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Rules and Regulations

Walnut Grove Cemetery

Monuments on a beautiful fall day at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Planting Guidelines

Planting of trees and shrubbery is permitted, but must be approved by the Cemetery Superintendent. Any planting may be removed if deemed unsightly, a nuisance, a hazard, or if plantings are infringing upon other grave spaces. The cemetery reserves the right to remove any planting at any time it deems necessary.

Trees, shrubs and perennials may be purchased through and planted by the Cemetery Staff. Donation of trees, shrubs and perennials will be allowed only in accordance with the Landscape Plan as administered by the Cemetery Superintendent. Annual flowers may only be planted in a prepared bed within 12″ in front of above ground monuments spaces only. If the flowers become overgrown with grass/weeds the area will be mowed when it becomes unsightly. Cut flowers can only be placed on flush monument spaces within 12″ in front of the marker in the plastic vases that are provided by the Cemetery. These vases will be removed on a weekly basis.

There are plastic vases/containers available on the porch of the office for cut flowers.

Grave blankets and wreaths are permitted from November 30th to March 1st. Any decorations left on graves after March 1st will be removed and disposed of by Cemetery Personnel. No artificial decorations are permitted.  (One way to decide whether a decoration is permitted – if it has roots or has had roots, it is allowed!  If not, it is not allowed, and will be removed.)Non-approved decorations will be removed by the Cemetery Superintendent.

Monument Guidelines

Monument Definition and Number of Monuments:  

A monument is defined as a marker attached to a foundation that includes the name and dates of an individual.  All monuments must be at least 4” thick and placed on a foundation of a size and type approved by the Superintendent.  Monuments must be placed at the head of the grave(s) with the first name(s) and dates facing over the grave.  Foot stones, where allowed, will be placed at the foot of the grave facing towards the head of the grave and must be flush with the ground.

Companion Monuments

A companion monument (any monument centered on one or more grave spaces with two or more names on it) will be considered one monument for each grave space it was designed to mark. Maximum length of companion monument is six (6) feet in length, fourteen (14) inches in width and five (5) feet in height.

Foot Stones

The second monument will be considered a foot stone, whether the name is the same or not. The top of the stone must be level with the ground (considered a flush marker). The size of the foot stone cannot be larger than 28 inches in length by 14 inches in width.

Single Grave Monument

Monuments for single grave spaces are not to exceed three (3) feet in length and fourteen (14) inches in width and five (5) feet in height. Persons owning more than one grave space, but using individual monuments at the head of each grave space will be restricted to these sizes.

Veterans Monuments

Veterans monuments that are supplied by the VA will be placed at the head of the grave unless there is another monument marking the space.  If a veteran purchases another monument for their space, the VA monument will be moved to the foot of the grave and will be considered the second monument for the space.  All VA monuments must be flush if they are to be put at the foot of the grave. Out of appreciation for the service of the veteran, the Cemetery provides a 4” backer/foundation and installation of the VA monument at no cost to the veteran.

Columbarium Regulations

Niche Engraving 

Each niche front may contain the name and dates of no more than two (2) persons. A one-inch border on all four sides of each niche front must be left undisturbed. A drawing of all engraving must be submitted to the Cemetery for approval before engraving will be allowed. If fronts need to be removed from the Cemetery for engraving a security deposit in an amount equal to the replacement cost of the fronts and any engraving or etching previously done on the front must be given to the Cemetery Superintendent or Cemetery Clerk before removal. Drilling or attachment of any kind to niche fronts is not permissible.


Decorating of niche fronts is not permissible. Live flowers may be used in designated areas only. Please check with Cemetery personnel for appropriate areas. No artificial decorations are permitted.

Urn Type

All Urns must be made of a non-biodegradable material and may not exceed 11″ in height, width, or depth.

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