Gravesite Decorations

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What's allowed

  • Annual flowers are the only plantings allowed on a grave site
    • They may be planted six inches east of the monument
    • No other items may be planted on a grave site, including trellises, trees, bushes, roses, shrubs or spreading plants.
  • Artificial flowers are permitted when placed in urns or other containers made of some durable material
    • Urns or containers need to be placed and located so that they will not interfere with or hinder the mowing operations or other care required.​
    • Please do not use glass, pottery or other such fragile material which are permanently attached to the foundation base or marker.

What's not allowed

  • Adornments that create a safety hazard or maintenance problem are prohibited from being placed anywhere on a grave.
  • Baskets
  • Boxes
  • Shells
  • Toys
  • Crockery
  • Glassware
  • Potted plants
  • Trellises
  • Plantings such as trees, bushes, roses, shrubs, spreading plants 
  • Cans
  • Figurines
  • Wood crosses and anything else wood
  • Rocks
  • Borders made of brick, metal, cement or any other material that could get caught in the mowers

Why all the rules?

Of all of the issues cemetery stewards face, there is no other topic causes as much emotion and misunderstanding as what decorations are allowed at gravesites and which ones are not. 

The staff at Evergreen and Fairview are the stewards of the cemeteries. Part of that stewardship means we are responsible for the care of the cemeteries and trying to maintain a safe environment for families, visitors, and staff. An innocent appearing memento or sentimental figurine placed at a grave as a gesture of honoring a life past has the potential to cause injury. The City's cemeteries were audited by the City's Safety Committee and their report mandated that we comply with the rules and regulations the cemeteries have established for decorations and also remove all safety hazards around stones.