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.

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).

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…  🙂

 

 

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.

Attention – UPDATE – No Meeting Tomorrow Night

Due to the weather being disagreeable tomorrow night, our FOG Monthly Meeting has been CANCELLED.  The Salem Senior Center is in transition at this time – the old location has been closed and the new location is not yet open for public meetings.  As such, we were going to meet at the Dickson Memorial Chapel in Greenlawn Cemeter, but the weather is not cooperating.  We will let you know when the next FOG meeting will be.  We usually meet on the last Tuesday of the month unless otherwise notified.
Again – our monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Dickson Memorial Chapel has been CANCELLED.

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!

 

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.

Conservatory Garden Beautification

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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.