Tours of Lakewood Cemetery's Greenhouses Get a Big Response

April 22, 2018 06:16 PM

People gather outside the main office of Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis Sunday. Although these folks are not there to attend a funeral. Instead, they would rather take a tour of two greenhouses on the property.

"It's the one time of the year to make our greenhouses open to the public, and it's only the second time we've done it," Katie Thornton of Lakewood Cemetery said.


Thornton is the tour guide, and the well-informed history buff at the cemetery. Thornton says this is the second year they're having the tours; and they've gotten so popular, more tours were added to keep up with the demand. The tours go off every 30 minutes.

"I think people are really excited to one, even learn that Lakewood has a greenhouse operation," she said.

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Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Lakewood’s way of showing their support was to start tours in their greenhouses.

"It's nice to celebrate those events that aren't really played up that much," Mike Campbell said.

Lakewood is actually one of six cemeteries in the U.S. that has its own greenhouse operations. At the end of the tour, folks are able to plant their own plant and take it home.

"I was impressed with the history of Lakewood about how its deep roots with the city and the kind of history of the acquisition of this land and the current operations," Sarah Brown said.


Todd Wilson

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