March 2016
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THU, MAR 10 10AM

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THU, MAR 17 12PM

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SAT, MAR 26 
Spring Season of Remembrance

Mount Auburn Cemetery is now accepting orders for the 2016 Spring Season of Remembrance. Place your order through our online store !

Please place order by 3/16  to ensure placement on the grounds before 3/27.

Winter Tree & Shrub Identification And Signs of Spring 

Join Mount Auburn President Dave Barnett as the once snow-covered ground gives way to the earliest spring flowers and buds. We'll observe the early signs of spring's arrival and learn how to identify trees and... Register today

Wildlife Highlight:  The Downy Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker is the most common woodpecker in our area and can be found in a wide range of habitats. At Mount Auburn you can count on as many as six-to-eight individuals any day of the year. 

The Downy is the smallest woodpecker in North America, more than two inches shorter than the similar-looking Hairy Woodpecker, which is uncommon at Mount Auburn. The Downy Woodpecker is quite tame and is often found with flocks of chickadees, titmice and nuthatches. Its rattling call ...  read more

Horticultural Highlight: Pieris

While this month's winds may conjure up spring to some, our landscape still broadly reads of winter's arboreal bareness. Fortunately, our eyes may find soothing fixation on various evergreen trees and shrubs, as well as on early blooming bulbs and witch hazels. 

Today we sing the praises of the ornamental, evergreen shrubs, belonging to the genus Pieris - derived from Piera, located at the northern foot of Mount Olympus... learn more

Person of the Month: Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930) 

Born March 30, 1863, Mary Whiton Calkins went on to attend both Smith College and Harvard University.  Although she had fulfilled the requirements for the doctoral degree at Harvard by 1895, Calkins was denied the award as the prevailing policy did not allow women to matriculate at that time.  

Regardless, her talents were recognized by numerous members of her profession and she was granted full professorship at Wellesley College in 1901 and ranked 12 out of 50 leading psychologists in the country in 1903...  read more

History Highlight: Halcyon Garden Developed
Halcyon Garden became Mount Auburn's newest innovative burial area when it was completed back in 2001. 

Transforming a stretch of 
Maple Avenue along the Cemetery's perimeter into a new interment landscape included the planting of birches, rosebuds, deciduous and evergreen shrubs and ground-cover plants with openings for occasional views from the path downhill to Halcyon Lake. A Black Oak which predates the Cemetery was left in place...  learn more
Eternally Green: 
Energy Savings in the Home

As our society becomes more complex, we find ourselves increasingly surrounded by energy consuming devices. We know that these can consume a lot of energy if we leave them on, but did you know they can keep consuming power even when they are off?

This type of power, known as "standby" or "vampire" power, consumes between 5-10% of the average home's electric use. Luckily, cutting standby power is quite easy, and can save hundreds per year.

The simplest way to save energy is to simply unplug devices when they are not being used. A surge protector... 

Save the Date!
The Lively Place Author Talk & Signing
Thursday, April 7th at 5:30PM

Join Stephen Kendrick for the launch of his new book The Lively Place Mount Auburn, America's First Garden Cemetery, and Its Revolutionary and Literary Residents

After the talk books will be available for purchase.  Reception at 5:30, Talk at 6 PM.

Stephen Kendrick is senior minister at the First Church in Boston, Unitarian Universalist.

Current Projects at Mount Auburn 

Learn more about current projects happening at the Cemetery today.

Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

Growing Plants from Seed

Sunday, March 6th at 1:30PM
Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 


Seabirds: Divers and Their Drivers

Sunday, March 13th
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA


All talks take place at 7PM at MassWildlife Field Headquarters,
1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, unless otherwise noted


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