Embark on a crisp, moonlit stroll through Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum this month, led by local horticulturalist Dave Gressley.
The free walk begins at 6 p.m., Feb. 25 on the front lawn of the cemetery’s Historic Office, just inside the main gates at Spring Grove.
Guests are required to wear a mask and to let organizers know of plans to attend by registering for their party.
Dave Gressley, director of horticulture at Spring Grove, will guide visitors on the peaceful, moonlit path that evening.
“With a little luck, nature will supply the snow and a clear night,” says Spring Grove's Facebook event page.
Spring Grove was founded in 1845 and is one of the largest non-profit cemeteries in the U.S. It is well-known for its beautiful “lawn plan” designed by Adolf Strauch, a landscape architect from Prussia. Strauch’s vision for Spring Grove was unconventional at the time, but has since been called a major example of an American rural cemetery.
Strauch wanted the cemetery to flow with nature. “He re-routed roads to follow the natural shapes of Spring Grove's hills and valleys,” the Spring Grove website states. “He built lakes, islands, footbridges, protected woodland areas, and brought hundreds of trees and plants from other parts of the world.”
Spring Grove Cemetery is sandwiched between Northside and Winton Hills at 4521 Spring Grove Avenue.