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.

 

 

 

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.

Conservatory Garden is ready for Fall

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:

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The Conservatory Garden before

 

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…and after the love.

 

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!

 

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Dave and Denise lay down new mulch

 

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Grant Wood had his “American Gothic” – we bring you “Dickson Gothic”

 

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.

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!