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Historic Linden Grove Cemetery Receives Honors

Historic Linden Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Covington received two important distinctions recently.

It was awarded a Level I Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed to be 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. Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & 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.

“Over the past 10 years, we have worked diligently to establish a tree maintenance program to address the culture of existing trees while making new additions to our collections. We are very delighted to have received this accreditation,” said Rick Ludlum, Chairman of the Board of Overseers of Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. “Visitors will find the unique natural beauty and educational experience enriching and memorable.”

Linden Grove’s most notable tree is a 275-year old White Oak (Quercus alba) which has overseen all of Linden Grove’s 22,000 burials. Many existing large trees and newer additions make up a collection of 350, of which 120 are different species, varieties and cultivars of trees and large shrubs. Nineteen ash trees are currently being treated against the Emerald Ash Borer.

The historic cemetery has ramped up its efforts in recent years to renovate and preserve itself as an important green space in Covington. Linden Grove has hosted operas and theater performances, and is the host of various memorial and military parade programs. The cemetery hosts thousands of visitors each year.

Linden Grove is a still-active cemetery situated on 22.3 acres in the heart of the City of Covington’s urban core. It was officially consecrated as a cemetery on September 11, 1843 on land originally owned by the Western Baptist Theological Institute. Linden Grove was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

-Staff report

Photo: Linden Grove Cemetery (RCN file)