Nashville City Cemetery

Opened in 1822, Nashville City Cemetery is the oldest continuously operated public cemetery in Nashville and final resting place of Nashville founders James and Charlotte Robertson, located at 1001 4th Avenue South.

Since 1998, Master Gardeners of Davidson County have collaborated with the Nashville City Cemetery Association in a program of historical planting to aid conservation of this important historical Nashville landmark. Planting Vinca minor, otherwise known as periwinkle or graveyard vine, between the old and closely set markers and tombs will eventually displace grass and weeds reducing damage to the soft limestone monuments by weed eaters and lawnmowers.

Four flower gardens at the Keeble building are also maintained as are 17 unique graves designed for planted flowers, known as ‘bed graves’ that feature both head and foot boards. Additionally, the restoration planting of trees in accordance with the original cemetery plan is ongoing.

Master Gardeners conduct boxwood trimming demonstrations each February and also serve as guides during the annual interpretive history tour organized by the Nashville City Cemetery Association and the Metropolitan Historical Commission held every October.

In June 2013, the site was designated an arboretum by the Nashville Tree Foundation.

Attention Members and Interns

To learn more about Master Gardeners working at NCC, please contact Catherine Atwell, Garden Lead:  615-456-6833 (please call; don't text).

2021 workdays are as follows (also on calendar):

  • Last Wednesday of the month - beginning 3/31 through October
  • 2nd Saturday of the month - beginning 4/10 through October
  • Please bring a mask for working at the Cemetery and must be worn when you can't be socially distanced.

We will NOT be holding our annual Boxwood trimming demonstration in 2021.   

Be on the lookout as details of the virtual 2021 Living History Tour. We appreciate your continued support for the annual tour!

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