Our Grounds

In 1845, members of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society created The Cemetery of Spring Grove with the hopes “that the natural setting would be a contemplative atmosphere conducive to consolation, commemoration, and education.”  More than 160 years later, the marvelous grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum would undoubtedly exceed what the founding fathers intended. 

What began as a 200-acre tract of farmland is now a unique 733-acre combination cemetery, park, outdoor museum, and arboretum that welcomes visitors and guests to experience over 44 miles of winding roads, 15 serene lakes, a 10-acre woodland preserve, and an amazing collection of architecture, sculpture, and horticulture. 

Serving as a living horticultural laboratory, Spring Grove’s Arboretum boasts a remarkable 1,200 species with over 1,000 labeled for study and research purposes for universities, nurseries, and growers. The Arboretum is dedicated to the protection and stewardship of the cemetery’s heritage and to the promotion of environmental sustainability while increasing the beauty of the garden.

Visitors may also enjoy over 140 labeled trees and shrubs at another beautifully maintained historic property founded in 1910, Oak Hill Cemetery. Managed by Spring Grove since 1989, Oak Hill is located in the quaint village of Glendale, Ohio. 

Serenity, beauty, history, heritage ― just a few of the reasons why hundreds of thousands of visitors from near and far enter through the gates of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum and Oak Hill Cemetery each year, and why so many return again and again.

Whether you visit to attend a service, place flowers to honor your loved one, participate in an educational tour, attend one of our many family events, celebrate a wedding in our historic Norman Chapel, or simply just stroll through our world class arboretum to commune with nature, you will certainly discover what makes Spring Grove a special destination and a national treasure.

The Spring Grove Family of Companies – we honor the past, serve the present, and educate the future.

Obituaries

Nellie Varner, 101
Born: Tuesday, June 04, 1918
Died: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Carolyn Louise Eckerle, 86
Born: Wednesday, July 12, 1933
Died: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Delores Miller, 86
Born: Friday, February 02, 1934
Died: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Martha Roser, 88
Born: Thursday, December 24, 1931
Died: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Glenna Lazan, 67
Born: Sunday, March 23, 1952
Died: Sunday, March 22, 2020

Upcoming Events

Apr 12CANCELED - Easter Sunrise Service / Spring Grove
Apr 12CANCELED - Easter Sunrise Service / Oak Hill
Apr 16 - Apr 16Canceled - Twilight Tour / April
Apr 19Canceled - Matt's 5K Pursuit
Apr 21Canceled - Spring Grove Grief to Peace / May
Apr 23Canceled - Ohio Native Plants Seminar
Apr 25Canceled - Arbor Day Walking Tour
Apr 26Canceled - Splash of Spring Walking Tours
Apr 28Canceled - Tri County Grief to Peace / May
May 02Canceled - Early Morning Bird Walk