Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Cypress Lawn Arboretum and Botanical Garden Earns International Accreditation

Cypress Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has recently received Level I arboretum accreditation under the Morton Arboretum’s international ArbNet program. Accreditation signifies excellence in having a publicly accessible site with a minimum of 25 species of trees or woody plants, along with a governing body, an arboretum plan, and staff or volunteers to ensure fulfillment of the plan. Cypress Lawn is one of only two cemeteries in the Bay Area to earn this accreditation.

Cypress Lawn President and CEO Robert Gordon Jr. says, “This is an important milestone for Cypress Lawn and speaks to the pride we take in preserving and promoting our 125-year history – with our timeless arboretum at the heart of it all. Our hope is that this accreditation will bring attention to our spectacular arboretum so as many people as possible can enjoy all it has to offer.”

Cypress Lawn’s arboretum features trees indigenous to the Northeast, species native to California and the Bay Area, Australia, and Europe. Each tree is labeled and documented with the collection available for study by scientists from all over the world.

Trees have always been a centerpiece at Cypress Lawn, dating back to its beginnings in 1892, when Founder Hamden Holmes Noble brought in plant materials from around the world to create the first garden cemetery on the West Coast — a stunning, park-like setting along the Bay Area peninsula. With some trees boasting more than a century of growth, Cypress Lawn’s trees can be enjoyed by everyone through their new docent-led public trolley tours, a free community service and educational experience made possible by the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation promotes educational and cultural activities to encourage the preservation and restoration of the arboretum and botanical garden, in addition to Cypress Lawn’s incomparable art and architecture.

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