Throughout its history, visitors have sought out The Lexington Cemetery from far and near for its beautiful serene environment. Central Kentuckians have come to enjoy the three lakes with their peaceful fountains, Weeping Willow trees and ducks, as well as the formal flower gardens and other horticultural treasures that can be found in the nationally acclaimed arboretum. Situated on 170 acres of land, The Lexington Cemetery has over 200 species of trees including beautiful flowering dogwoods, crab apples,
ornamental magnolias and pink weeping cherries. Because of the careful planning of cemetery trustees, general managers and Miles Penn, the current cemetery horticulturalist, visitors can find numerous gardens of annuals and perennials that are as beautiful today as they were when the gardens were established in 1963 under the direction of Richard Allison, the third cemetery general manager.
Some original trees that grew in the rural woods before the establishment of the cemetery still stand today. However, due to infestations, diseases, decay, erosion and natural disasters of high winds, lightening and ice storms, The Lexington Cemetery has had to regularly prune and replace trees and shrubs throughout its history to maintain the beauty of the grounds. Informational and educational public presentations are held
annually to allow the cemetery staff to share the beauty and history of the grounds with the community.
In 2003, The Lexington Cemetery experienced the most devastating natural disaster in its history when an ice storm struck a swath of destruction through Central Kentucky. Like other parts of Lexington, the cemetery looked similar in appearance to a war zone. Many trees were uprooted and limbs were broken.The damage was so severe that the cemetery was temporarily closed to visitors. Debris needed be cleared quickly for the safety of staff and to enable regular burial and cremation services. Although this natural disaster occurred just 6 years ago, the cemetery is as beautiful today as it was prior to the Ice Storm of 2003