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Cultivating Place: Green & Sacred Space, Historic Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Images courtesy of Mt. Auburn, all rights reserved.

Just in time for Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, and Day of the Dead observances, this week we explore the sacred, green and communal space of a cemetery – specifically Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts. Opened in the 1830s, Mt. Auburn was the first of a genre of so-called Garden Cemeteries in the U.S.

Horticulturist Dave Barnett is the Emeritus President and CEO of Mt. Auburn. After nearly 30 years of growing the ecological, horticultural, and cultural legacy of Mt. Auburn, Dave retired this past September. I caught up with him earlier this year to explore the lessons of Mt. Auburn at this time.

Images courtesy of Mt. Auburn, all rights reserved.

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden, Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Particularly interested in the intersections between gardens, the native plant environments around them, and human culture, she is the daughter of garden and floral designing mother and a wildlife biologist father.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.