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Venerable TreesHistory, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass$
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Tom Kimmerer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165660.001.0001

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The Guardians

The Guardians

Trees in Cemeteries

(p.113) 8 The Guardians
Venerable Trees

Tom Kimmerer

University Press of Kentucky

Lexington Cemetery was created in 1849 within a woodland pasture of ancient trees, and most of those trees still provide shade and comfort. The rural cemetery movement, which changed graveyards into attractive, landscaped parks, began in 1831, and the Lexington Cemetery was one of the first to use an existing stand of trees to provide shade and solace. Today the cemetery includes some of the largest bur, Shumard, and chinkapin oaks, kingnuts, and blue ash trees. Other trees, including the largest known basswood, were also present in the original woodland pasture. Since its founding, Lexington Cemetery has continued to plant trees, including the native woodland pasture species. Conditions in the cemetery are ideal for long-lived trees, and the cemetery managers use no herbicides or fertilizer.

Keywords:   cemetery, rural cemetery, landscape movement, bur oak, blue ash, public parks

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