In talking to my mother today (who is a science teacher) she discussed planting about 13 trees around her high school over the years with students. It brought to mind a few thoughts about trees. First, they are beautiful, they contribute to the health of the Earth, they represent life, and might outlive the person who planted it. Planting a tree in memory or honor of a deceased loved one is a terrific idea.
Recently on vacation in Wales, I saw a tree planted in honor of the inauguration of a king. It was planted in the year 1912 (there was a plaque under the tree). This year it was 100 years old and still looked healthy. I thought back on the people who might have gathered there to plant this tree… people who lived their lives and are now gone… The thought was touching. Certainly, the plaque made of slate was probably replaced at some time.
I have noticed memorials over the years, but most of them have been benches at some city park. They have brass plaques nailed in the back of the chair that reads, “in honor of….”. I had a friend years ago who planted a tree in her yard in memory of a baby she lost by miscarriage. Wanting to find more information on this topic, I came across this article.
In talking to my mom today, she noted that when the weather was hot and dry, she and her husband would make a trip out to school to water the young trees (to ensure their survival). In the article above, you will find tips for planting a memorial tree. I think it is worth the time to research what tree you want to plant, whether or not the climate in your area will sustain the growth of the tree, and the best time of year to plant it. Certainly, going back to check on the health of the tree would be important.
If you have planted a tree in memory of a loved one, I’d like to hear the story.