Fall 2013 Survey Results

THANK YOU so much for filling out our survey for the Fall 2013 Yard Tree Program!  389 of you filled out the survey (!!) – this information is crucial for helping us improve our programming in the future.

Some of you had great advice for how to improve:

  • “Include a pick up location in Roxborough/Chestnut Hill”  (look out for an event this spring at Gorgas Park!)
  • “Would like to have had a reservation for the tree that I wanted.”
  • “Gather volunteers to help elderly homeowners with tree planting.”

We take your advice to heart and will use this advice as best we can! 

 We also heard a lot of wonderful praise for our program:

  • “Every time I have participated in this program, it has been positively a delight thanks to the friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.”
  • “Thank you for all that you are doing to help green Philadelphia!”
  • “This year’s give away was GREAT! The event as very organized and the staff were knowledgeable and helpful. Each year gets better! Wish we had a bigger yard for more trees!”
  • “We enjoyed the program and planted the trees with our grand-daughter – she spoke with your helpers and they told her that she can make muffins with the berries from the serviceberry tree,  she is patiently waiting . . .”

Also, congratulations to the winners of the raffle!  Deborah J. from 19131 and Claudia S. from 19128 will receive a fantastic tote bag from the Fairmount Park Conservancy in return for filling out the survey. 

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Happy new tree owners at the tree giveaway event at Columbus Square Playground this past Fall.

Get Outside on MLK Day

The Martin Luther King Day of Service is on Monday, January 20th and here are a few ways you can get outside and volunteer for Philly’s trees and plants this year:

Historic Fair Hill – Spruce up the gardens at Historic Fair Hill, where abolitionists like Lucretia Mott are buried. End the day by enjoying a bonfire and singing Civil Rights anthems.

Tacony Creek Park – Head outside to Tacony Creek Park to work with the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership! The group will be removing invasive species in Bigham Meadow.

The Woodlands – Remove invasive species and debris from the grounds. Stick around after the event and tour the grounds to see the graves of famous Philadelphians, like painter Thomas Eakins.


Photo from www.thewoodlandsphila.org

Come work with TreePhilly

We are looking for a TreePhilly Program Assistant for 2014!  The position will be full time and temporary (9 months) – please contact us at treephilly@phila.gov to inquire about the position.  Applications will be accepted through January 19th.

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You could be the next new TreePhilly team member!


Tell Us What You Thought!

If you participated in our Yard Tree Program, we want to hear from you (yes YOU, even if you didn’t come and get your tree!).  Please fill out the survey by clicking on the link below and tell us how we can improve our programming.  And everyone who fills out the survey is entered in a raffle to win a free tote bag.

Take the Fall 2013 Yard Tree Survey

If you fill out the survey you will be entered in a raffle to win a free tote bag (above) from our partners the Fairmount Park Conservancy.  The drawing will take place in January.

TreePhilly is on Facebook

TreePhilly now has a Facebook page!  See photos from happy tree owners and get the latest news about TreePhilly programs and events at Facebook.com/treephilly.

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TreePhilly helped at the Fall Tree Tenders planting with Tree Northeast on November 23rd, 2013.  This pic and others are on our Facebook page!

Yard Tree Giveaways a Success!

Our Fall 2013 Yard Tree program came to an end this weekend with the final two giveaways in Frankford and West Oak Lane.  Thanks to all of the community partners, volunteers, and new tree owners that made this giveaway season a success!  We’ve uploaded pictures to our Flickr page, go take a look!

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TreePhilly volunteers and community partners pose before the West Oak Lane giveaway begins.  Apparently there are just too many of us to get in the frame!

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Frankford JROTC helped give out free mulch to new tree owners in Overington Park at the Frankford giveaway.

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TreeNortheast volunteers helped people choose the perfect tree for their yard at the NorthEast giveaway at the Pennypack Environmental Center.


Walk-in participants still accepted at the Yard Tree Program giveaway events

Pre-registration for the Yard Tree Program is now over, but you can still come to the events as a walk-in participant and choose from a limited list of trees!  Check out the events below; we hope to see you there!

Sat. November 9th
12noon to 4pm
Pennypack Environmental Center
8600 Verree Rd. 19115

Sun. November 10th
11am to 1pm
Columbus Square Playground
1200 Wharton St. 19147 (we will be at the corner of 13th St. and Reed St.)

Sat. November 16th
11am to 1pm
Overington Park
4600 Leiper St. 19124 (we will be by the shed close to the Pilling St. side of the park)

Sun. November 17th
12noon to 2pm
West Oak Lane Library
2000 Washington Lane 19138 (we will be on the 74th Ave. side of the library)

Greenland, Byrd

Byrd the dog looks after the yard trees at Greenland Nursery in West Fairmount Park!

Announcing the Fall 2013 TreePhilly Yard Trees!

The trees are in and we are so excited to share them with you! (Pre-register for the Yard Tree Program here)

Click here to find out which trees will be at each event, and to view the tree profiles and pics of what they look like now!  If you pre-register you can choose from all of the trees at the event, but it is first-come-first served, so come with an open mind!  Walk-in participants will not be able to get fruit trees.

Brown Turkey Figs

Brown turkey figs on the trees at the nursery, waiting for you to take them home!  Fig trees will be available at the Columbus Square Playground and Overington Park giveaway events.

Montmorency Fruit (2)

Montemorency cherries on the trees at the nursery.  Sour cherry trees will be available at the Pennypack Environmental Center and West Oak Lane Library giveaway events.



Yard Tree Giveaways in November

Don’t miss your chance to register for the TreePhilly Yard Tree Program!  By pre-registering, you will be able to select from between 8 and 10 trees at each giveaway location, including fruit trees! (Walk-in participants will not be able to get fruit trees).

Click here to learn more and register through October 31st


We will be at the following events giving out trees.  Register now because some of the events will fill up!

Sat. November 9th
Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Rd. 19115)

10am-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm time slots

Sun. November 10th
Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton St. 19147)


Sat. November 16th
Overington Park (4600 Leiper St. 19124)


Sun. November 17th
West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane 19138)

American Hornbeam

An American Hornbeam tree at the nursery, waiting for the tree giveaway events in November!

The City in the Forest

(Before we begin, don’t miss your chance to sign up for your free yard trees!)

Join us THIS MONDAY for a special program launching the new Parkland Forest Management Framework!  “The City in the Forest:  How Urban Nature Changes Lives and Saves the Planet” will be on October 7, 2013 starting at 6pm at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway).  Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis will explain how the Parks and Recreation Department’s new Parkland Forest Management Framework will be a key tool for guiding the management of the city’s natural resources over the next decade, and how local stewards can participate in this work.  Featured speaker and author Emma Marris will highlight her important insights on the new face of nature in the 21st century. She calls on citizens to tend the urbanized environment as a “rambunctious garden,” a hybrid of wild nature and human management.  The evening will include the presentation of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Ruth Patrick Award for Environmental Stewardship to Mayor Michael A. Nutter in recognition of his administration’s leadership in environmental stewardship, including the launch and implementation of Greenworks Philadelphia, the sustainability plan which includes the tree canopy goal that TreePhilly is working with YOU to meet!
City in the Forest
  • 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):
    215 685 4363
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    Northeast Tree Giveaway, April 5, 2014

    Northeast Tree Giveaway, April 5, 2014

    Northeast Tree Giveaway, April 5, 2014

    Northeast Tree Giveaway, April 5, 2014

    Northeast Tree Giveaway, April 5, 2014

    Northeast Tree Giveaway, April 5, 2014

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    Northeast Tree Giveaway, April 5, 2014

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