On a sunny Saturday morning, May 17, families, friends, volunteers, and employees of Pike County Home Health and Hospice gathered in the parking lot to dedicate newly planted trees.
Memorial Arbor, the collection of ginko, white pine, and sugar maple trees, planted along the perimeter of PCHHH, will stand tall in memory of those who are no longer with us.
Memorial Arbor is the labor of love of Sheila Storts, a secretary at PCHHH. She organized everything leading up to the dedication ceremony.
The arbor is a series of three separate plantings. The ginkos will front the building, along the road. The white pines will separate the building from its surroundings along the back of the parking lot. The sugar maples are planted along the north side of the property.
Storts wanted a way for families to honor their relatives with a living memorial.
She contacted Todd Crane, a local landscaper, who supplied, planted, and will care for the trees. Crane recommended the three types of trees planted specifically for the locations available.
A granite memorial stone, supplied by Wes and Traci Charlton of Finke Monument, will be nestled under the tree.
All 17 of the trees available have been purchased and planted.
The Advanced Greenhouse and Landscaping class at Bowling Green High School, taught by Jason Davis, dug the holes for the trees in order to facilitate planting.
Dale Bowen provided a load of dirt for the planting.
Hospice volunteers provided cookies for the reception which followed the dedication ceremony.
The committee which planned the project included Storts, Joyce Megown, Liz O’Farrell, Dick LaBier, and Art Flynn.