American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

The Renovation of Asa Gray Garden: Beauty, Inspiration, Botany, and Education
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Diplomat Ballroom
D. Barnett, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts; N. Friedman, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Roslindale, Massachusetts; R. Austrich, Halvorson Design Partnership, Boston, Massachusetts
Pre-Registration Required: 

A collaborative relationship between Asa Gray Garden at Mount Auburn (an active cemetery), architects, and nearby Arnold Arboretum resulted in a beautiful and inspiring garden featuring trees, shrubs, and perennials that provide color, texture, and year-round interest while incorporating collections with strong botanical and educational value. The garden’s plant list was developed to celebrate Cemetery “resident” Dr. Asa Gray, whose work with herbarium specimens resulted in his groundbreaking biogeographical hypothesis. The new garden will be used to teach about the importance of plant biodiversity, while emphasizing the potential dangers of introducing plants from other parts of the world. Participants will find new ways to collaborate and design beautiful gardens and programs while also promoting the value of science and a better understanding of our fragile environment.


This session is approved for 1 LACES credit hours.








This session is approved for 1 ISA credit hours.