“Cemetery.” The word evokes images of run-down graves, decrepit vegetation, horror-movie fog and, above all, death.

But not Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, which is a museum, garden, cemetery and hiking trail rolled into one. Spring Grove historian Phil Nuxhall hopes to bring its splendor to life with his new book, “Beauty in the Grove.”

The son of Reds legend Joe Nuxhall says, “I have so much information I’ve accumulated over the years that I wanted to share with the public. There are other books about it, but no book showed Spring Grove in large, full-color photos.”

With the help of several photographers, Nuxhall let the images tell the story of the Cincinnati landmark. The book is packed with landscapes, statues, mausoleums and portraits, including big names like Graeter, Moerlein, Waite Hoyt and even Johnny Appleseed.

“I wanted the book to be full of life,” Nuxhall says. “I didn’t want it to be a gloom-and-doom cemetery book.”

“Beauty in the Grove” is available at the Spring Grove office, www.amazon.com,
Joseph Beth Booksellers, Barnes & Noble and