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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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The Gardens of South Public Grounds

The gardens of South Public Grounds suffered badly after the 2008 tornado and we are excited to be starting work to restore the area to a beautiful and welcoming space. This area was heavily shaded before the tornado.  Unfortunately, the…

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Gardens Focus: Cemetery Whites

Spring is arriving in Oakland’s gardens. The daffodils are fading and being replaced by a symphony of spring blooms including our very early white iris. Many other irises will soon follow but these irises are the first to announce spring’s…

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Daffodils Take Center Stage

Oakland’s daffodils are waking up and their cheerful faces help us endure these cold, wet winter days. You will see several varieties planted in the restored areas and remnants of historic plantings can be found scattered here and there.
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Winter is beautiful in the gardens!

Winter has finally arrived but the gardens remain quite beautiful. The evergreens provide elegant structure, the hollies are covered with red and yellow berries, and the blue sky is almost iridescent, however it's the flowers that catch everyone's eye. You'll see many flowers including old fashioned friends…

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