Columbia Gardens Cemetery

Columbia Gardens Cemetery Founded in 1917, Columbia Gardens, family operated through four generations, has served Northern Virginia and the surrounding area with compassionate care for over a century.
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Columbia Gardens, family operated through four generations, has served Northern Virginia and the surrounding area with compassionate care for a century. Located in the heart of Arlington, Virginia, Columbia Gardens is a shrine of perpetual beauty featuring 38 acres of rolling hills and mature trees. It's the only public cemetery in Arlington with upright monuments.

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Celebrating 245 years of freedom and counting.  Happy Birthday, America!
07/03/2021

Celebrating 245 years of freedom and counting. Happy Birthday, America!

Celebrating 245 years of freedom and counting. Happy Birthday, America!

As we do every Memorial Day, our family and staff place American flags on the grave sites of more than 1,000 veterans at...
05/30/2021

As we do every Memorial Day, our family and staff place American flags on the grave sites of more than 1,000 veterans at Columbia Gardens Cemetery. This important tradition extends back over many generations during our 104-year history. It is a privilege to honor the men and women who have served our country and remember their sacrifice.

As we do every Memorial Day, our family and staff place American flags on the grave sites of more than 1,000 veterans at Columbia Gardens Cemetery. This important tradition extends back over many generations during our 104-year history. It is a privilege to honor the men and women who have served our country and remember their sacrifice.

Learn how to take outstanding rose photos from Arlington Rose Foundation (ARF) experts.  The Memorial Rose Garden at Col...
05/21/2021

Learn how to take outstanding rose photos from Arlington Rose Foundation (ARF) experts. The Memorial Rose Garden at Columbia Gardens Cemetery will be a beautiful, fragrant setting for the 40-minute instruction class, followed by personal guidance to help you capture the beauty of our 180 rose bushes. Bring your smart phone, professional camera and even a tripod if you like. Please wear garden shoes. This ARF-sponsored event is free to ARF members; non-members $15. Questions? Email [email protected].

Learn how to take outstanding rose photos from Arlington Rose Foundation (ARF) experts. The Memorial Rose Garden at Columbia Gardens Cemetery will be a beautiful, fragrant setting for the 40-minute instruction class, followed by personal guidance to help you capture the beauty of our 180 rose bushes. Bring your smart phone, professional camera and even a tripod if you like. Please wear garden shoes. This ARF-sponsored event is free to ARF members; non-members $15. Questions? Email [email protected].

A rose bush is not only beautiful, but can be a long-lasting, living tribute to the memory of a loved one. We invite you...
05/07/2021

A rose bush is not only beautiful, but can be a long-lasting, living tribute to the memory of a loved one. We invite you to select one of the 200 rose bushes in our Memorial Rose Garden — like this gorgeous Julia Child rose — or work with our rosarian to choose a new bush to plant. Your rose bush will have a placard with your loved one’s name and a QR code that links to your tribute of their life. We welcome you to host a gathering on the day the rose is dedicated. To learn more about a Rose Tribute, contact our office.

A rose bush is not only beautiful, but can be a long-lasting, living tribute to the memory of a loved one. We invite you to select one of the 200 rose bushes in our Memorial Rose Garden — like this gorgeous Julia Child rose — or work with our rosarian to choose a new bush to plant. Your rose bush will have a placard with your loved one’s name and a QR code that links to your tribute of their life. We welcome you to host a gathering on the day the rose is dedicated. To learn more about a Rose Tribute, contact our office.

Moving Day, Part 2Things are moving at Columbia Gardens! First, it was moving and saving trees.  This week it’s moving “...
04/30/2021

Moving Day, Part 2
Things are moving at Columbia Gardens! First, it was moving and saving trees. This week it’s moving “Ruth’s Barn” to a more convenient location on our grounds, which was built in the late 60’s by Ned Thomas, Sr. to house landscaping tools and supplies. Named after Ruth Nordenbeck, the much-beloved caretaker for the cemetery from 1970 to 2005, the barn will get a new coat of paint and a new role. Coming soon ~ Ruth’s Barn will be used for flower arranging classes at the cemetery.

