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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World

    VOLUME V: HERITAGE By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz   While truly an indigenous tree only in the pocket remnants of ancient groves found at Point Lobos and Pebble Beach along the Monterey peninsula, Hesperocyparis macrocarpa is today a culturally significant tree that has come to be naturalized in many other locations around the world, …
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  • Cypress Lawn Arboretum Day 2021: November 12th

    Dearest friends, neighbors, and tree-lovers near and far — It is my honor to extend to you a cordial in-person (as well as virtual!) invitation to our second-annual Arboretum Day, here at Cypress Lawn Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on Nov. 12, 2021. The first-ever Arboretum Day, held last year on Nov. 18, 2020, was indeed …
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  • Fun Fall Activities in San Francisco for the Whole Family to Enjoy

    The Bay Area is gorgeous any time of year but especially in the fall. (Of course, there’s no need to remind our neighbors of this!) Autumn in San Francisco brings mild temps, clearer air, and fewer tourists — a win-win-win for the whole family. At Cypress Lawn, we love exploring all that our beautiful city …
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  • Honoring San Francisco Hero Betty Ong on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

    The commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, was deeply felt across our country and world. When we reflect upon the events of that tragic day and the thousands of lives that were lost, it can feel overwhelming, even after so much time has passed. For many of us, the day that changed …
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  • Expanding Our Partnership with the San Mateo County Historical Association

    As members of the Bay Area community for over a century, our leadership team at Cypress Lawn deeply cares about celebrating the lives of our neighbors — but also honoring and preserving the treasured history of our city and state. Cypress Lawn’s Memorial Park is home to many exquisite pieces of art and architecture that …
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  • Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month in the Bay Area

    At Cypress Lawn, it’s an honor to celebrate and pay tribute to our Hispanic friends and neighbors, commemorating all of our community’s diverse cultural and religious traditions. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States each year starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. The observation of this holiday began in …
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  • PRESERVATION, RESTORATION, CURATION: CARING FOR THE TREES OF CYPRESS LAWN ARBORETUM

    There is a certain awe that a tree may inspire, when given our attention.  The dappled light passing through a curtain of pine needles; a shimmering branch of copper beech leaves, dancing on the wind; the heady scent of magnolia flowers in mid-summer bloom.  At Cypress Lawn Arboretum, the care of our trees is given …
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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World: Volume IV – Seed

    Let me tell you a story, from a decade ago, about the first Monterey cypress I ever came to know… She lives on Bodega Head, nestled a hundred paces away from the sandstone cliff edge and the crashing Pacific surf just beyond.  I cannot recall my first instance of seeing her from afar, nor that …
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  • What Families Have to Say About Cypress Lawn

    At Cypress Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, what matters most to us is helping our Bay Area neighbors. All of our team members are guided by a set of unwavering beliefs that lead them through the decisions they make every day. We believe in consistently providing all families with high-quality services that will exceed …
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  • Coping With Grief in the Post-Pandemic World

    As we’ve all toiled through the many difficulties and hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been an unrelenting hope about our world getting back to “normal times.” Unfortunately, with the rise of the delta variant of the virus, it’s unclear when exactly we can expect for life as we knew it pre-pandemic to return. …
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