On June 16, 2014, cottelpg from Hamilton, OH wrote:
Spring Grove is a national treasure. The extensive grounds are meticulously maintained by a staff of knowledgeable, professional horticulturists. There are several Ohio Champion trees on the property which are clearly marked on maps available at the visitor's center. Check out the stand of Yellow Buckeyes, which Michael Dirr states is the finest to be found anywhere. The oldest plant on the property is an immense white oak, which can take your breath away.
I am a Master Gardener volunteer at Spring Grove and every time I enter the property I am struck by its beauty. The people there are friendly and will go out of the way to answer your questions. I could go on and on. Spring Grove is most definitely worth a visit.
On March 26, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY wrote:
For those interested in plants, history, architecture, and design, one could do worse than hopping off I-75 in Cincinnati at exit 6. A couple blocks away (actually highly visible from the interstate) is a 700+ acre treasure that waits quietly for your visit.
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum was established in 1845, with the mission:
"They sought to acquire enough land to be used for funerary purposes into the indefinite future, which could be embellished with shrubbery, flowers, trees, walks, and rural ornaments."
I think they hit the mark.
Spring Grove, in addition to being a fine cemetery for this community, has come to be known as an exceptional collection of centenarian plants and national/state champions for many species. The landscape management is second to none, and it is a place I visited often since 1985 to learn about plants and endeavored to replicate the quality of care.
To answer questions like "will it grow here?", one could do worse than tour through this type institution. This is said about Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum:
"Only a place with a heart and soul could make for its dead a more magnificent park than any which exists for the living."