Moving Day, Part 2
Things are moving at Columbia Gardens! First, it was moving and saving trees. This week it’s moving “Ruth’s Barn” to a more convenient location on our grounds, which was built in the late 60’s by Ned Thomas, Sr. to house landscaping tools and supplies. Named after Ruth Nordenbeck, the much-beloved caretaker for the cemetery from 1970 to 2005, the barn will get a new coat of paint and a new role. Coming soon ~ Ruth’s Barn will be used for flower arranging classes at the cemetery.

It’s "moving day" at Columbia Gardens!  Moving of trees, that is. Tree experts helped us move several flowering cherry t...
04/10/2021

It’s "moving day" at Columbia Gardens! Moving of trees, that is. Tree experts helped us move several flowering cherry trees, holly trees and this 50’ tall Leland cedar to better locations where they will be able to grow and thrive. It’s a big job, with root systems extending 5-6’ deep. Moving and saving trees is good for the environment and it’s something we do regularly here at Columbia Gardens. We are proud to have received national Arboretum status based on the care of our grounds, preservation of our trees and management of our environment.

It’s "moving day" at Columbia Gardens! Moving of trees, that is. Tree experts helped us move several flowering cherry trees, holly trees and this 50’ tall Leland cedar to better locations where they will be able to grow and thrive. It’s a big job, with root systems extending 5-6’ deep. Moving and saving trees is good for the environment and it’s something we do regularly here at Columbia Gardens. We are proud to have received national Arboretum status based on the care of our grounds, preservation of our trees and management of our environment.

Spring has sprung at Columbia Gardens! We hope you'll enjoy the warmer weather exploring our grounds with Agent Tom S. F...
03/24/2021

Spring has sprung at Columbia Gardens! We hope you'll enjoy the warmer weather exploring our grounds with Agent Tom S. Fox! Download Agents of Discovery for free at the Apple Store and Google Play.

1. Join Agents of Discovery, the not-so-secret, secret agency dedicated to learning and playing outdoors to solve Challenges.

2. To get started, download the FREE game and Columbia Gardens Cemetery Mission to your mobile device. After downloading the app, visit Columbia Gardens Mission.

3. This game will help you discover Columbia Gardens Cemetery—use the hints and clues from your surroundings to solve mysteries of nature, culture, and technology.

Spring has sprung at Columbia Gardens! We hope you'll enjoy the warmer weather exploring our grounds with Agent Tom S. Fox! Download Agents of Discovery for free at the Apple Store and Google Play.

1. Join Agents of Discovery, the not-so-secret, secret agency dedicated to learning and playing outdoors to solve Challenges.

2. To get started, download the FREE game and Columbia Gardens Cemetery Mission to your mobile device. After downloading the app, visit Columbia Gardens Mission.

3. This game will help you discover Columbia Gardens Cemetery—use the hints and clues from your surroundings to solve mysteries of nature, culture, and technology.

Do you recognize Rose, the centerpiece of our Memorial Rose Garden?  She looks quite different, sporting a cape of snow ...
02/06/2021

Do you recognize Rose, the centerpiece of our Memorial Rose Garden? She looks quite different, sporting a cape of snow in the first major snowfall we’ve had in two years. It won’t be too long before she’s surrounded by beautiful roses once again.

Do you recognize Rose, the centerpiece of our Memorial Rose Garden? She looks quite different, sporting a cape of snow in the first major snowfall we’ve had in two years. It won’t be too long before she’s surrounded by beautiful roses once again.

Our office is closed in honor of Inauguration Day.  We will resume regular hours on Thursday. Thank you.
01/20/2021

Our office is closed in honor of Inauguration Day. We will resume regular hours on Thursday. Thank you.

