Willow Knoll is located on a hillside that overlooks Mount Auburn Cemetery’s beautiful Willow Pond. An evocative Corten-steel flame-shaped sculpture by sculptor Richard Duca occupied the top of the knoll, so JMMDS took inspiration from its shape to change the straight, radial paths to swirling curves reminiscent of the sculpture. Granite walls act as harbor-like seats or as memorial tablets, defining planting beds that soften Goshen stone terrace and paths. With its curvilinear lines, beautiful views and billowing plantings, Willow Knoll has become a favorite burial place for artists, scientists, and musicians.

Photography by Susan Teare & JMMDS


Staff of Mount Auburn Cemetery
Thomas Paine, Landscape Architect
Donald B. Curran Inc., Landscape Contractors
Capizzi and Company, Landscape Contractors
Richard Duca, Sculpture Designer