Guide to planting your Arbor Day Foundation tree seedling

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If you visited our table at the Salem Arts Festival on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 and you were the lucky recipient of a tree seedling, then you’re in the right place.  This post contains important planting and care instructions for your baby Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) or Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea).

Shameless plug here for Greenlawn’s Tree Inventory Map but I promise it’s relevant – if you’d like to see what these seedlings have the potential to grow up to be, come by the cemetery to check out mature specimens of Tuliptree and Scarlet Oak.  Use the map to find each tree’s location within the cemetery.

 

Tree Planting & Care Guide

This information pertains to both species of trees given out at the festival.

The seedling you have received came from the Arbor Day Foundation and so their instructions for planting and care are what is recommended and linked to below.  Also, both tree species offered as seedlings are native to Massachusetts and other selected areas of New England and as such should fare well if planted locally.

Comprehensive Tree Planting & Care Guide – this link provides all the information you will need to know in order to plant your seedling and help it to grow strong and tall in the years to come; Arbor Day Foundation also provides video instruction on how to care for your seedling; feel free to click around and learn as there’s a ton of information here that will help you and your tree on your new journey together.

Bare root planting guide – the seedlings you received are what is known as “bare root trees” meaning that instead of being in soil with a root system balled up into a burlap sack or a container, the roots are free and simply dipped into a hydrating gel that keeps the roots moist until planting; the main planting & care guide provides all sorts of information for all three types of prepared seedlings/saplings but this link is specifically for the seedlings you received from us at the Salem Arts Festival.  If you are in need of an easily printable version of the planting guide for bare root trees, Arbor Day Foundation provides a downloadable PDF copy – they link to it at the top of their bare root planting guide page.

 

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Tuliptree leaf in waning autumn colors with a bit of the parent tree’s bark in the right background; photo taken in late October 2013

Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Here’s some more information about Tuliptrees from the Arbor Day Foundation and a few other handy plant databases.

Arbor Day Foundation’s nursery listing for Tuliptree – this link provides some basic information about Tuliptrees.

Go Botany’s listing for Tuliptree – this website is actually a database project headed up by the Native Plant Trust (formerly known as the New England Wildflower Society) with support from the National Science Foundation; Go Botany’s main site is also an excellent resource for information on native and naturalized trees (and other plants) growing within the six New England states (MA, ME, NH, CT, RI, VT); plenty of photos with each species listing to oogle at and use to help identify unknown specimens.

Virginia Tech’s Dendrology Fact Sheet for Tuliptree – this is a direct link to the fact sheet for Tuliptree; the parent site offers a lot of useful information on trees with a fact sheet database for over 450 different tree species as well as a handy tree ID app for Android and iOS.

USDA’s PLANTS Database page on Tuliptree – this is the listing in the national database run by the US Dept. of Agriculture; each species listing page also provides downloadable fact sheets in PDF form for that species, as well as photos, conservation status, maps, and information on how it benefits local wildlife.

 

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The rich autumnal coloring of the aptly named Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea); photo taken in late October 2013

 

Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea)

Here’s some more information about Scarlet Oaks from the Arbor Day Foundation and a few other handy plant databases.  Databases below are the same as ones mentioned above, only this time the links bring you directly to the Scarlet Oak listings (and not the listings for Tuliptrees).

Arbor Day Foundation’s nursery listing for Scarlet Oak – this link provides some basic information about Scarlet Oaks.

Go Botany’s listing for Scarlet Oak – here’s Go Botany’s database listing for Scarlet Oaks

Virginia Tech’s Dendrology Fact Sheet for Scarlet Oak – this is a direct link to VT’s fact sheet for Scarlet Oak.

USDA’s PLANTS Database page on Scarlet Oak – USDA’s database listing for Scarlet Oak.

 

 

 

Arboretum Application Meeting – Tomorrow

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European Larch (Larix decidua), located in Greenlawn Cemetery

 

Tomorrow morning at 9:30AM Dr. Lisa Delissio and her students will be meeting at Greenlawn Cemetery to work on completing the ArbNet application for Level I arboretum accreditation.  This is a collaboration between Salem State University, the city of Salem, and Friends of Greenlawn and the more hands helping, the better!  Please come and join us in front of the cemetery office just inside the Orne St entrance.

Again, this event is happening *tomorrow*, Wednesday, May 29th at 9:30AM.

 

Guided Bird Walk – Sat, May 11th

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Good morning!  The weather was a bit wet this past Saturday and as such, the Guided Bird Walk will be offered again this Saturday, May 11th, from 7:00AM-9:00AM.

!! Again, just for this event, we ask that there be no dogs or children under the age of 10 years old due to the nature of this event. !!

Date: Sat, May 11, 2019
Time: 7:00AM-9:00AM
Where: Greenlawn Cemetery, 57 Orne St, Salem, MA – please meet in front of the office just inside the Orne St entrance
What to bring: binoculars (if you have them), friends, neighbors, yourself!  🙂

 

Last minute event: tomorrow

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The bark of a Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata) located within Greenlawn Cemetery


Dr. Lisa Delissio and her students from Salem State University are going to be at Greenlawn Cemetery tomorrow, May 1st, making their final preparations for seeking Level I accreditation for the cemetery through ArbNet’s Arboretum Accreditation Program.  Please join them at the front office just inside the Orne St entrance at 1:15PM.

More information about this endeavor can be found in a recent post here: https://friendsofgreenlawn.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/exciting-news-you-wont-be-leaf-a-special-collaboration-fir-the-trees/

Again, the information is:

Date: Wed, May 1, 2019 (tomorrow!)
Time:
starts at 1:15PM
Where:
Greenlawn Cemetery, 57 Orne St, Salem, MA; please meet in front of the office just inside the Orne St entrance
What to bring: Yourself and anybody else you know of that loves trees and other woody plants!

Cleanup scheduled for May 4th

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On Saturday, May 4th, we’ve got a couple things on the schedule at Greenlawn Cemetery.  First, we will be having a Guided Bird Walk followed by a Clean-up (picking up trash, weeding and mulching the Conservatory garden, etc.).  You’re invited!  You can come to both or if you can’t make it to both, we’d love to see you at one or the other.

Guided Bird Walk information:

!! For this event, we ask that there be no dogs or children under the age of 10 years old due to the nature of this event. !!

Date: Sat, May 4, 2019
Time: 7:00AM-9:00AM
Where: Greenlawn Cemetery, 57 Orne St, Salem, MA – please meet in front of the office just inside the Orne St entrance
What to bring: binoculars (if you have them), friends, neighbors, yourself!  🙂

Clean-up information:

Date: Sat, May 4, 2019
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM — immediately following the Guided Bird Walk
Where: Greenlawn Cemetery, 57 Orne St, MA – please meet at the Dickson Memorial Chapel
What to bring: Plastic bags will be provided.
The rain date for BOTH events is Sat, May 11, 2019.

Our Spring event is a celebration 125 years in the making!

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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).

Our History & Nature Scavenger Hunt is just days away!

The Friends of Greenlawn Fall Event

 

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.

FOG Event – This Saturday!!

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!

 

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Painting of a quiet space in Greenlawn

 

Scenic painting of Greenlawn Cemetery
Painting of Sargent Pond

 

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Print of Painting of Fountain Pond

 

 

 

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!

 

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Early risers enjoying those on flight

 

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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!

 

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Polly, Denise, Michelle, Denise, and Richard (not pictured) did a great job!

 

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Mulch, mulch, and more mulch!

 

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A view of the finished product

 

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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!

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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.