Our office is closed in honor of Inauguration Day. We will resume regular hours on Thursday. Thank you.

On Saturday, January 9, please volunteer to help us remove wreaths placed on veterans’ grave sites on Wreaths Across Ame...
01/05/2021

On Saturday, January 9, please volunteer to help us remove wreaths placed on veterans’ grave sites on Wreaths Across America Day. Wreath clean-up will be from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Mask-wearing and social distancing practices will be followed. Let us know if you will come. Call 703.527.1235 or email [email protected].

On Saturday, January 9, please volunteer to help us remove wreaths placed on veterans’ grave sites on Wreaths Across America Day. Wreath clean-up will be from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Mask-wearing and social distancing practices will be followed. Let us know if you will come. Call 703.527.1235 or email [email protected].

Thanks to our many volunteers and supporters who made our 2nd Wreaths Across America Day such a success! On December 19,...
01/01/2021

Thanks to our many volunteers and supporters who made our 2nd Wreaths Across America Day such a success! On December 19, more than 250 volunteers, wearing masks and practicing social distancing, paid tribute to veterans. Special shout-out to the Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, DAR members, Assist Goals members, Yorktown High School National Honor Society members, Notre Dame Alumnae Association and all the community members who came out to Remember, Honor and Teach by laying wreaths on veterans’ graves in Columbia Gardens Cemetery. On Saturday, January 9, please volunteer to help us pick up wreaths from 9:00 — 11:00 am. Call 703.527.1235 or email us at [email protected].

Thanks to our many volunteers and supporters who made our 2nd Wreaths Across America Day such a success! On December 19, more than 250 volunteers, wearing masks and practicing social distancing, paid tribute to veterans. Special shout-out to the Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, DAR members, Assist Goals members, Yorktown High School National Honor Society members, Notre Dame Alumnae Association and all the community members who came out to Remember, Honor and Teach by laying wreaths on veterans’ graves in Columbia Gardens Cemetery. On Saturday, January 9, please volunteer to help us pick up wreaths from 9:00 — 11:00 am. Call 703.527.1235 or email us at [email protected].

Join us for Wreaths Across America Day, 9-11AM Saturday, December 19, at Columbia Gardens to place wreaths at the grave ...
12/12/2020

Join us for Wreaths Across America Day, 9-11AM Saturday, December 19, at Columbia Gardens to place wreaths at the grave sites of more than 750 veterans. We are taking extra steps to keep our volunteers safe, including social distancing, staggering times for wreath laying, and wearing masks and gloves. Please let us know if you will come. Call 703.527.1235 or email [email protected].

Every day, and especially on this Veterans Day, we remember and honor the more than 750 veterans whose final resting pla...
11/11/2020

Every day, and especially on this Veterans Day, we remember and honor the more than 750 veterans whose final resting place is Columbia Gardens Cemetery.

Columbia Gardens Cemetery's cover photo
11/09/2020

Columbia Gardens Cemetery's cover photo

How can you support our 2nd Wreaths Across America Day at Columbia Gardens Cemetery? 🇺🇸 Sponsor the purchase of Remembra...
11/09/2020

How can you support our 2nd Wreaths Across America Day at Columbia Gardens Cemetery? 🇺🇸 Sponsor the purchase of Remembrance wreaths. Please order by November 30. 🇺🇸 Volunteer to place wreaths at the grave sites of more than 750 veterans at the cemetery on December 19. 🇺🇸 Invite friends to help. Visit columbiagardenscemtery.org.

The Arlington Rose Foundation Rose Auction and Rooting Workshop has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2:00 — 4:30...
10/15/2020

The Arlington Rose Foundation Rose Auction and Rooting Workshop has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2:00 — 4:30 pm, in the Columbia Gardens Memorial Rose Garden. Please join us to bid on rose bushes and attend a workshop on how to grow roses from cuttings. ARF members: free. Non-members: $15. Visit arlingtonrose.org for details.

