Decoration of Lots and Burial Spaces
In order to provide a clean and a more easily maintained facility, the Cemetery Manager or assignee will biannually remove all decorations not securely placed on headstone foundations. The removal periods are the month of February and the month of September (post Labor Day). Temporary headstone markers more than one year old and decorations of all type, regardless of condition, will be removed during these periods. Items may be retained (for no more than one month) if they have perceived value, for return to the family.
Manager In Charge Of Planting
The Cemetery Manager has authority in the planting of all trees, shrubs, plants and grass ornamentation of the Cemetery. The Manager shall encourage the additional planting of same by lot owners but only with permission from and at Cemetery staff’s direction. It will be left to the Manager’s discretion as to what can be planted and where it can be planted. Random placement has detrimental effect on grounds maintenance.
Planting of trees on lots or burial spaces is not permitted. The placing of rocks, borders, or decorative materials around trees is prohibited.
Planting Of Live Flowers
Live flowers may be planted or cultivated on a lot or burial space only with approval of the Cemetery Manager and at Cemetery staff’s discretion. All plantings shall be located within twelve (12) inches of the front of a memorial or in an approved vase. No planting which exceeds the boundaries of the lot or burial space shall be permitted and may be removed without notice by the Cemetery Manager. The City will not be responsible for damage or provide additional care to anything planted. Planting in the Cremation Garden is strictly prohibited.
Decorations Placed On, Around or Beneath Benches
Decorations placed on, around or beneath benches, trees, and shrubs is not permitted.
Decoration of Plots and Areas with No Burials
Decoration of plots and areas containing no burial or behind memorials is not permitted.
Decorations will be removed by cemetery crews in their sole discretion, guidelines for removal are when they become dead, faded, broken or anything of a similar nature (particularly artificial flowers). Decorations will be returned to the owners only if prior arrangements have been made at the cemetery office. Christmas decorations will be permitted from December 1st through February 1st, at which time they shall be removed by the Cemetery Manager or his assignees.
The Cemetery Manager shall at his discretion and without notice remove decorations from any plot which may create a safety hazard or cause additional maintenance burdens. This shall apply particularly to multiple decorations placed on a grave site.
One metal (shepherd) hook shall be permitted per plot in the upright sections in lieu of any other decorations or plantings. It must not exceed 5′ in height and contain no more than one flower basket. Attachment of any other item to the hook is not permitted. Hooks of any kind are prohibited in “flat marker only” areas.
If you have a special occasion (such as a birth date) during the specified clean up periods and wish to decorate plots, please speak directly with Cemetery staff for special consideration.
Flower pots over 10″ in diameter or decorations which kill the grass on any portion of the plot are not permitted and may be removed without notice.
Certain Ornaments Prohibited
The placing of boxes, shells, stones, boulders, toys, metal designs, ornaments, statues, lights, pinwheels, chairs, settees, unattached vases, glass, urns, fences, wood, metal cases or decorations “on a stick” and similar articles upon lots or burial spaces is not permitted. All such items must be placed securely on the headstone foundations.
Chimes or any other decoration making nose are not permitted.
Any tree, shrub, plant, bench, or other item donated to or planted in the Cemetery becomes the property of the City and shall be subject to these rules and regulations.
Benches donated to the Cemetery must be constructed of monument grade granite or marble approved by the Cemetery Manager. Benches are permitted only along roadways with adequate spacing as designated by the Cemetery Manager.
Fences, railings, curbs, hedges and other bordering of lots or burial spaces are not allowed. Only flowers, vases containing flowers, wreaths, approved flags and other temporary decorations shall be permitted. Decorations attached to trees or shrubs shall not be permitted and will be removed by the Cemetery Manager without notice.
Tree and Shrub Removal
If any tree, shrub, bush, plant, or flowers growing on any lot or burial space shall become detrimental, in the sole discretion of the Cemetery Manager, to adjacent lots or burial spaces, walkways or roads or in any way interfere with the general design of the Cemetery, they will be removed without notice and the City of Golden will not be responsible.
Right to Regulate
The City reserves the right to regulate the method of decorating plots and the right to regulate decoration so that ease of maintenance and a uniform beauty may be maintained.
A temporary marker will be provided by the cemetery and placed immediately following a burial. This marker will remain at the grave site for one year.