Mount Auburn Cemetery Birch Gardens

Garden Cemetery Design | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Running along the eastern edge of Mount Auburn Cemetery is the new Birch Gardens. The space previously contained a chain link fence and overgrown vegetation offering little in terms of desirable gathering space or interment opportunities. Halvorson Design transformed this perimeter and developed an extensive program, including burial space for 500 and a central garden space. The Garden features a seven-foot tall memorial wall which provides a significant density of interment, forcing a paradigm shift away from the traditional single family plot. 

Birch Gardens exemplifies the union of architecture and landscape which echoes throughout Mount Auburn Cemetery. It seamlessly integrates into the historic fabric of the cemetery resulting in a landscape of quiet, respectful reflection, and it embraces a fundamental human need with dignity and grace. The diversity of interment options thoughtfully interlace within the landscape and have contributed to the Cemetery’s ongoing success and future viability for years to come.


2017 Design Merit Award,
Boston Society of Landscape Architects



40,000 SF


Project Manager

Bryan Jereb, ASLA



Mount Auburn Cemetery



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