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  • Plant Vision: Giving Our Attention to the Trees Around Us

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz I know this feeling of being a child, one of my first waking memories.  Running circle after circle on the lawn of my new family home around a ring of ivy. Three silver birches, Betula pendula, emergent from the center of the round as a harmonious triumvirate of brilliant …
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  • “Dancing on the Brink of the World”: A Photo Blog Series Showcasing the Global Diversity of Plantings of the Monterey Cypress

    VOLUME III: SPECIMEN By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz Hesperocyparis macrocarpa, in its wisened maturity past a century in age, may grow to become a true natural spectacle, a wooden behemoth that lives at a physical and temporal scale far beyond the human. To us, they exist as timeless stalwarts; still and silent they stand …
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  • Welcome to Cypress Lawn Arboretum:
    A Short Feature Film

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz Hello, friends! Recent months have been full of growth and change here at Cypress Lawn Arboretum. This short feature documentary film seeks to share with you — our cherished tree-loving community — just a few of the many projects that we have been working on. From giving care and …
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  • From Acorn to Action Plan: Arboretum Allies and a New Era of Tree Care at Cypress Lawn

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz Cypress Lawn Arboretum has grown through the generations from a vision seeded by our founder, Hamden Holmes Noble, who brought the idea of the rural “garden cemetery” to the California coast in the final decade of the 19th century. Although Mr. Noble did not think of himself as …
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  • “Dancing on the Brink of the World”: A Photo Blog Series Showcasing the Diversity of Global Plantings of the Monterey Cypress

    VOLUME II: NATURAL(IZED) By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz The Monterey cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa), our namesake species at Cypress Lawn Arboretum, is a coastal Californian tree with a unique natural — and cultural — history. While truly native only to a small pocket of the Monterey peninsula within two ancient groves at Pebble Beach …
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  • “Dancing on the Brink of the World”

    A Photo Blog Series Showcasing the Diversity of Global Plantings of the Monterey Cypress Volume I: Memorial On Cypress Lawn’s first Arboretum Day, November 18, 2020, we will embrace the singular healing act of planting trees. We do so as a memorial, as a living tribute to the many souls that have been lost in …
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  • Arboretum Day: November 18th, 2020
    Cypress Lawn Arboretum

    Dearest friends, neighbors, and tree-lovers near and far — It is my honor to extend to you a cordial virtual invitation to the first annual Arboretum Day here at Cypress Lawn Arboretum & Botanical Gardens on Nov. 18, 2020.  As a celebration of life befitting the lasting legacy of our Memorial Park, where trees have …
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  • What’s Next at Cypress Lawn: Virtual Tree Tours

    Hello all! We here at the Cypress Lawn Arboretum would like to cordially invite you to experience our new virtual Tree Tour of our living collection, featuring several of the grandest and oldest tree specimens growing today at Cypress Lawn. Click here to explore this virtual experience for yourself! Start the Tree Tour Here With …
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  • June’s Tree of the Month: Irish Yew

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz A headstone of polished granite — ornate, intricately detailed, and artfully inscribed — stands to commemorate a life gone by. Stone is a stoic thing; as eternal tributes to beloved people, we intend for our mausoleums, statuary, and monuments to remain immutable, as sacrosanct vessels of cherished memories. …
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  • May’s Tree of the Month: Monterey Pine

    A tree is a versatile metaphor for life itself — indeed, examples of this are scattered across our cultural history as a thousand leaves upon an autumn lawn. From the tempting fruits of Eden to the meditative enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama beneath the sacred Bodhi tree; from the shrouded mystery of J.K. Rowling’s Forbidden Forest …
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