Hertford Tree Memorial

December 10, 2008 at 8:00 am 1 comment

When my grandmother passed away in 2000, her friends got together and planted a pink dogwood tree in Occoquan’s Mamie Davis Park in her memory. What a wonderful, wonderful way to remember a special person and add a little more beauty into this world.

Not too far from my new home, the town of Hertford, North Carolina has embraced that same concept. Adjacent to the Perquiman County Library, they have allotted land to be a Memorial Tree Park. A dedicated space where friends and family have planted trees in memory of loved ones.

Hertford Memorial Tree Park

Each tree in the park is accompanied by a sign with the name of who the tree is in memory of. If you are actively working on improving your tree identification skills like me, then you will be just as thrilled as I was to see the species labeled as well. Your very own cheat sheet!

White Dogwood in Memory of Dorothy White Barbee

Weeping Cherry

Red Oak in Memory of Addie Nixon Jones

Japanese Cherry

Although most of the trees were deciduous, there were some evergreens in the mix. In fact some of the hollies are flourishing so much, they are starting to obscure their purpose.

Flourishing Holly

The most popular trees were by far White Dogwoods. Cherry trees were second. Do you know what that means?!? The Hertford Memorial Tree Park is going to be so very lovely in the spring with all the blossoms.

I can’t wait!

More pictures of the Hertford Memorial Tree Park can be found on my Flickr site.

Hertford Memorial Tree Park

Directions from Elizabeth City, NC
Take 17 South about 14 miles
Turn right at 17 BR/New Hope Road/NC-37
Turn right on Market Street
The Memorial Tree Park is on Market Street between E Academy and W Academy Streets

P.S. In the future, if one is ever inspired to plant a tree in memory of me– I make a humble, prehumous suggestion of a Blight Resistant American Chestnut. We should have those by then!

P.S.S. Yeah, yeah, maybe I don’t love Rhododendrons as much as I thought!

Entry filed under: Hertford, North Carolina, trees.

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  • 1. Season Compare: Hertford Tree Memorial « TGAW  |  April 30, 2009 at 8:03 am

    […] 30, 2009 I’ve been keeping an eye on the Tree Memorial in Hertford, North Carolina, hoping to catch all the cherry blooms. I was there most recently on Easter Sunday. Redbuds and […]


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