The cemetery and arboretum are open daily for self-guided tours. Joggers, dog walkers, bicyclists and birders are all welcome to enjoy its nearly 200 acres of natural beauty which include 2,600 majestic trees comprised of over 100 different species. The grounds are a resource for the living, where visitors can enjoy a peaceful lake, soothing fountains, and glimpses of wildlife.
Milwaukee’s First Accredited Arboretum
Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum was designated as Milwaukee’s first accredited arboretum in 2021. This serves as a reminder that the location, which was designed by Increase A. Lapham, Wisconsin’s first naturalist, was originally intended to be a park. Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum received accreditation as a Level II arboretum from ArbNet. This means that the cemetery has met the requirements of having over 100 labeled trees, paid management, public access and enhanced educational programs. Other arboreta exist in Milwaukee already, but this is the first to receive official accreditation.