Arboretum

The Arboretum at Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn Cemetery was founded in 1865, and as such, we are proud to have a collection of mature trees gracing our grounds. These trees are uncommonly special, as many of them are free-growing. We have been officially recognized and certified as an arboretum by the Morton Registry of Arboreta, the national benchmark for certification. We are proud to offer walking tours that will allow interested visitors to view some of the more significant specimens.
The Arboretum Walking Tour

Many of our trees have been tagged with botanical information signage. We have sequentially numbered these trees, and their locations are carefully marked on the maps available at our front office. The tour starts with a beautiful flowering dogwood (cornus florida), situated just inside the main gate.
This tour encompasses about twenty trees and is mostly concentrated in the older part of the cemetery. As you walk through the grounds, not only will you have the option to view beautiful mature trees, but you will also be able to view the final resting places and plots of some of Fairfield’s most prominent families — the people who made our community what it is today.

You can start our self-guided tour here.  You can also take the opportunity after the tour to visit our recently-constructed Veterans Memorial Plaza.

If you have any questions about our arboretum, the tour, or the Veterans Memorial Plaza, please call us at (203) 307-5854 or (203) 292-1277.
Spring Bird Walk & Tree Tour
Saturday May 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. 
The Oak Lawn Cemetery Association will host a guided bird walk on its historic grounds on Saturday, May 20 at 8:00 a.m. This tour will once again be conducted by the team of Milan Bull, a bird expert from the Connecticut Audubon Society and our arborist, Don Parrott, from Connecticut Arborists. 
Please join us as we walk Oak Lawn’s winding roadways bordering its wetlands, nature preserves and the banks of the Mill River. 

Photos of Birds Seen at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Courtesy of @BirdBoyNYC
The tour will be designed to identify local as well as migratory birds in the area and species of trees that make up their habitat. After your birding experience you are welcome to continue with a self-guided audio walking tree tour of our arboretum which also provides information about some of Fairfield’s historically important citizens and their contributions to Fairfield’s development. This event, open to the public, will meet at the cemetery office located just inside the entrance gate at 1530 Bronson Road in Fairfield.

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