Giving a gift in honor of a loved one is a meaningful way to pay tribute to a life. It can also be a special way to make a lasting contribution to Green-Wood’s historic landscape. Green-Wood offers these options to memorialize and honor loved ones.

Adopt a Tree

Do you have a special tree in Green-Wood that you are particularly fond of? For a tax-deductible contribution, you may adopt one of the many trees in Green-Wood. Your gift will allow us to give this tree all the tender loving care it requires. A plaque commemorating your generosity and bearing your name or the name of the person you are honoring, as well the species name, will be placed on the tree for a period of one, five, or ten years. At the end of the adoption period, you will be given first opportunity to renew.

Adopt a Bench

You may adopt one of Green-Wood’s beautiful Teak Benches for a $1500 tax-deductible contribution. Located where visitors can enjoy the landscape and inspiring views, benches are available for adoption on beautiful Fern Avenue, near the Sylvan Water pond, near the Gothic Arch, in front of the Historic Chapel, and in several select locations. Green-Wood will work with you to choose the site best suited to your wishes.

Designed for the 1939 World’s Fair and used in outdoor spaces and parks throughout New York City, these ornate teak benches with circular cast-iron armrests grace the public areas of Green-Wood, Central Park, Riverside Park and more. An etched stainless steel plate will be installed on the bench memorializing your thoughtful gesture.

Donate in Memory Of

A donation to Green-Wood ensures this important 180-year-old National Landmark endures for many years to come. By giving in honor of a loved one, you will add their name to the long list of New Yorkers and Americans who have supported Green-Wood for nearly two centuries.

To make your contribution in the name of a family member or loved one, include the name and any other desired message in the “special instructions” box during checkout.


If you have any questions or special requests regarding your tribute gift, please contact Penelope Duus at (718)210-3073 or