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.

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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Curious how you can grow or bring home fragrant roses like these? 💐Come join us this Sunday, Oct 10th, at the beautiful ...
10/09/2021

Curious how you can grow or bring home fragrant roses like these? 💐

Come join us this Sunday, Oct 10th, at the beautiful setting of Columbia Gardens Cemetery Rose Garden to enjoy the outdoors and engage in two events, a Rosebush Auction and Rose Rooting Workshop. At the auction, you can find the perfect roses for you from our exclusive rosebush line-up. Or learn how to bloom your own roses at our comprehensive rose rooting workshop. Visit arlingtonrose.org for more details.

🌹Rosebush Auction, 2 to 3:15 pm, cash or check accepted
🌹Rooting Workshop, 3:30 to 4:30pm, $15/non-members and free for members, bring your gloves and pruners!

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You, too, can grow beautiful roses like these! Come to the Arlington Rose Foundation (ARF) Annual Rose Auction & Rooting...
10/02/2021

You, too, can grow beautiful roses like these! Come to the Arlington Rose Foundation (ARF) Annual Rose Auction & Rooting Workshop in the Columbia Gardens Cemetery Memorial Rose Garden. Raise your bid paddle at live auction to take home healthy, hard-to-find David Austin shrubs, hybrid teas, floribundas and climbers for your garden. October is prime planting time! ARF members: free. Non-members: $15. Visit arlingtonrose.org for details.

You, too, can grow beautiful roses like these! Come to the Arlington Rose Foundation (ARF) Annual Rose Auction & Rooting Workshop in the Columbia Gardens Cemetery Memorial Rose Garden. Raise your bid paddle at live auction to take home healthy, hard-to-find David Austin shrubs, hybrid teas, floribundas and climbers for your garden. October is prime planting time! ARF members: free. Non-members: $15. Visit arlingtonrose.org for details.

Fun for adults and children abounds at our Fall Family Celebration.  Paint a pumpkin, take a hay ride, learn about bees ...
09/24/2021

Fun for adults and children abounds at our Fall Family Celebration. Paint a pumpkin, take a hay ride, learn about bees and bluebirds, get tips for growing roses and planting trees, play the Agents of Discovery app on our grounds, enjoy delicious refreshments and more free activities. Please join us!

Fun for adults and children abounds at our Fall Family Celebration. Paint a pumpkin, take a hay ride, learn about bees and bluebirds, get tips for growing roses and planting trees, play the Agents of Discovery app on our grounds, enjoy delicious refreshments and more free activities. Please join us!

A Perfect Place for Your GatheringThe new event center at Columbia Gardens Cemetery is a lovely setting for welcoming fr...
09/08/2021

A Perfect Place for Your Gathering

The new event center at Columbia Gardens Cemetery is a lovely setting for welcoming friends and family to celebrate the life of your loved one. Our light-filled, elegant reception room opens onto two large bluestone terraces, surrounded on all sides by flowering gardens. From small, intimate gatherings to a sit-down luncheon for 150 people, our staff can assist you in planning catering, flowers, linens, music and everything you need for a memorable event. For information, please contact our office.

A Perfect Place for Your Gathering

The new event center at Columbia Gardens Cemetery is a lovely setting for welcoming friends and family to celebrate the life of your loved one. Our light-filled, elegant reception room opens onto two large bluestone terraces, surrounded on all sides by flowering gardens. From small, intimate gatherings to a sit-down luncheon for 150 people, our staff can assist you in planning catering, flowers, linens, music and everything you need for a memorable event. For information, please contact our office.

Consuelo Sevilla’s photo took first place in the Arlington Rose Foundation photography contest.  A dedicated member of t...
08/10/2021

Consuelo Sevilla’s photo took first place in the Arlington Rose Foundation photography contest. A dedicated member of the Columbia Gardens Cemetery grounds crew, Consuelo particularly enjoys working in the cemetery’s Memorial Rose Garden. Her photo of an open bloom stamens captures Love Song, one of the 200 spectacular rose bushes in the our garden. Congratulations, Consuelo!

Consuelo Sevilla’s photo took first place in the Arlington Rose Foundation photography contest. A dedicated member of the Columbia Gardens Cemetery grounds crew, Consuelo particularly enjoys working in the cemetery’s Memorial Rose Garden. Her photo of an open bloom stamens captures Love Song, one of the 200 spectacular rose bushes in the our garden. Congratulations, Consuelo!

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.

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3411 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA
22201

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

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(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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