Arboretum Of Trees

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Beneath the trees of Forest Home lies the foundation of Milwaukee!

                                                                         -- John Gurda

And John Gurda would know as he wrote "Silent City" a book about Forest Home as it celebrated it's 150 Anniversary in 2000. Forest Home was aptly named for all the trees that the cemetery was developed around.  Initially, the roads within the cemetery were named for trees found on the site: Oak, Poplar, Walnut, Locust, Hickory, Fir, Chestnut, Elm, and Evergreen. In 1895 Forest Home purchased and planted 200 Elms, 200 Sugar Maples, 200 Silver Maple, 200 Ash Leaf Maples (box elders), and 200 Basswoods. The cemetery's managers showed a definite preference for native species.

Today, our trees are over a century old and their life spans are coming to an end. Each year we lose 30-40 trees and need to remove them from the property. To this end, we have started our Forest Restoration Program that for every tree that comes down, we plant a new one. It takes $500 to purchase the tree, plant it, water, and nurture it to make sure that its roots take hold.  

Any monetary assistance you can provide is appreciated in order to keep the beautiful tree canopy here at Forest Home.

Arboretum Of Trees Forest Home Cemetery Donation