West Laurel Hill is known for its historic landscape and beautiful collection of mature trees and specimen shrubs. From the earliest years of West Laurel Hill, the arboretum has been a vital component of the Cemetery’s beauty. The Cemetery’s founder, John Jay Smith, devoted much of his time to supervising the arboretum, as he was extremely knowledgeable and interested in horticulture and landscape gardening.
Today, West Laurel Hill is still known for its variety and examples of unique trees and shrubbery. The harmonious blending of form and color enhance the already rich effect of the planting. The Cemetery employs an arborist who carefully selects and maintains a diverse collection of trees and flowers to benefit wildlife and enhance the natural beauty of the grounds. Diversification ensures the Cemetery’s status as an arboretum, and a leader in sustainable landscape management.
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.
You can view more images of our arboretum here.
Identifying trees at West Laurel Hill Cemetery:
Each tree has a small metal tag with a number it it. This number is correlated with its record in our database, a PDF of which can be downloaded here: West Laurel Hill Cemetery Tree List.
To learn more about the arboretum, email us at [email protected] or call our office at (610) 668-9900.