2019 Optional Tour2019-05-02T17:43:39+00:00

2019 Optional Tour

Tour registration can be completed at the same time as conference registration and costs $25. The tour includes all three destinations below.

Spring Grove Cemetery

What began as a 200-acre tract of farmland is now a unique 733-acre combination cemetery, park, outdoor museum, and arboretum that welcomes visitors and guests to experience over 44 miles of winding roads, 15 serene lakes, a 10-acre woodland preserve, and an amazing collection of architecture, sculpture, and horticulture.

Serving as a living horticultural laboratory, Spring Grove’s Arboretum boasts a remarkable 1,200 species with over 1,000 labeled for study and research purposes for universities, nurseries, and growers. The Arboretum is dedicated to the protection and stewardship of the cemetery’s heritage and to the promotion of environmental sustainability while increasing the beauty of the garden.

Visitors may also enjoy over 140 labeled trees and shrubs at another beautifully maintained historic property founded in 1910, Oak Hill Cemetery. Managed by Spring Grove since 1989, Oak Hill is located in the quaint village of Glendale, Ohio.

Smale Riverfront Park

Smale Riverfront Park reconnects downtown to the Ohio River and links the chain of parks along the water. It is a park of vistas, of gatherings and celebrations, of recreation, contemplation, and inspiration. The River is always alive here, and this place is a kind of community epicenter for our River City.

Planning for the park started in 1997, ground was broken on the first phase in 2008, and the park has been constructed in a series of phases since, with the most recent phase completed in July 2015. While it reflects Queen City culture, the park is more than anything a collection of local, regional and national efforts.

GARDNER FAMILY GROVE & ROSE GARDEN a plush garden with a variety of roses. This 1.75 acre tree grove is home to about 100 trees including red oak, honey locust, American elm, redbud and an understory of low flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants.

Rhinegeist Brewery

At Rhinegeist, they believe in the power of beer to bring great people together, foment fantastic ideas, and build a community that values craft beer and one another. We aim to brew beers where the “first sip calls for the third.”

Rhinegeist is located in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our 25,000 square foot, active brewing facility is housed in the former bottling plant of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., a formidable pre-Prohibition beermaker.