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.

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…  🙂

 

 

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.

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.