Through the Memory Tree program, city residents can honor the memory of a loved one while doing something constructive to make Winston-Salem a better place to live. Call the Recreation Department at (336) 659-4305 and arrange to purchase a Memory Tree.
You can select the type of tree you want planted and the location where you want it planted, as long as it is on city property. A weatherproof tag will be placed around the tree with the name of the person in whose memory the tree has been planted.
Upon request, the city will let you know when the tree will be planted so you can be present. Memory Trees are planted in the spring and the fall, but can be ordered any time. The general cost for the trees range from $57.50 - $95.
You may also purchase memory benches from the department. These are wooden-slatted benches with a plaque. The plaque is placed on the top slat of the bench. The cost is $200 and that includes the bench, the plaque and the installation. Benches may be placed in any city-owned park or strollway.
Please note that trees cannot be planted in Grace Court or Runnymede, as these parks are full and have no further planting room. Also, memory trees may not be planted at Historic Bethabara Park. However, if citizens or community groups are interested in planting trees at Historic Bethabara Park, there is a list of approved trees that might be planted in the park. These trees will not have a plaque.
For more information or to order a tree or bench, call Kim Young, Memory Tree Coordinator at (336) 659-4305.