Wildflowers in the Broadway Cemeteries, Galveston

Wildflowers in Galveston graveyard

I was prompted to share these pictures, taken two years ago in Galveston’s wildflower cemeteries by reading Shoreacre’s fascinating post about them.

Evergreen cemetery Galveston

Wildflowers including coreopsis and galliarda

The wildflowers are mainly Coreopsis, Galliarda and a smattering of daisies; their seedheads are equally decorative, though less colourful.

Stone angel (close up)

Some of the monuments are as beautiful as the wildflowers and they include several stone angels which are often the most memorable ones for me. The picture above shows the angel’s expression and you can just make out the wings in the picture below:

Stone angel and cross in Galveston's cemetery

Wildflowers in Broadway Cemetery Galveston

A century plant was flowering when we were there. I looked to see if I had a picture of the whole plant – the best was this, as dusk fell:

Galveston's Evergreen Cemetery at dusk

Instead of writing more about what I thought as a traveller, I’ll refer you to Shoreacres (Linda Leinen) and her blog, Lagniappe. Please click here to visit her post.

I can’t share pictures of this beautiful resting place without thinking of those whose lives have been tragically cut short by the pandemic, over 350,000 worldwide, their families and friends, the essential workers, and everyone who is doing their best to shelter themselves and others.

26 Replies to “Wildflowers in the Broadway Cemeteries, Galveston”

  1. Some of my husband’s ancestors lived in Rockport, also on the Texas coast, and are buried in the cemetery there. We were there during wildflower season one year and visited the cemetery, which was beautiful with the informal scattering of flowers. We found the grave of one of his ancestor’s, born in about 1778, who served in the War of 1812! That’s on old cemetery for the U.S.! It was fascinating. (The relative had the wonderful name of Marmaduke Box!)

    1. I made a point of visiting the Rockport cemetery this year and last; it is gorgeous. There are some War of 1812 graves in these cemeteries, too, but I didn’t find any names as evocative as Marmaduke Box!

  2. These are such evocative images! I especially love the ones with the clouds that are the same color as the stones; the flowers in between those two stone greys are all the more eloquent. And you are so right to remember the deaths we are awash in now.

    Of course I followed the link to shoreacres. Thanks for that!

  3. Lovely wildflowers. I think all cemeteries should be wildflower meadow

    1. What a wonderful idea! The wildflowers in this cemetery are marvellous. 🙂

  4. I love that you got to see a century plant blooming. I’ve never seen that there. It’s fun to know the place so well that I can look at your photos, recognize several sights, and know where you were standing to take the photo. And isn’t it interesting, how different people frame the same objects? We both focused on the cross draped with Mardi Gras beads, but from different perspectives and different results. Such fun! I’m so glad you posted these photos, too; I really enjoyed them.

    1. We could almost have been standing side by side in some of them, couldn’t we? It always intrigues me how my sweetheart’s pictures are different from mine, even though we are taking them together. He often has a better way of seeing than I do, but he doesn’t share his unless he’s using them for something.

  5. What a place! Those wild flowers are dazzling. In the U.S. over 100,000 people have died. Out of a worldwide count of 350,000. So sad.

    1. I agree. I’d like wildflowers to be growing along every roadside too. We have seen more of them where I live during lockdown – it’s amazing how quickly they spring up given half a chance – but now things are relaxing, the mowers are out.

  6. That cemetery seems to be full of those pushing up daisies.
    It is very interesting that there are California fan palms, Washingtonia filifera, in Galveston. They do not like humidity.

    1. My sweetheart says any time he explains that a plant won’t grow well somewhere, someone puts up their hand and says they’ve grown it for years.

      1. I notice that in English gardens. Several plants that are native to chaparral climates here do remarkably well in England, even though I would not expect them to. If someone were to ask me, I would tell them otherwise.

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