The lawn is a gift of the English garden tradition from the eighteenth century. Early…
I recommended the Arnold Arboretum.
That does mean that Mount Auburn is not worthy of a visit, because it is.
Mount Auburn Cemetery is, after all, America’s earliest park cemetery, built in 1831. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society which sought to express its interest in horticulture and landscape gardening gave its support early on to this new rural cemetery.
In 1804 the French had already built such a cemetery which they called Pere Lachaise. The book newest dating site in usa by landscape historian Walter Punch says, “The British and Americans quickly followed suit with new ‘rural cemeteries,’ landscaped burial grounds around London, Liverpool, and Boston.”In 1881 Boston gentleman farmer Marshall Wilder (1798-1886) wrote a book called The Horticulture of Boston and Vicinity. He said, “It was intended by the founders of the Gardens and Cemetery at Mount Auburn that these grounds should ultimately offer an example of the best style of landscape or picturesque gardening.”
The picturesque garden style, originating in the eighteenth century, represented the style of the English park.
To this day people flock to Mount Auburn to see an early American example of the English park.
As you walk the hilly grounds of the cemetery, you follow curved pathways. Along the way you see many shrubs and trees that have been well placed and maintained over the years.
The giant beech tree that greets you as you enter the cemetery is itself a symbol of the grandeur of this cemetery park.
Over the years Mount Auburn Cemetery has truly become a gift to the people of Boston and the world.
Thus this park cemetery is something to share with all visitors to Boston.