Garden Cemeteries

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

Rural Garden Cemeteries

We all can always use more parks, and people will continue to be buried: combine the two and you have benefit to all: the living, the dead, and the environment.

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Newton Cemetery, Newton, MA

Rural cemeteries, from their beginning in the 1830’s were intended as civic places designed for public use.

Before the widespread development of public parks, the rural cemetery was a place for people to enjoy outdoor recreation among sculpture and art that only the wealthy had enjoyed

Today, many of these historic cemeteries are designated landmarks and are cared for by non-profit organizations.

Hollywood Cemetery overlooking the James River

Hollywood Cemetery is a large, sprawling cemetery Richmond, Virginia. Set among rolling hills and winding paths overlooking the James River, it is the resting place of two United States Presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler. It’s an important historic Southern cemetery.

Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America’s first garden (or rural) cemetery”, with classical monuments set in a rolling landscape.

Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn is another beautiful example of the garden cemetery.

I think that there are lessons and examples in the thought and planning of these spaces as a park, a garden, a place for people to enjoy outdoor recreation that can be applicable today.


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