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.

 

Historic Salem is celebrating their 75th anniversary and you’re invited!

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Historic Salem is celebrating 75 years of historic preservation within the city of Salem this year with an event at the Hawthorne Hotel this Sunday, June 2, 2019.  Since their inception 75 years ago, they have been helping groups like the Friends of Greenlawn and many others in our efforts to help restore and preserve Salem’s historic treasures so that they’re not lost forever.  Please join us in this celebration!

Event Details:

Date: Sun, June 2, 2019
Time: begins at 6:00PM
Where: Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq W, Salem, MA
Cost: $75.00 per ticket for Historic Salem members & Christmas in Salem volunteers; $100.00 per ticket for non-members; tickets can be purchased through Historic Salem’s website here: https://www.historicsalem.org/hsi-75th-anniversary-celebration.html
More information: this is an event being hosted by Historic Salem, so they’re the best ones to contact if you have any questions about the event that have not been covered here or on their event page.  Their contact information can be found here: https://www.historicsalem.org/contact-us.html

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.

Exciting news you won’t be-leaf – a special collaboration fir the trees!

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Signage on a Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) located next to the office building near Greenlawn Cemetery’s Orne St entrance

Oak-kay, we’ve got some tree-mendous news to share that yew just wood-n’t be-leaf!

Did you know that one of Greenlawn Cemetery’s coolest treasures are its trees?

That’s right.  This urban gem is home to hundreds of trees of all sorts of species, ranging from the common native and naturalized trees you can see just about everywhere locally to the non-native and exotic trees that originally hail from lands far beyond our shores.  A leisurely stroll around Sargent Pond will take you beneath the outstretched branches of the Korean Mountain-ash (Sorbus alnifolia), native to northern and eastern China, Japan, and the Korean peninsula.  Continue walking and just before you pass beneath another Korean Mountain-ash, you will encounter the Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), a tree native to the eastern, mid-western, and southeastern US but whose native range stops just short of Massachusetts, reaching only into Connecticut.  Continue  walking around Greenlawn Cemetery and you will notice some Massachusetts natives like the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubrum), Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus), and the increasingly rare Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis).  As you can imagine, the vast collection of species and specimens growing within the cemetery have already made Greenlawn an arboretum.

Now for the cool news – back in March, the City of Salem’s Cemetery Commission gave the green light for a collaboration between Salem State University, the City of Salem, and the Friends of Greenlawn to seek accreditation for Greenlawn Cemetery as a Level I arboretum through ArbNet‘s Arboretum Accreditation Program.  ArbNet is a global network of tree-focused folks that offers the only international accreditation program specifically focused on woody plants, ie., trees.  Any arboretum and public space with a substantial focus on these plants can apply for accreditation at a level that suits them.  There are are four levels in total, each recognizing arboretums at various stages of development and achievement.  Here in Massachusetts we have less than 15 arboretums of any level – it would be an honor to have Greenlawn listed among the few and to have the cemetery’s tree collection be recognized formally.  This recognition would also be helpful in obtaining grants and other funding for the continued restoration and preservation efforts within the cemetery.  It would also provide educational opportunities and a means for the community to become more involved.

If you would like to be involved in the arboretum collaboration, please use our contact form here to find out more information on how to get in contact with the Salem State University staff heading up this effort.

New Year, New Updates

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Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), one of several growing in Greenlawn Cemetery.  Native to China, this deciduous conifer species is known as a “living fossil” — it is the only species in its genus that is not extinct.

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:

Greenlawn Cemetery Tree Map

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…  🙂

 

 

September Meeting Reminder

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We’ve got a treat for you this month – due to the Salem Council on Aging being in transition from its former Broad St location to the new location on Bridge St, we will be holding our monthly meeting this Tuesday, September 25th, at the historic Dickson Memorial Chapel located at Greenlawn Cemetery.  We will still be meeting at 6:30PM.

There is limited parking along the cemetery road by the chapel as well as parking available along Orne St.  To find the chapel, please enter at the Orne St gate and you will see the chapel off to the left and behind the main office (which is the brick building just inside the gate).

All inclusive, all are welcome – we hope to see you there!