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We’re excited to announce a fun new way to show your love for Philly’s trees! We recently launched #phillytreehugger, a weekly social media contest that challenges Philadelphians to share their Arborly Love. Participating is simple – Just hug a tree, snap a pic, and share on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtag #phillytreehugger for a chance to win a small prize each week! We’ll announce a new winner each Monday. Happy hugging!

Host Your Own Yard Tree Giveaway!

Fall 2014 Grantees Berachah Baptist Church and PURC

Fall 2014 Grantees Berachah Baptist Church and PURC

Last fall, we launched the Community Yard Tree Giveaway Program, an exciting new TreePhilly initiative that empowers community groups to help restore Philadelphia’s urban forest – starting in their own back yards. The effort was a huge success. We gave out five grants, and our grantees in turn gave out over 300 free yard trees to Philadelphians – exceeding our goal of 250 by more than 20%.

The community-based giveaways were so successful that we are expanding the program this spring! In addition to hosting three citywide yard tree giveaways (to be announced soon!), we will provide seven grants to community groups and local businesses to host giveaways in their neighborhoods this April and May.


Six Winter Tree Care Tips!

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Winter – which brings drought, toxic de-icing salts, and extra weight in the form of snow and ice – can be a dangerous time for city trees. Although they are dormant in winter, trees still benefit from little extra TLC during these cold and snowy months! Here are a few tips to help you and your arborly friends make it to spring.


Announcing the Trees of Philly Story Contest Winners!

Gail Parker w Margy the tree, Danny the dogWe are excited to announce the winners of our first-ever Trees of Philly Story Contest! The contest garnered close to 120 stories from tree huggers across the city.

Although each story submitted made it clear that Philadelphia is a city of tree lovers, Gail Parker’s story about her tree “Margy,” named in honor of her late cousin, was selected as the contest winner. Parker will receive nearly $300 worth of gardening supplies donated by Primex Garden Center in Glenside.

Second place went to Laura Jamieson’s story about her family’s plum tree, and honorable mentions went to Katharine Novak, Leslie Willis-Lowry, and Dr. Don Stoltz. All winners and honorable mentions will receive prizes donated by Primex and Yards Brewery Company. Check out all the winning stories and photos below!


Share your Tree Story, win $300 in gardening supplies!

trees-of-philly-story-contest-blogWe are excited to announce the first-ever Trees of Philly Story Contest! We want to hear about the fascinating trees of Philadelphia and what they mean to you. Maybe your story is about the free yard tree you just picked up at one of our fall giveaways, maybe it’s about a tree you love to read under in your neighborhood park, or maybe it’s even about a tree you remember climbing as a child. Whatever your tree story is, we want to hear it!

Submit your Trees of Philly story along with a photo by November 10 for a chance to win $300 worth of gardening supplies! We’ll also select a few honorable mentions to receive a Philly- and tree-themed prize pack. Some of our favorite stories will appear on our new website, which will be launched in December 2014.

Please visit treesofphillystories.com to enter!


We have extra yard trees!


To see more pictures from our fall yard tree giveaways, visit flickr.com/treephilly.

Our citywide giveaway events are over, but you can still get a free yard tree this fall! Please join us at one of the four events listed below to pick up a free tree to plant in your yard. For more information, email us at treephilly@phila.gov or call us at (215) 683-0217. For a list of available species, click here.


Registration closed, but you can still get a free yard tree!

Registration for our Fall 2014 Yard Tree Giveaways is now closed, but there are still two ways to get a free yard tree this fall.


Walk-InsWe will accept walk-ins at the end of each giveaway event while supplies last and on a first-come, first-served basis. Please click here for dates, times, and locations.

Community Giveaways: TreePhilly’s new Community Yard Tree Giveaway Grants empower community groups to restore Philly’s urban forest – starting in their own back yards! This fall,  five local groups are holding their own Community Yard Tree Giveaways, each offering 50 trees to their friends and neighbors! Please contact each group directly for more information and to register. Click here for details.

And remember, you can always find your SoulTree at treeharmony.org! Share your match on social media using the #treeharmony hashtag.

Find your SoulTree at TreeHarmony.org

Find your SoulTree at TreeHarmony.org.

Having trouble choosing a yard tree to love? Check out TreeHarmony, where you can take a fun personality quiz to get matched with your SoulTree. That’s right – the yard tree of your dreams is just a few clicks away…

After getting matched with the leafy single that’s just right for you, register to pick up your tree at one of our yard tree giveaways. Remember to share pictures of you and your new SoulTree using #treeharmony on Instagram and Twitter!


Fall Yard Tree Giveaways!

The time has come TreeHuggers, the Fall 2014 Yard Tree Giveaways are here!


TreePhilly is happy to offer free yard trees to Philadelphia residents for another season.  In partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Wells Fargo, we will be giving away 1,500 yard trees to Philadelphia residents at 4 giveaway events all across the city.  At each event there will be tree planting and care demonstrations and free mulch for you to take home with your tree.


Announcing the Community Yard Tree Giveaway Grant Winners!

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August 18, 2014 - We are excited to announce the winners of our Fall 2014 Community Yard Tree Giveaway Grants!  Together with TreePhilly, these dedicated community groups are helping to restore Philly’s urban forest – starting in their own backyards.


  • Welcome

    TreePhilly connects Philadelphia residents with the resources they need to plant and care for trees and to grow our urban forest.

    TreePhilly Program
    Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
    One Parkway, 10th Floor
    1515 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    P: 215.683.0217
    F: 215.683.0205

    For questions about street trees (trees in the sidewalk along the street):
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