Dedicated Memorials

Commemorate special people, meaningful events, or memories that have touched your life with a Dedicated Memorial placed at Rotary Botanical Gardens.

Amidst 20 acres of beautiful landscape, bubbling water features, blooming gardens and serene nooks, your gift will hold steadfast in a unique setting throughout the seasons.

All dedications are tax deductible.

All dedications include a private friend/family viewing with waived Garden admission.

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If you would like to make a dedication or have questions about the tribute and memorial program pricing, please send an email to [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I donate a shrub or another type of plant?

We do not accept new plant or shrub donations, but you are welcome to memorialize an existing shrub or plant collection.

Can I hold a dedication ceremony for a Memorial?

A dedication ceremony for any Memorial is welcomed. Such ceremonies must be arranged in advance with Rotary Botanical Gardens staff and may not interfere with previously scheduled events or programs.

Can I place ashes at the site of a Memorial?

Cremated remains may not remain permanently on Rotary Botanical Gardens property.


Engraved Bricks

Remember special moments and loved ones with an engraved brick placed throughout the garden paths.

When you dedicate a brick to the garden, duplicate bricks for your home garden, office, or patio are available at reduced donation.

  • Small – $150 (4” x 8“ 2 lines of inscription. 12 characters per line including spaces and punctuation)
  • Large – $400 (8” x 16” 5 lines of inscription. 20 characters per line including spaces and punctuation)

New Commemorative Tree

Create a living memorial with the gift of a newly planted tree. Speak with the Gardens’ staff to choose from a selection of available tree species and locations. An engraved plaque that includes your personal inscription will accompany the tree.

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Species Availability

The locations, species, and sizes of available New Trees are predetermined by Rotary Botanical Gardens. Currently available:

  • Species: Quaking Aspen
  • Location: Planted in the Winter Walk near the water
  • Cost: $600

Seasonality

Requests to fund a New Tree may be made at any time of the year, however, planting times are determined by Rotary Botanical Gardens based upon best practices for the chosen species.

Typically, tree planting occurs during the spring or fall. Because planting dates are approximate and depend on a variety of factors including weather, RBG cannot accommodate clients during plantings.

Price

The donation amount for a New Tree includes the tree, commemorative plaque, planting expenses, and maintenance.

Replacements

Rotary Botanical Gardens makes every effort to ensure that New Trees thrive. The longevity of a particular tree is difficult to predict as it varies based on species and environmental conditions that are beyond RBGs’ control. If a New Tree fails for any reason within three years of planting, RBG will replace it at no additional cost to the client. If it fails after a period of three years for any reason, it will be the clients’ responsibility to fund a replacement if so desired. Replacement trees shall be governed in accordance with the current conditions, prices, and policies.

Should a healthy New Tree require removal due to a building or construction project, Rotary Botanical Gardens will make reasonable efforts to inform the client. The tree will either be transplanted to another location, or the care will be transferred to a comparable existing tree at no additional cost to the client.


Mature Commemorative Tree

Support and enrich The Gardens with a living dedication to your loved one. Speak with Gardens’ staff to select and adopt an ideal tree that is already thriving in The Gardens. An engraved plaque that includes your personal inscription will accompany the tree.

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Species Availability

Trees for adoption are those that are already in Rotary Botanical Gardens plant connection and that RBG determines are eligible for adoption as Tribute.

Currently available:

Species: Fern leaf Beech
Location: Wellness Garden
Cost: $900

Species: Appalachian Redbud
Location: Scottish Garden
Cost: $900

Species: Paperback Maple
Location: Story Walk
Cost: $1,000

Commemorative Plaque Inscription

A plaque that includes a personalized inscription as well as the common and botanical name of the tree accompanies each Adopted Tree. Plaques will be installed on or near the Adopted Tree in accordance with best practices.

Contact us for plaque dimensions and character limits.

Replacements

Rotary Botanical Gardens makes every effort to ensure that Adopted Trees thrive. The longevity of a particular tree is difficult to predict as it varies based on species and environmental conditions that are beyond Rotary Botanical Gardens’ control.

If an Adopted Tree tails or is removed for any reason within three years of dedication, RBG will transfer the care to a mutually agreed upon comparable tree at no cost to the client. If it fails after a period of 3 years for any reason, it will be the clients’ responsibility to fund a replacement if so desired.

Replacement trees shall be governed in accordance with the current conditions, prices, and policies.


Flower Urn / Planter

Memorialize a large, long shadow planter made of dry cast limestone with rotating seasonal specialty flower displays. An engraved plaque that includes your personal inscription will accompany the planter.

Location: English Cottage Garden
Cost: $2,500


Climbing Rose Pergola

A hand-crafted wooden archway with climbing roses. An engraved plaque with your personal inscription will accompany the rose pergola.

Location: Sunken Garden (center)
Cost: $6,000


Wizard of Oz Garden

Beautifully hand carved wooden characters in a field of red poppies.

Location: Adjacent to Wellness Garden
Cost: $7,500


Flower Art Installation Plaque

Coming soon!


Custom Garden Feature

We are open to hearing your ideas for other Custom Memorials: Water Features, Art Sculptures, Music Walk, Dedicated Paths, Full Garden Area Naming Rights, Specific Flower Species Display.

Please email Kelcie Baior to discuss what you have in mind.