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 to enter!


We have extra yard trees!


To see more pictures from our fall yard tree giveaways, visit

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 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! Share your match on social media using the #treeharmony hashtag.

Find your SoulTree at

Find your SoulTree at

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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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.


Help us branch out!

We’re excited to announce a new initiative that will help us branch out and reach even more neighborhoods across the city!


We’re launching the Community Yard Tree Giveaway Program, an opportunity for community groups and local businesses across the city to help restore Phillly’s urban forest and beautify their neighborhoods – starting in their own back yards!


Spring Tree Giveaway Season Wrap-up

Thanks to all of you, we gave away 1,500 free yard trees to over 800 Philadelphians this spring! The demand for trees this spring was unprecedented, proving that Philadelphians are more informed about the benefits of urban trees and more excited about making Philly the City of Arborly Love than ever. We’re already working hard to meet that demand and plan our Fall 2014 giveaways, which will be announced later this summer. Stay tuned for details!

S14 Northeast April 5 - Mindy Maslin (L), Capt. Jeff Ganz with grand daughter Giana (R)

Click here to check out pictures from our spring giveaways by Philly photographer Charles Bouril! To share photos of your TreePhilly yard tree in its new home, send photos to or post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag us @TreePhilly.


Thank You TreeHuggers and Volunteers!

Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to get a tree at the spring yard tree giveaways, and especially to those who volunteered to help!  This spring the giveaways were the most popular they have ever been, and we gave away almost every single tree.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@TreePhilly) to learn about upcoming events where we will be giving away the few leftover trees we have, to learn interesting tree facts, and to see tree pics that people are sharing of their new street and yard trees!

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New American beech tree, about to be planted in the yard with help from Ziggy! From @klulrich on Instagram.


A brand new ginkgo tree planted along the street by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation! By @naomiwildflower on Instagram.

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The Columbus Square Playground yard tree giveaway on Sat. April 12th! By @gridmagazine on Instagram.


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

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