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The Oak Garden at Memorial Park


The Oak Garden was created as the first phase of a future Arboretum at Memorial Park in Lower Makefield Township.  It comprises approximately a two-acre area adjacent to the Garden of Reflection – 9/11 Memorial.  The arboretum offers the community an educational living museum and a passive recreational gathering area.

The Oak Tree was selected as the starter genus in the arboretum collection since it is the chosen symbol of the National tree of the United States. The oak is also known as a symbol of strength and endurance. The life span of oaks typically ranges from 200 to 600 years, with a few species reaching 1,000 years old.

Individual Oak tree species have been planted interspersed throughout the Arboretum, thus allowing for comparison of the characteristics of the species within the Oak genus.

C 2007 Design: Liuba Lashchyk, RA Architect
Design Development: Ellen Saracini, GOR Committee


Oak Species

at the Oak Garden Arboretum


A. Quercus rubra Northern Red Oak

Size: 75’h 60’w – Round,

Fall foliage: Shades of red

Soil condition: Drained to dry


B. Quercus palustris Pin Oak

Size: 70’h 25’w – Pyramidal

Fall foliage: Red to bronze

Soil Condition: Drained to moist


C. Quercus coccinea Scarlet Oak

Size: 75’h 40’w –Irregular crown

Fall foliage: Brilliant scarlet to red

Soil Condition: Drained, moist


D. Quercus macrocarpa Bur Oak

Size: 70’h 60’w – Oval to rounded

Fall foliage: Yellow to brown

Soil condition:: Drained to moist


E. Quercus Pringreen Green Pilar Pin Oak

Size: 50’h 12’w – Fastigiate

Fall foliage: Maroon/red

Soil condition: Drained to moist


F. Quercus phellos Willow Oak

Size: 60’h 30’w – Conical to round

Fall foliage: Yellow to yellow brown

Soil condition: Moist to well drained

Status: Endangered native


G. Quercus imbricaria Shingle Oak

Size: 65’h 50’w – Pyramidal to oval

Fall foliage: Yellow to russet

Soil condition: Moist to well drained


H. Quercus bicolor Swamp White Oak

Size: 50’ h 50’ w –Short trunk, rounded top

Fall foliage: Yellow

Soil condition: Moist, well drained

Status: Threatened Native


I. Quercus alba White Oak

Size: 75’h x 55’ w – Oval to rounded

Fall foliage: Brown to wine

Soil condition: Well drained, fertile


We always appreciate the ever-present support and the endless dedication of Liuba Lashchyk, architect, with her inspiring and uplifting contribution to our community. Thru her vision we now have a special place of transition between the active areas of Memorial Park and the Garden of Reflection. We also appreciate Ellen Saracini for her passion and continued dedication to insure the realization of the Oak Garden.

We are thankful for the support and assistance of the Lower Makefield Park & Recreation Board; Donna Liney, Director Park & Recreation; Members of the Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors; Grace Godshalk, Supervisor and township liaison and through the guidance of Lower Makefield Township manager Terry Fedorchak.

The implementation of the Oak Garden was realized through the generous contributions of numerous community members.  We owe a special tribute of gratitude and appreciation to the following donors:

Mr. Ivan Olinsky, President of Princeton Nurseries, who donated 98 trees

Linda Burkhardt, manager of Feeneys Nurseries, Daniel Fest of Coles Nursery and                                                                                            Kevin Fenning of E & E Nurseries who donated evergreen and deciduous trees  

Dave Fleming and Shady Brook Farm who donated 58 flowering trees.

Cliff Grier of Realty Landscaping for his contribution of the berm construction.

Volunteers from Brickman Group under the leadership of Scott Lieb and Kevin Jakim who planted the trees.

Marrazzo Landscaping who donated labor for planting trees.

Dave Potter of Hanes and Kibblehouse who donated all the stone for the walkways. 

We appreciate the individual timely help of Gina Waltersdorff and Dan Knots, Electrical.  In addition, we are grateful to William Tamburro, RLA for his most helpful comments on the design and to the LMT EAC for their contribution in reviewing the design concept.


Thank you for your donation to the “Remembrance Fund” endowment to help preserve the integrity of this 9-11 Memorial in perpetuity so future generations will have a place to REMEMBER and HONOR those taken from us.

We are a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible and greatly appreciated!