Birdwatching and Gardening in May

Guided Bird Walk

Despite being situated in the middle of a busy urban area, Greenlawn Cemetery offers a peaceful respite for many species of flora and fauna that one would typically not see this close to downtown.  Some of the more well-known inhabitants are of the feathered sort – the birds who make Greenlawn their home or their layover on a long flight home.  To date, Greenlawn’s most dedicated birdwatchers have seen over 100 different species within the cemetery.

Bright and early on May 13, 2018, Charlie Lipson led a group of folks through Greenlawn on a guided bird walk.  The skies were overcast but that did not deter the group from being able to catch over 25 different species of birds up and at ’em that morning.  The usual visitors were present – a Black-Crowned Night Heron (our mascot), a Double-crested Cormorant, a few Mallards, and some Red-Winged Blackbirds to name a few.  The group was also graced with a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird flyby!


FOG Guided Birdwalk - May 13, 2018
Early risers enjoying those on flight


FOG Guided Birdwalk - May 13, 2018
Dedicated watchers with their binoculars


Thanks to all who came out for the guided bird walk!  It was a successful event and folks got to learn a lot about birds, trees, and shrubs.


Conservatory Garden Clean-up

About a week later on May 19, 2018, a group of folks took to sprucing up the Conservatory Garden next to the Dickson Memorial Chapel.  Flowers were planted, mulch was laid, and weeds were pulled as volunteers helped to clean up the garden that lies where the old conservatory used to be.  Mr. Dickson would be proud of the work these folks pulled off!


Conservatory Garden Clean-up - May 19, 2018
Polly, Denise, Michelle, Denise, and Richard (not pictured) did a great job!


Conservatory Garden Clean-up - May 19, 2018
Mulch, mulch, and more mulch!


Conservatory Garden Clean-up - May 19, 2018
A view of the finished product


Conservatory Garden Clean-up - May 19, 2018
Another angle on work well done!


Thanks again to Polly, Denise, Michelle, Denise, and Richard for all their hard work cleaning up the garden!  Thanks also to the Sean and his Greenlawn Cemetery crew who keep the grounds looking good.  Oh – and thanks to those who worked hard last year planting bulbs so that we could enjoy their colorful blooms this year!

Save the date – our Spring Tour is right around the corner!



Artist, Authors and Poets

When : Saturday June 9th
Time: 10AM
The Chapel will be open for viewing, sales, and donations from 9:30AM -1PM
Where: The Dickson Memorial Chapel

Friends of Greenlawn will hold an Artists, Authors, and Poets tour in Greenlawn Cemetery at 10AM.  The tour will begin from the Dickson Memorial Chapel and is free.  The event is also a fundraiser for the Friends’ preservation and restoration efforts for the 1894 Dickson Chapel.  There will be Greenlawn related items both for sale and by silent auction. (Check out our brand new FOG gear page for a taste of what will be available.)

Among the stories on the tour will be the lives of people like Kate Tannatt Woods, who was a Salem public school teacher, a volunteer nurse at the front during the Civil War, a journalist, and author of many juvenile novels; and William Rowe Coane, a scenic artist and photographer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Chapel is located just off the rotary inside the gates at 57 Orne Street in North Salem.  There is parking outside the gates along Orne Street and inside Greenlawn around the Chapel.