The City of Peculiar Would Like to Invite Residents to
Participate in the New Memorial Tree Program
Memorial Tree Brochure
The Peculiar Tree Board is proud to introduce its Memorial Tree
Program. Planting a tree in a city park is a wonderful way to honor a loved one
and also provides a gift to the whole community. Trees are planted in public
parks so everyone can enjoy the shade, beauty and enjoyment a living tree
provides. A memorial tree can be planted for many occasions: in memory of
someone who has passed away; in honor of a dedicated service member; to
celebrate a birthday, graduation, wedding, retirement, or other occasion. Many
work groups give trees instead of flowers for funerals or as memorials.
Why Plant a Memorial Tree?
A memorial tree can be a living remembrance
of a loved one or a celebration of a happy event. It provides a sense of
belonging and community and the trees are intended to become a part of the native,
natural landscape within the City’s park system and become a Community Legacy.
These trees will increase the beauty of our park system, provide food &
shelter for wildlife, and bring a sense of peace when visiting Peculiar’s
The benefits of the Memorial Tree Program
Who does the planting?
The City of Peculiar Parks & Recreation
Department will plant the trees. After planting, the city will take care of
watering, pruning, mulching, and other tree maintenance. The donating family
will be invited to the planting ceremony and may help in the planting if they
choose to do so.
Where will my tree be planted?
Memorial Trees will be planted in one of
three Peculiar Parks; Raisbeck Park, McKernan Park or City Lake Park. The tree will
be placed in a strategic location within the park that provides shade, shelter,
and an aesthetically pleasing landscape. Site and location will also be
determined by the tree species, giving the tree every opportunity to survive
and become a healthy living part of our park system.
Who chooses my tree?
Memorial Trees will be chosen by the person
or family dedicating a tree. You will have the option of choosing from a list
of Missouri Native trees and popular landscape trees adaptable to the Missouri
soil and climate. Trees will be offered by the Parks & Recreation
Department at a cost of $200 per tree. Each tree will be supplied with a “tree
gator” to help with the summer watering season.
What happens if my tree doesn't live?
Each tree is guaranteed for one (1) year
and will be replaced the Parks and Recreation department at no extra charge should
it die within that year. It is understood once planted; the tree is the
exclusive property of the City which is responsible for watering, fertilizing,
pruning and mulching it as necessary.
How will my tree be recognized?
memorial trees will be listed here on the Peculiar Memorial Tree webpage.
Donor will receive a certificate of planting for the tree.
· The City will not install any memorial plaques, but plaques are permitted at the
individual’s expense. However, the City is not responsible for replacement of
stolen or damaged plaques. Memorial Plaques, if provided by the donor, must be no
larger than 4 x 5 inches and secured in the ground at the base of the tree.
Plaques will be surrounded by mulch to ensure its visibility and protection
from mowers and machinery.
How do I get involved?
Anyone interested in donating a memorial
tree should contact the Peculiar Parks and Recreation office at 816-779-2225.