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Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is a nationally recognized arboretum

By Angie Hoschouer Manager of development and marketing, Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton was awarded a Level II accreditation in 2018 by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity and professionalism. Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum sits in the heart of downtown Dayton on more than 200 verdant acres of rolling hills with over 3,000 trees on the property. Woodland was founded in 1841 and established by John Van Cleve, who chose the original 40-acre site for its hilltop views and remarkable variety of trees. In 1843 Van Cleve did an inventory of the trees on the property and found 41 different species. In the early years special care was taken to preserve the finest specimens of trees and shrubs to retain the natural beauty of the area.

Most of these tree species are still represented on the grounds and the species list has grown to more than 165. Woodland is best known for its collection of oak trees. Of the 58 species that are native to North America Woodland has 25 varieties. Over the years, Woodland has been the recipient of 10 “State Champion Tree” awards from the Ohio Division of Forestry. Woodland is the only Level II Arboretum in the city of Dayton

Woodland continues to grow its tree population with strategic removal of dying or distressed trees. Removal of such trees allows the undergrowth the opportunity to flourish and to fill in the canopy where needed. The arboretum works closely with Mark Webber, a board certified master arborist, to select and plant trees and shrubs throughout the grounds. Additionally, Woodland was selected by the Ohio Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (OCISA) to hold a series of free educational programs for green-industry professionals at the arboretum through April 2019.

Webber says, “If you like trees and plants that have stood the test of time then a visit to Woodland should be on your calendar. When I first visited Woodland in 1986 I was taken aback by how grand the trees of this place were, by how their branches created a cathedral-like experience. More so, the collections of trees and plants at Woodland are a beautiful living botanical guide for anyone who wants to experience and or learn about plants. However more compelling is how the trees of Woodland play such a significant role in Dayton’s urban core by improving air quality, reducing ozone, having a place of solitude and remembrance, and providing other critical social and environmental services. Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is one of Dayton, Ohio’s, most magnificent jewels of the Gem City.”

You can visit Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum 365 days a year from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.