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Brrrrrr! It’s COLD out there!

By Sara Henderson Our January weather has been typically erratic. It reached 65° this past Saturday and then into the teens Monday night. Thankfully most of our plants are able to handle these wide swings as long as it cools…

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Monuments on the Move

Monuments can be threatened by the best of intentions. A planting by a family member or friend may seem harmless at first. Decades down the road, however, the unintended consequences can be devastating to the monuments and markers in the…

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Oakland’s Diminishing Canopy

Oakland’s trees are the oldest element in the gardens, and they are our most visible. The attachment people feel to them was never as apparent as after the tornado in March 2008. We lost over 110 mature trees in those…

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Winter Memories

By Sara Henderson The Thanksgiving feast causes us to stop, savor and be appreciative for the countless blessings in our lives. It symbolizes the end to the harvest season and the successful gathering of the food needed to survive the…

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Evergreens at Oakland

By: Sara Henderson The wreath is one of the oldest decorations. The word wreath likely came from the Old English word “writhen” which meant “to writhe or twist” and they are traditionally made by twisting branches together in a circle.…

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Gold in the Gardens

Fall colors are starting to fill the gardens and gold is the color of the season. The many shades of yellow are catching everyone’s eye and several are creating quite a stir. There’s lots of gold to be found, and…

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Red Spider Lillies

Bulbs are one of the great gifts of nature – a beautiful flower packaged in a dry, unassuming package that can protect it for several months. This ability has made it possible for them to travel far from their native…

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They call them “Southern Lilacs”

by Sara Henderson We’ve reached the hottest part of the summer and the crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) are in full bloom throughout Oakland’s grounds. Southerners know them immediately but many of our visitors are amazed and want to know what they…

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Have we gone bananas?

by Sara Henderson, Gardens Manager We are often asked about the exotic looking plants included in several of the plantings at Oakland. Are they hardy? Are they appropriate for a historic garden? The answers are yes and yes. In fact…

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What's in a name?

We name things to help us organize, categorize, and understand the world around us. To help you understand the world of Oakland Cemetery, we have created a visual glossary of common cemetery terms. Feel free to email us if you have…

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