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Cincinnati Conifer Weekend

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum - Cincinnati, OH

Spring Grove Arboretum
Spring Grove Arboretum


An event of the Central Region of the American Conifer Society for members & their guests, hosted by members of the CR in the Greater Cincinnati area.

 Even though this is officially only one day, we hope that you will come and visit for a three-day weekend. The focus is Saturday, September 26th. The tentative schedule:

9:00 AM – meet at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45232 in their historic office meeting hall just to your right as you come in the main entry on Spring Grove Ave. (across from the administration building). The program is in two parts:

  1. A brief recap of the July CR summer meeting in Green Bay WI. For those who missed it, or have never been to a regional meeting here’s your chance to get a glimpse of what occurred and the gardens that were shown.
  2. We board the tram for a tour of the grounds, visiting all the known witch’s brooms of the bone orchard and an update on what plants are now being propagated from these brooms. Water and snacks will be available. LUNCH – we are working on specifics, TBA.

1-4 PM

Visit these locations on your own in central and eastern Cincinnati in the afternoon, or on Friday or Sunday:

Mt. Airy Arboretum – in the nearby (to Spring Grove) Mt. Airy Forest just a couple of miles away from SG are 1459 acres of urban woods including the arboretum collections just to the right as you come in the main entrance off 5083 Colerain Ave., 45223 (Possible Friday or Sunday stop)

Ault Park – 3600 Observatory Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208 and Alms Park – 711 Alms Park Lane, Cinti., OH 45226. Both of these well-maintained city parks have terrific overlooks and architectural elements worth visiting, not to mention the gardens associated with both of them. The next two stops listed here are really close, too! (Possible Friday or Sunday stop)

Gene & Beverly Bare, 633 Rushton Ave., 45226 (Mt. Lookout area) a small personal garden with a great collection of plants and some surprises thrown in. Open until 4:15 so they can make the evening festivities. (Only open on Saturday)

The famous Terry Brown “Mushroom House”, 3331 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208. Probably one of the smallest gardens ever offered in an ACS tour, but it’s the house that counts! It is one of the most unusual residences in the world and is currently having its landscape completely redone by none other than Chris Daeger. Note the unusual little rock garden. You can learn more later on in the day as we are sure you WILL have questions. Just drive by or park and look around as you have permission to view this corner lot from the sidewalks. Chances are you will see others doing the same as it is constantly being photographed and “selfied”. (Viewable any day)

Other possible gardens are in the works. Details and maps will be forwarded to registrants as they become available.

4 PM – Silent auction begins at the Daeger’s house!

5PM – Dinner at the home of Becky & Chris Daeger, 4183 St. Rt. 276, Batavia, OH 45103. We are serving BBQ pulled pork and chicken complete with fixin’s and sides, with Graeter’s Ice Cream for dessert. BYOB is suggested for those who wish to loosen up before the auction. The gardens will be open as well as the nursery and hopefully some semblance of “Zax Rox”, a rock, mineral, and fossil shop currently under construction in part of the barn.

We will top it all off with a live plant auction with the proceeds going to the CR treasury. There will be some one of a kind plants for this event. The fire pit will be lit afterwards and let the stories be told….adjournment time yet to be determined; who cares?

Please contact Byron Baxter or Chris Daeger for more information. We wish to invite any of your friends to this weekend as a great way to introduce them to the ACS.

The Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum, 4600 Muchmore Rd., Indian Hill, OH (Cincinnati) 45243. Since it is an official Conifer Reference Garden, you can visit it all day long, or between 7 AM and 3:30 PM on Friday if you wish to touch base with Chris Daeger, Arboretum Manager.

Sunday only stop: B.C. Nursery, noon – 6 PM. If you care to return.

Friday or Sunday stop – Byron & Nancy Baxter’s Gardens & Dendrological Sales headquarters, meaning there are neat plants to be seen or had. 1322 Boat Run Ln., New Richmond, OH 45157. 513-553-6900

Sunday stop – Marvin Collins & Dean Colville, 6647 Hitchingpost Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

You may want to add a few of your own from the ACS directory; just call and make arrangements with your fellow ACS CR members. Copies of the 2013 list is available; email

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