Eternal Bloom Lichens at Mount Pleasant

Seattle, Washington

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Graveyards, typically associated with the dead and the past, are actually secret gardens bursting with life. In the city, the right cemetery is a naturalist’s haven. First, there are the trees. While a homeowner might stretch the laws of biology to squeeze a 40-foot-tall sugar maple into a 20-square-foot front yard, the acres of lawn and extended timeline available in a cemetery give specimens room to grow to full splendor. The protected acreage also makes cemeteries a favored spot for lichenologists who study those long-lived organisms brightening the wan faces of old gravestones. Mount Pleasant, one of Seattle’s oldest cemeteries, provides nearly forty acres of habitat on the north side of Queen Anne Hill for birds, trees, lichens, and city-weary humans. It is also the final resting place of such notable early pioneers as former Governor John H. McGraw, Asa Mercer, and Daniel and Susannah Bagley.
Nature in the City: Seattle

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Nature in the City: Seattle

by Maria Dolan & Kathryn True (The Mountaineers Books)

Graveyards, typically associated with the dead and the past, are actually secret gardens bursting with life. In the city, the right cemetery is a naturalist’s haven. First, there are the trees. While a homeowner might stretch the laws of biology to squeeze a 40-foot-tall sugar maple into a 20-square-foot front yard, the acres of lawn and extended timeline available in a cemetery give specimens room to grow to full splendor.

The protected acreage also makes cemeteries a favored spot for lichenologists who study those long-lived organisms brightening the wan faces of old gravestones. Mount Pleasant, one of Seattle’s oldest cemeteries, provides nearly forty acres of habitat on the north side of Queen Anne Hill for birds, trees, lichens, and city-weary humans. It is also the final resting place of such notable early pioneers as former Governor John H. McGraw, Asa Mercer, and Daniel and Susannah Bagley.

©  Maria Dolan & Kathryn True/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Seattle
Season: Year-round
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