BELFAST – The Belfast Garden Club, in cooperation with Cemetery Superintendent Steve Boguen and Belfast Public Works, plans to provide a lasting addition to the beauty of Grove Cemetery and to give the community a public opportunity to honor loved ones with the planting of 15 community sponsored â€śRemembrance Treesâ€ť. The memorial trees will be planted in mid-October at street tree size (roughly 7 to 12 feet tall) and over time are expected to grow to be large shady estate trees of between 40 and 100 feet. A donation of $500 will include the tree (of the donors choice from the selection available), planting of the tree, a stone mounted plaque, and future tree maintenance. The Belfast Garden Club has consulted with Belfast Tree Warden and Arborist Didier Bonner-Ganter who has assisted in choosing locations for the plantings as well as varieties such as Hemlock, Swamp White Oak, River Birch, and Black Gum, which will thrive in conditions specific to Grove Cemetery. Belfast Public Works will complete the planting by late October.
Cemetery Superintendent, Steve Boguen, points to a hillside of strong stately trees, â€śThe first burial took place at this cemetery in 1837. The older part of the cemetery, on the hill, has many beautiful shade trees. The newer section looks quite different with out many plantings. Planting these trees will help connect the older part of the cemetery with the new.â€ť
The memorial tree plantings are part of a larger several phase upgrade and beautification project that Grove Cemetery, Belfast Public Works, and The Belfast Garden Club are undertaking at the City cemetery. Phase one began over the summer with a grant from the Golden Rule Foundation that enabled the Garden Club to make the Chapel handicapped accessible, and to begin to enact a plan to make outdoor services possible and comfortable at the chapel with the addition of a raised deck. Public works continued this phase of the project by laying crushed stone around the chapel, to assist with level seating, and with the installation of lovely reclaimed antique planters. This fall the Garden Club undertakes the community supported memorial tree plantings. Phase two will begin in the spring and summer when Superintendent Steve Boguen plans to form a team to renovate the interior of the Grove Cemetery Chapel which was originally dedicated in 1916. The Belfast Garden Club will participate next season with the addition of community sponsored benches, and perennial plantings.
Of this monthâ€™s â€śRemembrance Treeâ€ť plantings, 3 of the 15 shade trees have already been spoken for. To arrange to sponsor a tree, to be notified when the trees arrive so that you can take a look and pick your tree, to find our more information, or to make a donation of any size for general cemetery beautification call Ann Mullen 338-9125, Diane Allmayer-Beck 338-3105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Belfast Garden Club has promoted civic beautification and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening since 1929. The Belfast Garden Club is responsible for maintaining over 12 public gardens in the City. The Club is very thankful to The Golden Rule Foundation for grants, which have enhanced public gardens at Post Office Square, Waterloo, and Grove Cemetery. The Garden Club hosts the Open Garden Days all summer, and supports education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project, and an annual Education Scholarship.
Each meeting of the Belfast Garden Club is open to the public. The Club welcomes new members and volunteers year round.
Contact Name: Ann Mullen
Telephone Number: (207)338-9125