Monthly Meeting Reminder for January

special brew just for you


All folks are welcome to attend – we’re not exclusive!  We’d love to have you come be a part of the amazing work going on within the cemetery and in the efforts to restore the Dickson Memorial Chapel.  We hope that you join us.


New Year, New Updates

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), one of several growing in Greenlawn Cemetery.  Native to China, this deciduous conifer species is known as a “living fossil” — it is the only species in its genus that is not extinct.

Happy New Year from the Friends of Greenlawn!

Being a new year, it means that we have a few new updates.  The first update concerns where our monthly meetings happen.  At the end of 2018, Salem celebrated the opening of their brand new senior center, the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, located at 401 Bridge St.  This means that we will *no longer* be meeting at the old Council on Aging on Broad St — our monthly meetings will now be held at the new Bridge St senior center.  We still meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.  Please note – only the *location* has changed.

Another wonderful update that we have for you concerns our tree map.  (Did you know we have a map highlighting many of the wonderful trees within Greenlawn?  Well, we do!)  A few years back, the kind folks at Mass in Motion with the help of Charlie Lipson created a map showcasing Greenlawn’s trees.  Trees located on the map have labels on the trees themselves, providing an opportunity to learn about and view the many different species located within the cemetery.  The original map was amazing but its popularity had grown beyond it’s capacity and with many thanks to John Pelletier, the map has been updated and is now located at a new site, linked below:

Greenlawn Cemetery Tree Map

The link to the tree map will also be included soon on a tab at the top of the website so it will be easier to access it without having to scroll through past posts.  An update will be posted here to highlight the addition once complete.  In the meantime, feel free to explore our new tree map and to come on by the cemetery and see if you can locate some of the trees shown on the map.  As a reminder, Greenlawn is first and foremost a cemetery, so we just ask that folks respect it as such.  The trees will be awaiting your visit…  🙂



Our History & Nature Scavenger Hunt is just days away!

The Friends of Greenlawn Fall Event


This year’s fall event is a free family friendly History & Nature Scavenger Hunt featuring all things Greenlawn where folks can learn about the history of the cemetery and those connected to it as well as the natural elements of this unexpected sanctuary from all things urban and developed.  This event runs from 10:00AM until 1:00PM and the Dickson Memorial Chapel and adjacent Conservatory Garden will be open for viewing and mingling during that time.  There will also be a free raffle to enter for prizes.  Parking is available along Orne St for easy access to the Orne St gate – from there, the Chapel is just to the left and behind the main office building (brick building just inside the gate).

Feel free to bring yourself, your family, your friends – we look forward to seeing you there!  If you have any questions, please contact us here.

Attention – UPDATE – No Meeting Tomorrow Night

Due to the weather being disagreeable tomorrow night, our FOG Monthly Meeting has been CANCELLED.  The Salem Senior Center is in transition at this time – the old location has been closed and the new location is not yet open for public meetings.  As such, we were going to meet at the Dickson Memorial Chapel in Greenlawn Cemeter, but the weather is not cooperating.  We will let you know when the next FOG meeting will be.  We usually meet on the last Tuesday of the month unless otherwise notified.
Again – our monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Dickson Memorial Chapel has been CANCELLED.

September Meeting Reminder



We’ve got a treat for you this month – due to the Salem Council on Aging being in transition from its former Broad St location to the new location on Bridge St, we will be holding our monthly meeting this Tuesday, September 25th, at the historic Dickson Memorial Chapel located at Greenlawn Cemetery.  We will still be meeting at 6:30PM.

There is limited parking along the cemetery road by the chapel as well as parking available along Orne St.  To find the chapel, please enter at the Orne St gate and you will see the chapel off to the left and behind the main office (which is the brick building just inside the gate).

All inclusive, all are welcome – we hope to see you there!


Conservatory Garden is ready for Fall

Summer gardens might be winding down but thanks to the kindness of friends last Saturday, the Dickson Memorial Chapel Conservatory Garden is just putting on its autumn glory!

Here’s a before and after shot to highlight what a difference a few hands made last Saturday:

The Conservatory Garden before


…and after the love.


It truly is amazing how just a bit of weeding, pruning, and laying down some fresh mulch can really revitalize a garden.  I wonder if Mrs. Dickson would be pleased to see how lovely her garden looks!


Dave and Denise lay down new mulch


Grant Wood had his “American Gothic” – we bring you “Dickson Gothic”


The Friends of Greenlawn would like to thank Denise and Dave for joining Christine last weekend and lending their hands to the tending of the garden that Mr. Dickson so lovingly created for his wife, Mrs. Dickson.  Thank you to the fairy weeder who magically appeared in secret the day before mulch was laid.  We also cannot forget to thank Sean McCrea and his team for supplying the mulch and for everything else they do for Greenlawn Cemetery.

Conservatory Garden Beautification



The Friends of Greenlawn will be gathering next Saturday at the Dickson Memorial Chapel so we can shower some love on the Conservatory Garden in anticipation for our upcoming fall event.  Please join us for some weed pulling and garden cleanup -the date is September 15, 2018 and we’ll be there from 9:00AM to 12:00PM.  We will provide water, some gardening tools, and leaf bags for the weeds.


What DO those FOG people do?

Have you ever wondered what goes on “behind the scenes” with the Friends of Greenlawn?  Curious about what we do?  Curious about how you can come “do” with us?  🙂

Let it be a mystery no more and come join us!  We’re not exclusive – we’d love for you to come on down and join us for our monthly meetings.  We generally meet the last Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted, at 6:30 PM, in Salem, MA.

In fact, what are you doing tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 28th)?  We’re having our August meeting at 6:30 PM at the Salem Council on Aging located at 5 Broad St in Salem.  Come help us plan our September scavenger hunt!  It’s going to be great!

Another successful event



Our Spring tour, “Artists, Authors, and Poets”, was a success!  It was so great to see the number of folks who turned up to show and share their love and appreciation for this beautiful space in the midst of urban Salem.

A big thanks to our tour leaders, Charlie and Polly, who always make each walk through Greenlawn feel like a refreshingly new experience as there is so much to learn and see and their knowledge is vast.

If you weren’t able to make it to the tour, don’t fret!  There is a self tour available until otherwise notified – maps can be found in front of the Dickson Memorial Chapel.  Each map contains a number or letter designation that corresponds to a marker placed at the site and you can read all about Greenlawn’s artists, authors, and poets!