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Australian Cemetery Named 2013 American Cemetery Excellence Winner

WALL, N.J. – American Cemetery magazine recently announced that Springvale Botanical Cemetery in Australia is the winner of its third annual American Cemetery Excellence (ACE) Award.

Springvale Botanical Cemetery has come a long way from a once isolated and impoverished rural cemetery, served by a poorly patronized mortuary train. Located 19 miles from Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, Australia, Springvale spans 422 acres and is arguably Australia’s most beautiful memorial park. Home to more than 80,000 established trees, sweeping lawns, landscaped gardens and cascading water features, this botanical cemetery provides many beautiful ways to honor and celebrate life.

Springvale, the first international winner, was chosen from dozens of worthy submissions. Judging criteria included community involvement, grounds maintenance, innovation, cemetery performance and exemplary team spirit.

“We received dozens of entries from cemeteries throughout the world – all of them doing great things to serve their communities,” said Thomas A. Parmalee, executive director of Kates-Boylston Publications. “But Springvale stood out in so many ways, and it truly exemplifies that cemeteries can continue to be relevant and beautiful – and that they can take steps to improve even after falling upon tough times.”

Jane Grover, chief operating officer of Springvale Botanical Cemetery, said winning the award affirms that the cemetery affirms that it “honors and celebrates the diversity of the communities we serve, with world class services and facilities.” She added, “It further validates our position as an iconic cemetery by world standards, in the good company of America's East Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress Hill Cemetery and indeed, Paris’ Pere Lachaise, Buenos Aires’ La Recoleta and London’s Highgate Cemetery.”

In addition to Springvale being honored as the 2013 ACE award winner, American Cemetery also recognized three runners-up: Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Center Moriches, N.Y.; Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, N.J.; and Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Ind.

An article on the runners-up was published in the November issue of American Cemetery magazine, with the winner being unveiled in a December cover story.

For a copy of the article featuring the winner or the article featuring the runners-up, email Patti Martin Bartsche at

Posted Dec. 13


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