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Commemorative Trees

You can plant a new tree or adopt an existing tree in Brooklyn's Prospect Park to honor friends and loved ones or to celebrate special events or milestones. Your gift of a tree helps us replace lost trees and ensure a healthy Park. We will work with you on the selection of the tree type and location. You can also adopt an existing tree instead of planting a new tree. Please see below for the various options.

Click here to view the Commemorative Tree Register.

New TreeExisting TreeArbor Day TreeWoodlands SaplingHeritage Tree I 9/11 Grove

Prospect Park Tree

Plant a New Tree

•  $1,500 Understory Tree
Choices include Eastern Redbud, Shadbush, Ironwood, American Hop Hornbeam and flowering Dogwood.

•  $3,000 Overstory Tree
Choices include well-known and rarer trees, such as Tulip Tree, Red Oak, Silver Linden, Black Gum and White Pine.

There are two tree planting periods per year: one week in the spring (April/May, most often at the end of April or beginning of May; depending on climate conditions) and one week in the fall (October/November, most often at end of October or beginning of November; depending on climate conditions).

Spring planting:

The deadline for arranging a spring planting is February 15 (we must order trees from the nursery well in advance of the actual planting). Note there are numerous details to arrange before the deadline, so you will need to contact us by February 1 in order to conclude the arrangement process prior to the deadline. Generally, the earlier you contact us, the better. Please call (718) 965-8977 or email us to get started or to ask any questions.

Fall planting:

The deadline for arranging a fall planting is August 15 (we must order trees from the nursery well in advance of the actual planting). Note there are numerous details to arrange before the deadline, so you will need to contact us by August 1 in order to conclude the arrangement process prior to the deadline. Generally, the earlier you contact us, the better. Please call (718) 965-8977 or email us to get started or to ask any questions.

 

Adopt an Existing Tree
•  $750 Understory Tree
Choices include Eastern Redbud, Shadbush, Ironwood, American Hop Hornbeam, American Yellowwood and flowering Dogwood.

•  $1000 Overstory Tree
Choices include well-known and rarer trees, such as Tulip Tree, Red Oak, Silver Linden, Black Gum and White Pine.

Do you have a favorite tree in the Park? The Alliance will guarantee proper nourishment, fertilization, pruning and other care. Many existing trees are eligible for adoption, which can take place at any time of the year.

Additional Benefits:
• Listing in the online Commemorative Tree Register.
• Listing in the Alliance’s Annual Report.

Please call (718) 965-8977 or email us to adopt an existing tree.

 

Participate in Community Arbor Day Tree Planting

$100 for the opportunity to give back to your community in honor of a loved one or special event.

To order, click here to order online or download the order form

Each Arbor Day, a community Arbor Day Tree will be planted in Prospect Park. This single tree will be open for multiple donors to contribute to, and all donors will be invited to the tree planting on Arbor Day, 2014 – April 25. This giving option allows donors to plant a tree in honor of a loved one or special event or milestone for a smaller donation than the other Commemorative Giving options. The species and location of the tree will be chosen by the Prospect Park arborist. Your gift will be acknowledged with a special certificate. To plant or adopt your own, dedicated tree instead, please see Plant a New Tree or Adopt an Existing Tree above. Contact us for more information: (718) 965-8965 or email us.

 

Plant a Woodlands Restoration Sapling

$75 to help keep our Park sustainable and green.

To order, click here to order online or download this order form woodlands sapling pdf

Each spring and fall, small saplings are planted in various natural areas in the Park that are being restored. The sapling and its location will be selected by the Prospect Park Natural Resources Crew according to the needs of our forest restoration program. Due to the forest restoration program's large scale planting projects, we are unable to keep track of the sapling's species or location; donors will not know exactly where the sapling has been planted, or the sapling's species. This giving option allows donors to plant a tree in honor of a loved one or special event or milestone for a smaller donation than the other Commemorative Giving options. Your gift will be acknowledged with a special certificate. To plant or adopt your own dedicated tree instead, please see Plant a New Tree or Adopt an Existing Tree above. Contact us for more information: (718) 965-8965 or email us.

 

Adopt a Heritage Tree

There are a handful of special, majestic trees in Prospect Park, referred to as the Heritage Trees. 

These trees, in most cases, can be adopted with a gift of $10,000. Adoption ensures there are funds for the care of these trees.  Contact us for more information: (718) 965-8977 or email us.

 

9/11 Grove

The Living Memorial Project, a program of the USDA Forest Service, has enabled the Prospect Park Alliance to establish a 9/11 Commemorative Grove at the north end of the Long Meadow, near Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.

The Living Memorial Project was designed to create beautiful public sanctuaries for peace and reflection. Thus far, the Project’s $35,000 grant to Prospect Park has allowed the planting of 17 trees and shrubs in the grove area so far, 8 of which were planted in memory of 9/11 victims. The lush grove includes overstory oaks, black gum, and tulip trees; as well as shadbush, magnolia, fringe tree, witchhazel, and holly to fill the understory. The grant also enabled the pruning of existing trees in the area and the installation of eight benches, one of which has been adopted. More plantings will be added over time.

The Grove is also a crucial part of the Alliance’s restoration efforts, as this was a heavily wooded area in the original design of Prospect Park.

A dedication ceremony took place on September 4, 2003. For more information on the Living Memorials Project, please visit www.livingmemorialsproject.net.

Contact us for more information: (718) 965-8977 or email us.

 

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