Woodlawn’s Arboretum Collection
Founded in 1863, Woodlawn Cemetery is a forested oasis located in the sprawling metropolis of New York City. For more than 150 years, Woodlawn’s Arboretum has provided New York City families a beautiful place to honor their loved ones. Visiting this 400-acre burial ground lets you get up close to over 6,300 trees representing more than 420 unique species. Families visiting the Arboretum can use maps, guides, and even an app to learn more about all the natural beauty to see.
Types of Trees at the Arboretum
Trees you might catch at the Arboretum include dogwoods, beeches, magnolias, and Japanese maples. A weeping beech tree canopies a classical mausoleum in the Jay Gould Lot. When you visit the Arboretum, you can learn the age and origin of these trees along with other fascinating details. Visitors can even take a self-guided tour through our grounds, which allows them to spend as long as they’d like admiring the green specimens. The trees in the Arboretum’s collection enhance the beauty of the cemetery’s garden areas and decorative monuments.
How to Tour the Arboretum Collection
Visitors to the Arboretum can experience its impressive collection by on foot or by car. If you choose to drive through the cemetery, be sure to follow traffic regulations and look out for pedestrians on walking paths. Start and stop your tour from wherever you’d like. We encourage visitors to be respectful of those who are honoring their loved ones.
When to Visit the Arboretum Collection
We welcome families to visit our Arboretum all year-round. Spring and early summer are two of the best times to visit the Arboretum as trees are at full bloom. If you prefer to see the autumn colors on display, head to Woodlawn during October and November. Many New York City locals and tourists come to the Arboretum to take a peaceful walk or to spend a pleasant afternoon in nature.
If you’d like to learn more about the Arboretum at Woodlawn or sign up for a guided tour, contact our staff today. We are happy to share tour information or details about our available burial options.