Memorial Tree Program

The Memorial Tree Program offers families the opportunity to remember their loved ones while enhancing the beauty of Bowling Green parks and cemeteries. By participating in this special program, family members will help designate a memorial planting to honor their loved one and support the beautification of our parks and green spaces.

How the Memorial Tree Program Works

To participate in the program, an individual selects the Memorial Program option best suited to them, and indicates the park or cemetery in which they would like the planting to occur. The Parks Arborist, together with the Cemetery Division Manager and Maintenance Manager, will provide information about available planting sites and proper tree selection for the chosen location. The City Staff will work to provide options that best suit the request while conforming to the City’s horticultural plans.

Register Online Memorial Tree Application (PDF) FAQs

If filling out the PDF, please submit your application to the following address or call 270-393-3111 for more information:

Memorial Tree Program
c/o Parks Arborist
225 East 3rd Ave
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Tree Selection and Planting Locations

Bowling Green Parks & Recreation strives to maintain a healthy and diverse urban forest with long range goals for its success in mind. Tree selections and planting locations are chosen based on species, topography, soil condition, light exposure, mature plant size, and appropriateness for placement in the City’s urban forest and public areas. These factors determined by the Parks Arborist combine to ensure that your memorial planting will continue to thrive for many years to come.

Care for the Tree

The Parks Arborist together with maintenance staff will maintain the tree to the standards set for all park plantings.

Program Options

  • New Tree Planting with Memorial Plaque
    For a sum of $375, a new tree will be planted in memory of your loved one. An engraved 10" x 12" gray granite marker will be placed at the base of the tree.
  • New Tree Planting
    For a sum of $225, a new tree will be planted in memory of your loved one.
  • Adopt an Existing Tree with Memorial Plaque
    For a sum of $200, an engraved 10" x 12" gray granite marker will be placed at the base of an existing tree.

Program Warranty

All options include a 10 year warranty for trees and limited warranty for granite markers.

For additional information, please contact our City Arborist at 270-393-3111
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