Reflect on the fall splendor of 2020 with this video from Mitchell Smith, a local videographer who loves the Cemetery:

Laurel Hill Cemetery from mediasmith on Vimeo.

Established in 1836 as the second garden-designed cemetery in the United States, Laurel Hill is now the nation’s first National Historic Landmark cemetery. John Jay Smith, the site’s founding visionary, had planned for Laurel Hill to be a school of instruction in architecture, culture, landscape gardening, arboriculture and botany. By 1844, Smith had planted 2,400 trees on the cemetery’s initial 32-acre tract. His horticultural efforts were admired by the leading landscape gardeners of the time. In 1849, Andrew Jackson Downing wrote in The Horticulturalist, “Laurel Hill is especially rich in rare trees… it is a better arboretum than can easily be found elsewhere in the country.”

Incorporated in 1836 and 1869 respectively, historic Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries are non-profit, non-denominational cemeteries that combine to create a 265-acre arboretum and outdoor sculpture garden rich in cultural and social history. Both Cemeteries are certified as a Level II ArbNet Accredited Arboretum, as well as members of America’s Garden Capital.

Identifying trees at Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries

We are excited to now utilize TreeKeeper as our plant collection management platform!

Use the software to learn about and explore our collection on your smart phone or computer here

Need some guidance? Review our introduction to TreeKeeper document here

Each tree in the Arboretum has a small metal tag with a number it it. This number is correlated with its record in our database.

A PDF of Laurel Hill’s tree collection can be downloaded here:

Laurel Hill Cemetery Tree List