Through memberships and donations as well as Celebrate Life tree sponsorships, the Green-Wood Cemetery sustains and enhances its 478-acre arboretum with plantings, landscaping and seasonal displays. With innumerable varieties of over 7,000 trees and countless shrubs, four ponds, 22 miles of roadways and 30 miles of paths, Green-Wood’s grounds require continuous and expert care. Your contribution helps preserve this unique New York City greenspace.

 

Celebrate Life: The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s Tree Planting Program

The gift of a tree is a unique and caring way to commemorate any occasion. Birthdays, anniversaries, Memorial Day, Arbor Day or to celebrate the birth of a child are just a few of the special days when this gift is appropriate. There is also no better way to honor the memory of a departed loved one than with this living and thriving tribute. It is our goal to improve the care that we give to all of our thousands of trees and to plant two trees for every one that is lost due to age or disease. Your contribution will go a long way to enhance the natural beauty and traditions of Green-Wood.

How does the program work?

You will work closely with a Green-Wood Historic Fund representative to select the site and choose which variety of tree is most suitable to Green-Wood’s historic landscape. Donors have a great assortment to choose from, including deciduous trees such as Norway and red maple, horse chestnut and white birch; stately hardwood trees such as oak and beech; conifers such as Colorado and Norway spruce, white pine and Douglas fir; or exotics such as Japanese maple, golden rain tree, flowering Japanese cherry and crab apple and Chinese dogwood, all depending upon location. The length of your sponsorship is determined by which option you choose. You or your representative will be given the first opportunity to renew your sponsorship at the end of the applicable period.

New Beginning

For a $500 tax-deductible contribution, a new tree of your choosing will be planted in your name or in the name of the person you are honoring. An attractive plaque commemorating your thoughtful gesture and bearing your name or the name of the person you are honoring, as well as a description of the species, will be placed by the tree for a period of 10 years. In addition, your generosity will be acknowledged on our Horticultural Remembrance Plaque on display at Green-Wood Cemetery’s main office. After the initial 10-year sponsorship, you will be given first opportunity to renew your living, growing tribute.

Through the Years/Nature’s Tribute

Do you have a special tree in Green-Wood that you are particularly fond of? For a $250 tax-deductible contribution, an existing tree may be adopted. Your gift will allow us to provide this tree with all the tender loving care that it needs and deserves. An attractive plaque commemorating your generosity and bearing your name or the name of the person you are honoring, as well as a description of the species, will be placed on the tree for a period of five years. After the initial five-year sponsorship, you will be given first opportunity to renew your living tribute.

The Celebrate Life Program is a unique way to show someone you care. These special trees help repopulate our historic landscape, help improve our environment and offer a lasting tribute to a loved one. For any questions or to participate, please call 718-210-3002 and speak with one of our representatives.