The yard tree giveaways are here!

If you pre-registered for the giveaway events, don’t forget to come pick up your trees this month!

Pre-registration for the spring giveaways is over, and due to unforseen enthusiasm for trees this spring (could it have been that looooooong winter we had?) we will not longer be able to accept walk-in participants at any of our events.  Please stay tuned to the website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for info on the fall tree giveaways.

 

Learn about our Spring 2014 yard trees!

There are ten days left to pre-register for the Spring 2014 TreePhilly Yard Tree Program!

Register here!

And now you can take a look at the facts sheets for all 11 of our Spring 2014 yard trees and start deciding which tree or trees are best for your yard!  But don’t worry because  we will have experts available at each event to help you choose the right tree for the right place.  You can also check out this webpage from the International Society of Arboriculture for more information about choosing the right tree for you.

Spring 2014 Yard Tree Fact Sheets

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Dolgo crabapple is one of the small flowering trees that will be available at the Spring 2014 yard tree giveaways.

TreePhilly Makes Arborly Love

Mayor Nutter and the Spokes-tree agree: Philly is the City of Arborly Love!  Now sign up to get your free trees from TreePhilly today!

Register for free trees here

At the tree giveaway events in April, choose from 11 different tree species including several fruit trees.  Get up to two trees per property and up to 10 for community spaces!  Get free planting demonstrations from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and bring home free mulch with your trees.  Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome at all events (except where noted).

Spring 2014 press conference

The Spokes-tree had his moment in the limelight at the press conference on Thursday, February 20th, along with Mayor Nutter and representatives from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Wells Fargo, and Masterminds Agency.

Mayor Nutter made arborly love!

Mayor Nutter loves TreePhilly!  Thanks to Masterminds Agency for making arborly love with us!

Yard Tree Giveaway Schedule:

  • Saturday April 5th, 10am to 12noon and 12noon to 2pm (pre-registration only), 2 to 4pm (walk-ins welcome!), Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Rd. 19115)
  • Sunday April 6th, 12noon to 2pm, West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane 19138)
  • Saturday April 12th, 10am to 12noon, Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton St. 19147)
  • Saturday April 12th, 10am to 12noon, Bartram’s Garden (54th and Lindbergh Blvd. 19143)
  • Saturday April 12th, 12noon to 2pm, Hunting Park Recreation Center (900 Hunting Park Ave. 19140)
  • Sunday April 13th, 12noon to 2pm, Gorgas Park (6300 Ridge Ave. 19128)

Spring 2014 Tree List:

American beech – Fagus grandiflora
White oak – Quercus alba
Red maple – Acer rubrum
Sassafras – Sassafras albidum
Dolgo crabapple – Malus x ‘Dolgo’
Winter King hawthorn – Crataegus viridus ‘Winter King’
Serviceberry – Amelanchier laevis and A canadensis
Moorpark Apricot – Prunus armeniaca ‘Moorpark’
Brown Turkey Fig – Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’
20th Century Asian pear – Pyrus pyrifolia ’20th Century’
Contender peach – Prunus persica ‘Contender’

TreePhilly Kickoff Thursday 2/20, 9:30am in Love Park!!

Join the TreePhilly team at Love Park on Thursday, February 20th at 9:30am to kick off our spring tree giveaway season!  We will announce the schedule of giveaway events (register here) and hear from the Mayor and the TreePhilly “spokes tree!”  If you come to the kickoff event and sign up to be on our email list you can get a special City of Arborly Love tee shirt!  (while supplies last)

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The City of Arborly Love Tree Truck will also be at the kickoff event, come check it out!  We will be driving around the city this spring giving away trees in this truck, so stay tuned to social media for updates on when the tree truck will be in your neighborhood!

 

Dreaming of Spring?

Start thinking about your spring garden and register for a free tree!

Register here.

At the tree giveaway events in April, choose from 11 different tree species including several fruit trees.  Get up to two trees per property and up to 10 for community spaces!  Get free planting demonstrations from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and bring home free mulch with your trees.  Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome at all events (except where noted).

Yard Tree Giveaway Schedule:

  • Saturday April 5th, 10am to 12noon and 12noon to 2pm (pre-registration only), 2 to 4pm (walk-ins welcome!), Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Rd. 19115)
  • Sunday April 6th, 12noon to 2pm, West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane 19138)
  • Saturday April 12th, 10am to 12noon, Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton St. 19147)
  • Saturday April 12th, 10am to 12noon, Bartram’s Garden (54th and Lindbergh Blvd. 19143)
  • Saturday April 12th, 12noon to 2pm, Hunting Park Recreation Center (900 Hunting Park Ave. 19140)
  • Sunday April 13th, 12noon to 2pm, Gorgas Park (6300 Ridge Ave. 19128)

Spring 2014 Tree List:

American beech – Fagus grandiflora
White oak – Quercus alba
Red maple – Acer rubrum
Sassafras – Sassafras albidum
Dolgo crabapple – Malus x ‘Dolgo’
Winter King hawthorn – Crataegus viridus ‘Winter King’
Serviceberry – Amelanchier laevis and A canadensis
Moorpark Apricot – Prunus armeniaca ‘Moorpark’
Brown Turkey Fig – Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’
20th Century Asian pear – Pyrus pyrifolia ’20th Century’
Contender peach – Prunus persica ‘Contender’

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Contender peach at the nursery, just waiting for the tree giveaways so it can go home with someone special!

Make Arborly Love this Valentine’s Day

DUE TO THE WEATHER, THE PRESS CONFERENCE PLANNED FOR 2/14/14 HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  STAY TUNED TO THE WEBSITE AND TREEPHILLY SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THE NEW DATE AND TIME!

Join the TreePhilly team at Rittenhouse Square next Friday, February 14th at 12noon to kick off our spring tree giveaway season!  We will announce the schedule of giveaway events (see below) and hear from the Mayor and a special “green” guest.  If you come to the kickoff event and sign up to be on our email list you will get a special City of Arborly Love tee shirt!  (while supplies last)

Love Notes

Look for special love notes hung in the trees in Center City next week before our kick off event – the trees will be telling us how much they love us!  Take a picture and #treephilly to show that you love them back.

Yard Tree Program Schedule:

  • Saturday April 5th, 10am to 12noon, and 12noon to 2pm, Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Rd. 19115)
  • Sunday April 6th, 12noon to 2pm, West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane 19138)
  • Saturday April 12th, 10am to 12noon, Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton St. 19147)
  • Saturday April 12th, 10am to 12noon, Bartram’s Garden (54th and Lindbergh Blvd. 19143)
  • Saturday April 12th, 12noon to 2pm, Hunting Park Recreation Center (900 Hunting Park Ave. 19140)
  • Sunday April 13th, 12noon to 2pm, Gorgas Park (6300 Ridge Ave. 19128)

Mark your calendars! More information about the Yard Tree Program can be found here.

Here are the trees that will be available at the spring giveaways:

American beech – Fagus grandiflora
White oak – Quercus alba
Red maple – Acer rubrum
Sassafras – Sassafras albidum
Dolgo crabapple – Malus x ‘Dolgo’
Winter King hawthorn – Crataegus viridus ‘Winter King’
Serviceberry – Amelanchier laevis and A canadensis
Moorpark Apricot – Prunus armeniaca ‘Moorpark’
Brown Turkey Fig – Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’
20th Century Asian pear – Pyrus pyrifolia ’20th Century’
Contender peach – Prunus persica ‘Contender’

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.

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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.

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