BELFAST, Maine — The Belfast Garden Club will give members of the public an opportunity to honor loved ones by sponsoring one of 15 “Remembrance Trees” that will be planted at Grove Cemetery.
The 7- to 12-foot memorial trees will be planted in mid-October and over time are expected to grow into large, shady estate trees 40 to 100 feet tall. A donation of $500 will include the tree (of the donor’s choice from the selection available), planting, 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 that will thrive in conditions specific to Grove Cemetery. Belfast Public Works will complete the planting by late October.
“The first burial took place at this cemetery in 1837,” said cemetery superintendent Steve Boguen as he pointed to a hillside of strong, stately trees. “The older part of the cemetery, on the hill, has many beautiful shade trees. The newer section looks quite different, without many plantings. Planting these trees will help connect the older part of the cemetery with the new.”
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.
For more information or to make a donation of any size for general cemetery beautification, call Ann Mullen at 338-9125 or Diane Allmayer-Beck at 338-3105 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.