The City of Gatlinburg's Parks and Recreation Department and the Gatlinburg Tree Board administer the Memorial Tree Program, which was organized two decades ago.
The purpose of the Memorial Tree Program is to allow individuals, families, or organizations to honor or memorialize loved ones.
A $250 donation includes the cost of a tree, a 4" by 6" bronze plaque, year-round maintenance, and guaranteed survival of the tree.
Trees can be located on City-owned property or at one of the three City Parks. Every request will be accommodated as possible. However, the Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to place the tree at a location that is best suited for the tree.
Trees may be ordered at any time throughout the year, however, the trees will be planted in the optimal season. Those who donate will be notified when the tree and plaque are in place.
The current varieties of trees to choose from are Beech, Oak, and Maple, however, these selections are subject to change.
Plaques are set in concrete and are placed at the base of the tree. Included in the $250 donation, the plaque has two lines with a maximum of 26 characters per line of regular type or 21 characters of bold type. Up to three additional lines may be added for a cost of $15 per line.
For more information on the Memorial Tree Program, please call the Gatlinburg Parks and Recreation Department at 865-436-4990.