Recently, Arlington Rose Foundation (ARF) members attended a tutorial on growing healthy roses in our Memorial Rose Gard...
10/08/2020

Recently, Arlington Rose Foundation (ARF) members attended a tutorial on growing healthy roses in our Memorial Rose Garden. Pam Powers (right), Consulting Rosarian to Columbia Gardens Cemetery, gave tips on soil enrichment, fertilizing, pruning and the types of roses best suited to our climate. Daun Thomas Frankland (left), President, Columbia Gardens Cemetery, explained how the Rose Garden has expanded during the cemetery’s 100+ year history to its current size of more than 170 rose bushes and her future plans to host receptions and weddings in the garden. Attend the Annual ARF Auction & Rooting Workshop, Sunday, October 11, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, in the Rose Garden. ARF members: free. Non-members: $15. Visit arlingtonrose.org for details.

Kline Memorials is installing another beautiful mausoleum at Columbia Gardens Cemetery!
09/14/2020

Kline Memorials is installing another beautiful mausoleum at Columbia Gardens Cemetery!

A Labor Day suggestion – since you have the day off anyway, why not take a stroll through the arboretum at Columbia Gard...
09/07/2020

A Labor Day suggestion – since you have the day off anyway, why not take a stroll through the arboretum at Columbia Gardens Cemetery? Discover the winding pathways that lead through acres of towering trees, many of which are identified with QR codes that provide information about the species, life span and more. Stroll through our Memorial Rose Garden with 200 rose bushes, and see the beautiful plantings in the Cremation Garden. Both have benches to rest from your walk and enjoy a peaceful moment to refresh and renew.

A virtual gathering helps bring family and friends together in a time of need. Columbia Gardens Cemetery offers virtual ...
09/05/2020

A virtual gathering helps bring family and friends together in a time of need. Columbia Gardens Cemetery offers virtual “Zoom” video for burial and cremation services where distance or other circumstances are keeping people apart. Crystal clear video and audio can be shared with literally hundreds of people as they come together to celebrate the life of a loved one. Please contact our office for more information. columbiagardenscemetery.org

During the July 21st virtual meeting of the Arlington County Board, Chair Libby Garvey took time to recognize Columbia G...
08/10/2020

During the July 21st virtual meeting of the Arlington County Board, Chair Libby Garvey took time to recognize Columbia Gardens Cemetery’s national arboretum status. Chair Garvey also noted the cemetery’s long history as part of the Arlington community and that the Thomas family has continuously owned Columbia Gardens since its founding in 1917. This tradition continues today with Daun Thomas Frankland, great-granddaughter of the founder, serving as President of the cemetery. She described Columbia Gardens as a “wonderful asset to the community” and encouraged residents to take a walk to enjoy our lovely grounds.

Our Level I Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum is based on the care of our grounds, preservation of our trees, and management of our environment. We are one of only 33 cemeteries to receive this honor in the U.S.

June 14 was a historic day for Columbia Gardens Cemetery when Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlingt...
07/09/2020

June 14 was a historic day for Columbia Gardens Cemetery when Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, assisted by Father Christopher Christensen, parochial vicar of the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, blessed our beautiful Cremation Garden. We are very proud to receive this honor. The last time Columbia Gardens was honored with a blessing by the Catholic Church was in the1950s when the bishop of the Diocese of Richmond came to bless the cemetery’s Catholic section and the cemetery as a whole.

The Memorial Rose Garden at Columbia Gardens Cemetery was supposed to be the site for a special tea (hats and all) for t...
07/04/2020

The Memorial Rose Garden at Columbia Gardens Cemetery was supposed to be the site for a special tea (hats and all) for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Due to current social distancing restrictions, Daun Thomas Frankland hosted the tea virtually via Zoom, surrounded by nearly 200 rose bushes in the garden. Daun has held a variety of leadership and committee positions with the DAR and Children of the American Revolution (CAR), spanning 40 years. Currently, she is the Regent of the Thomas Nelson Chapter, DAR, in Arlington. On this July 4th, we recognize the DAR and their continued work to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence.
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Arlington Catholic Herald
06/24/2020

Arlington Catholic Herald

This afternoon, Bishop Burbidge, assisted by Father Christensen, blessed the cremation garden of Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington. Read all about the church’s teaching on cremation in the next issue of the paper.

