Locals come together to plant new memorial tree at DCS

  • Lindsay Johnson, Tom Vanderbilt and Laura Trowbridge (left to right) show off the new weeping cherry tree they planted at the Dublin Consolidated School to replace a memorial tree honoring Elliott and Kathleen Allison that had died. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/27/2018 10:27:46 AM

A memorial tree that was planted in honor of a Dublin couple, who gave much to the education of local children, will live on at Dublin Consolidated School after it was replaced last week. 

Tom Vanderbilt, who serves as the town’s fire chief, said he recently noticed that a weeping cherry tree memorializing Elliott and Kathleen Allison at the school was dying. It is believed that the original tree was planted in the mid-1990s. 

“It was becoming an eye sore,” Vanderbilt said Tuesday. “It’s always sad when you see something like that happen to a memorial.”

While he didn’t know the Allisons personally, he knew of their good deeds in town – specifically their work to teach generations of Dublin students about nature and other topics. 

“They did an awful lot of good deeds in town and taught a lot of kids,” Vanderbilt said. 

Vanderbilt suggested donating and planting a new tree to friends Laura Trowbridge and Lindsay Johnson.

The three have worked together for about four years now, transforming properties “into magical places through innovative hardscapes and uncommon plant material.” Trowbridge is a garden designer, while Johnson owns a garden business, and Vanderbilt has a lot of machinery for landscaping. 

“We call ourselves the ‘Dream Team’ because we have so much fun working together,” Trowbridge said. 

Trowbridge said she was intrigued by the project because her husband – Yankee Publishing President Jamie Trowbridge – had fond memories of the Allison family. 

“He knew the Allisons… he remembers them talking Dublin kids on nature walks,” Trowbridge said. “He remembers them fondly, which is part of why I wanted to help.”

The new weeping cherry tree – planted Sept. 17 – includes a plaque to memorialize the Allisons “whose teaching of music, astronomy, and nature to generations of Dublin school children reached beyond the classroom, awakening a lasting love of nature and unforgettable memories.”

The tree was moved to a sunnier spot on the property, in hopes that it will thrive for years to come. 

The Allisons passed away in in April 1994, less than 24 hours apart according to their obituary.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT. 

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