People visiting Manitowoc from throughout the United States are impressed with the beauty of Evergreen Cemetery. This is due in part to the 6,000 flowers which are planted annually by cemetery staff, as well as the thousands of flowers planted by survivors of loved ones.
The flowers planted by the cemetery staff are planted on the graves of people who deposited money into a perpetual flower care fund. No new accounts were accepted into this fund after July 1, 1975, due to the size of the planting program. People are encouraged to contact local florists to set up contracts for planting of annual flowers on family graves.
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Evergreen Cemetery averages 196 burials per year. At the present time, there are over 28,000 burials in the cemetery. The cemetery has an area reserved for the burial of infants and young children. In addition, there are spaces owned by the Veterans Service Office that are reserved for the burial of indigent veterans. Please contact the Veterans Office to see if you qualify by calling (920) 683-4055.
Evergreen Cemetery is also noted for the number and variety of trees growing in the cemetery. There are over 1,100 trees, which consist of approximately 40 different species of trees. Some of the more rare varieties include Japanese Gingko, Purple Beach, Camperdown Elm, Buckeye, and Ironwood. Because of the abundant supply of food and the protected environment, the cemetery has become a wildlife sanctuary.
Squirrels, deer, and a large variety of birds, including owls, hawks, and even wild turkey are often spotted in the cemetery. The squirrels feast on nuts from our various trees, and the birds feast on berries. With the amount of flowers planted here, the deer have a never-ending supply of meals. Hawks are even drawn to our cemetery because of the large amount of squirrels. Pets and horseback riding are not allowed.
Many people also utilize the quiet and beautiful setting for various types of aerobic activities free from the traffic and noise. On any given day throughout the year you can find walkers, joggers, and cyclists.
Free WiFi access is available at the workshop on the cemetery grounds at 2221 Michigan Avenue.
View a history of Evergreen.