacher – first in adult education and then at MassArt. I retired after 47 years of amazing teaching, for sure enriched by my students. I am a mother and now a widow. I cook for those in need. Still, I treasure the soliloquy of the studio more than anything.

Your project, “Mourning Benches,” combines art and practicality on a deeply personal level. What inspired your vision for this work?

While yes, I am combining “art” and “utility,” I’d like to emphasize the word “and” here. For me, one or the other could not fully provide the totality, the circularity of life that I seek. For me, it is important to represent loss and regeneration.

My proposal for “Mourning Benches” comes from the experience of visiting my husband’s grave. The only way to be close to his stone is to kneel or sit on cold, damp ground. I have longed for the means to sit closer, in order to comfortably commune with his spirit and to immerse myself in the landscape. Creating the Mourning Benches started as something I needed and evolved into a gesture of generosity for my fellow Cemetery visitors. Inside the universal is the personal.

Tell us about the carvings on the different benches.

The carved images are technically intaglios, incised or wood-burned on the bench seats. Sometimes pictorial and sometimes abstract, they are drawn from reading, Cemetery meanders, my mourning journals, and current world events. The orientation of the paired images is meant for the sitter as a prompt for communion and contemplation.

Could you talk about your relationship with Mount Auburn, and your experiences in our landscape?

I have had a long and rich association with the Cemetery. First, as a professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, I brought woodcarving students to experience the sheer beauty of the cemetery and to walk, look, and think about carving, symbolism in the varied gravestones and monuments, narratives, and the relationship of art to nature. Many years ago, when there was a wood pile from pruned trees, my students were invited to take wood from the Cemetery for their own art projects.

Later, from 1987 until 2017, I walked at the Cemetery with my late husband, James Sloss Ackerman, and now I visit his gravestone on the Azalea Path.

Proprietors’ Annual Meeting 2022

September 2, 2022

The Annual Meeting of the Proprietors of Mount Auburn Cemetery will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 20th at 9 AM. We welcome voting proprietors to join us for a summary of the most recent fiscal year. Those who cannot join us but wish to cast a vote on behalf of their lot may also do so below.


Voting by proxy is now closed. Voting Proprietors may still cast their vote by joining us at this year’s virtual Annual Meeting. Please register below to attend.