Native Plants as Living Memorials


Our Living Memorial Program is a way to give grieving people and the land what they need. By having our staff and conservation partner Alachua Conservation Trust choose the right species for each ecosystem in the cemetery, and the best time of year to plant it, we can ensure the land gets what it needs.

When you donate to plant a living memorial you, the plant, and your loved one help contribute to the cemetery as a living memorial to all who are buried here. Read below to find out more about the program, and how you can be a part.

‘Living Memorials’

The term “Living Memorial” refers to a living plant placed on or near a gravesite. Only specific, regionally-native species acquired from PCCC may be used as Living Memorials. Plants are living things that do not live forever; as such, the cemetery cannot and does not guarantee their survival. PCCC does not replace Living Memorials that do not survive in the cemetery.

Planting a Living Memorial

Individuals may acquire a plant through the Cemetery’s donation-based Living Memorial Program. Cemetery visitors have two options for planting a Living Memorial on cemetery grounds:

  • PCCC organizes at least one community planting event annually, at a time identified to maximize plant success and health, in which PCCC provides trees, understory plants, herbaceous species, and/or grasses for all who wish to plant something in the cemetery grounds according to the ecosystem where there loved one is buried. (Preferred).

  • PCCC also makes a small seasonal selection of plants available for families of the deceased to include as a feature of burial ceremonies.

New Plant Material:

Planting a Living Memorial requires the approval of PCCC. Any plant material installed on cemetery grounds without the approval of PCCC may be removed without notice.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or by phone at (352) 317-7307.