Memorial Day ceremonies at Cedar Grove are off, but greenhouse is open for business

Cedar Grove Cemetery greenhouse opened for sales on Sunday

The greenhouse at Cedar Grove Cemetery opened Sunday afternoon, just in time for Mother’s Day. The greenhouse— which sells plants and flowers— will remain open daily from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30p.m.

The plantings are among just a few traditional activities still planned at Cedar Grove this spring, said Interim Supt. Tony Paciulli.

“The annual Memorial Day parade, hosted by the McKeon Post, and the ceremonies in the cemetery have been cancelled,” Paciulli explained. “The office and the chapel are closed indefinitely, and we are observing very strict COVID-19 restrictions at the greenhouse.”
Among the restrictions: A mask must be work at all times, the greenhouse will only be accessed and exited by specifically marked locations; customers must remain at least six feet apart; payments may be made by cash and credit card. The greenhouse is the only building on cemetery grounds open to the public.

With the arrival of warmer weather, and less than two weeks remaining before Memorial Day, the cemetery staff is bracing for increased levels of visits by persons decorating family graves.

“For the safety of our customers and employees we ask that you shop safely following the listed guidelines,” the cemetery officials posted on social media.

The flowers— grown from seeds the greenhouse - are ready for planting. If you’d like to have your spring flowers planted, call the office, 617-825-1360 and provide them with your contact information.


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