Please join us in celebrating the 125th anniversary of the day Mr. Walter Scott Dickson gifted the beautiful High Victorian Gothic stone chapel and attached conservatory to the City of Salem in memory of his wife, Georgia. This event is free and open to the public, so, please – bring a friend! (Or two, or three…)
We will be highlighting the story of Mr. Dickson as well as delving into the history of the Dickson Memorial Chapel and Conservatory. If you’ve never heard the story before of how a loving husband envisioned and brought to life an eternal showing of his love for his bride, Georgia, then please come! The Chapel will be open from 10:00AM through 1:00PM for viewing with the speakers beginning at 10:30AM.
We will have some items for sale to aid in our fundraising efforts toward the restoration of the Dickson Memorial Chapel and Conservatory. There will be two oil paintings featuring scenes from within the cemetery available, as well as historic postcards, nature photo cards, DVDs from past tours, t-shirts (long and short sleeve), ball caps, and more for sale and/or silent auction. General photos of these items can be seen at our Items for Sale link (also accessible from the link at the top of our home page).
Happy New Year from the Friends of Greenlawn!
Being a new year, it means that we have a few new updates. The first update concerns where our monthly meetings happen. At the end of 2018, Salem celebrated the opening of their brand new senior center, the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, located at 401 Bridge St. This means that we will *no longer* be meeting at the old Council on Aging on Broad St — our monthly meetings will now be held at the new Bridge St senior center. We still meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM. Please note – only the *location* has changed.
Another wonderful update that we have for you concerns our tree map. (Did you know we have a map highlighting many of the wonderful trees within Greenlawn? Well, we do!) A few years back, the kind folks at Mass in Motion with the help of Charlie Lipson created a map showcasing Greenlawn’s trees. Trees located on the map have labels on the trees themselves, providing an opportunity to learn about and view the many different species located within the cemetery. The original map was amazing but its popularity had grown beyond it’s capacity and with many thanks to John Pelletier, the map has been updated and is now located at a new site, linked below:
The link to the tree map will also be included soon on a tab at the top of the website so it will be easier to access it without having to scroll through past posts. An update will be posted here to highlight the addition once complete. In the meantime, feel free to explore our new tree map and to come on by the cemetery and see if you can locate some of the trees shown on the map. As a reminder, Greenlawn is first and foremost a cemetery, so we just ask that folks respect it as such. The trees will be awaiting your visit… 🙂
This year’s fall event is a free family friendly History & Nature Scavenger Hunt featuring all things Greenlawn where folks can learn about the history of the cemetery and those connected to it as well as the natural elements of this unexpected sanctuary from all things urban and developed. This event runs from 10:00AM until 1:00PM and the Dickson Memorial Chapel and adjacent Conservatory Garden will be open for viewing and mingling during that time. There will also be a free raffle to enter for prizes. Parking is available along Orne St for easy access to the Orne St gate – from there, the Chapel is just to the left and behind the main office building (brick building just inside the gate).
Feel free to bring yourself, your family, your friends – we look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please contact us here.
Summer gardens might be winding down but thanks to the kindness of friends last Saturday, the Dickson Memorial Chapel Conservatory Garden is just putting on its autumn glory!
Here’s a before and after shot to highlight what a difference a few hands made last Saturday:
It truly is amazing how just a bit of weeding, pruning, and laying down some fresh mulch can really revitalize a garden. I wonder if Mrs. Dickson would be pleased to see how lovely her garden looks!
The Friends of Greenlawn would like to thank Denise and Dave for joining Christine last weekend and lending their hands to the tending of the garden that Mr. Dickson so lovingly created for his wife, Mrs. Dickson. Thank you to the fairy weeder who magically appeared in secret the day before mulch was laid. We also cannot forget to thank Sean McCrea and his team for supplying the mulch and for everything else they do for Greenlawn Cemetery.
The Friends of Greenlawn will be gathering next Saturday at the Dickson Memorial Chapel so we can shower some love on the Conservatory Garden in anticipation for our upcoming fall event. Please join us for some weed pulling and garden cleanup -the date is September 15, 2018 and we’ll be there from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. We will provide water, some gardening tools, and leaf bags for the weeds.
Have you ever wondered what goes on “behind the scenes” with the Friends of Greenlawn? Curious about what we do? Curious about how you can come “do” with us? 🙂
Let it be a mystery no more and come join us! We’re not exclusive – we’d love for you to come on down and join us for our monthly meetings. We generally meet the last Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted, at 6:30 PM, in Salem, MA.
In fact, what are you doing tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 28th)? We’re having our August meeting at 6:30 PM at the Salem Council on Aging located at 5 Broad St in Salem. Come help us plan our September scavenger hunt! It’s going to be great!
Our Spring tour, “Artists, Authors, and Poets”, was a success! It was so great to see the number of folks who turned up to show and share their love and appreciation for this beautiful space in the midst of urban Salem.
A big thanks to our tour leaders, Charlie and Polly, who always make each walk through Greenlawn feel like a refreshingly new experience as there is so much to learn and see and their knowledge is vast.
If you weren’t able to make it to the tour, don’t fret! There is a self tour available until otherwise notified – maps can be found in front of the Dickson Memorial Chapel. Each map contains a number or letter designation that corresponds to a marker placed at the site and you can read all about Greenlawn’s artists, authors, and poets!
Just a reminder that this Saturday, June 9th, FOG will be hosting it’s spring event. This event is a tour through Greenlawn Cemetery featuring Artists, Authors, and Poets. The Dickson Memorial Chapel will be open from 9:30AM-1:00PM for viewing, sales, and donations with the tour itself departing from the chapel at 10:00AM.
Items available for sale at the event can be previewed from our new FOG gear page here. There will also be some paintings and a print by Debra Freeman Highberger up for silent auction (pictured below).
We hope to see you there!
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!
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!
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!