How much water does a rose bush need?Roses are heavy drinkers! For healthy roses this summer, follow these guidelines fr...
06/23/2020

How much water does a rose bush need?

Roses are heavy drinkers! For healthy roses this summer, follow these guidelines from Pam Powers, our Consulting Rosarian:

• To thrive, roses need an average of 4 gallons of water a week in 70-degree temperatures. An inch of rain equals about 3 gallons of water.

• For every 10-degree average above 70 degrees, add another gallon.

• Deep watering twice a week is better than shallow watering daily.

•When planting, test holes for draining and improve clay soil. No plant likes wet feet.

Sean , a member of our summer Dew Crew, shows the correct way to water roses in our Memorial Rose Garden.

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Columbia Gardens is a park-like oasis in the middle of a highly urban setting — as evidenced by our recent visitor.  Thi...
06/15/2020

Columbia Gardens is a park-like oasis in the middle of a highly urban setting — as evidenced by our recent visitor. This sweet deer wandered through our grounds this morning, chewing on our flowers! As a nationally accredited arboretum, we take great pride in preserving our trees, managing our environment and creating a home for a wide variety of wildlife. Learn more about arboretums: http://arbnet.org/morton-register/columbia-gardens-cemetery

Be proud and celebrate Flag Day on Sunday, June 14. Flag Day commemorates the official adoption of the United States fla...
06/12/2020

Be proud and celebrate Flag Day on Sunday, June 14. Flag Day commemorates the official adoption of the United States flag by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The first national observance of Flag Day was on the 100th anniversary of the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 1877. The current flag with 50 stars was flown for the first time on June 14, 1960. Long may our flag wave!

06/05/2020

What are basal breaks?

Basal breaks are the emergence of new canes directly from the base of the plant. (See the reddish canes in the photo). They are very desirable and a sign that the bush is rejuvenating itself with new canes that will replace older, worn out canes. “Your rose bushes are thriving when you see basal breaks!” says Pam Powers, our Consulting Rosarian.

Encourage basal breaks with:

• Proper spring pruning

• Correct soil pH of 6.25 -7.0

• Organic enriched soil

• Magnesium from Epsom salts added to liquid fertilizer

• Appropriate amounts of water

Now is a perfect time to visit our Memorial Rose Garden while it is in full bloom. Come take a walk through our grounds! http://www.columbiagardenscemetery.org

On Memorial Day Monday, come see our spectacular rose garden. Our rose expert, Pam Powers, will be available from 9:00 t...
05/24/2020

On Memorial Day Monday, come see our spectacular rose garden. Our rose expert, Pam Powers, will be available from 9:00 to 11:00 am to answer any questions you may have about growing your own roses or about the many varieties of roses in our Memorial Rose Garden. Find inspiration for your own garden, get some exercise and take beautiful photos. Social distancing guidelines apply. We hope to see you there. columbiagardenscemetery.org

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3411 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA
22201

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 12am
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 12:30pm

Telephone

(703) 527-1235

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Columbia Gardens Cemetery has been family owned for four generations, continuously since our founding in 1917. It has been described as Arlington County’s community cemetery. We invite our neighbors and area residents to walk our winding paths and enjoy the towering trees and beautiful gardens on our grounds.

Columbia Gardens Cemetery is multicultural and non-denominational.

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Columbia Gardens is one of the few cemeteries in the Northern Virginia area that offers a wide range of options for memorials, including upright monuments and memorials, flat markers and private mausoleums. Burial and Interment Options

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