Tree commission plants first living memory dogwood in Peek Park
The first tree to stand in living memory in a local park was put into the soil to take root over the winter.
Members of the Cedartown Tree Commission were joined by public works employees who dug the hole for the first dogwood planted under the commission’s Living Memory program.
Planted on the northside of the park behind the covered picnic area at Peek Park, the tree was donated by Joann Norris.
The commission is hoping more residents will take advangate of the pro- gram to honor loved ones or local programs.
Trees can be planted in any park in the city except for Big Spring Park, which will be undergoing renovations in the coming future.
The program also has a wide selection of trees available to choose from, including the chalk maple, the grancy gray beard, Southern magnolia, flowering dogwood and Southern red oak.
All the trees that are purchased are already 2 inches around and are planted during the winter months so the trees have a chance to be acclimated to the soil before their spring growth cycle begins.
Board member Beam Sutton said those who wish to order a living memorial tree for planting during the off-season months - March through late October – will be held until they can be planted.
The commission is asking $500 for each living memorial, which includes a metal plaque to honor those for whom the tree is being planted or a special date.
For more information about how to get involved with the program, call Mariyln Bunn at 678-9012802, Sutton at 770-7486785 or commissioner Billy Grant at 770-748-2307.