We understand that families wish to decorate their loved ones burial location in various ways, but for over 25 years, Gethsemane Cemetery has not allowed artificial decorations for a number of reasons. First, artificial decorations may appear to be plastic, but they contain metal wire which is extremely dangerous to visitors and employees with the use of mowers, trimmers, snow blowers, etc. Second, artificial decorations fade and become unsightly in a short period of time which can mar the overall beauty of the cemetery. Third, landfills and recycling have driven the cost of trash removal higher. We recycle all the organic matter collected, and artificial decorations are not recyclable.
We also understand the cost of decorations, especially live green wreaths, and have included an exception. Artificial wreaths, resembling that of real wreaths are allowed from November 1 thru March 15.
Gethsemane Cemetery’s Planting & Decoration Guidelines try to strike a balance between the natural desire of family members to decorate individual grave sites, crypts and niches and the overriding obligation to maintain the appearance of the cemetery with the resources at our disposal.
Feel free to download our Planting & Decoration Guidelines to assist you in making your selections. Your individual lot, collectively with all the other lots in Gethsemane Cemetery contribute directly to the beauty of Gethsemane Cemetery.
If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to Contact Us.