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)
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’
Posted by treephilly on February 7, 2014
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.
Happy new tree owners at the tree giveaway event at Columbus Square Playground this past Fall.
Posted by treephilly on January 27, 2014
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
Posted by treephilly on January 19, 2014
We are looking for a TreePhilly Program Assistant for 2014! The position will be full time and temporary (9 months) – please contact us at email@example.com to inquire about the position. Applications will be accepted through January 19th.
You could be the next new TreePhilly team member!
Posted by treephilly on January 6, 2014
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.
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.
Posted by treephilly on December 20, 2013
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.
TreePhilly helped at the Fall Tree Tenders planting with Tree Northeast on November 23rd, 2013. This pic and others are on our Facebook page!
Posted by treephilly on December 2, 2013
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!
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!
Frankford JROTC helped give out free mulch to new tree owners in Overington Park at the Frankford giveaway.
TreeNortheast volunteers helped people choose the perfect tree for their yard at the NorthEast giveaway at the Pennypack Environmental Center.
Posted by treephilly on November 18, 2013
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
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)
Byrd the dog looks after the yard trees at Greenland Nursery in West Fairmount Park!
Posted by treephilly on November 1, 2013
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 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.
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.
Posted by treephilly on October 22, 2013
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).
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)
An American Hornbeam tree at the nursery, waiting for the tree giveaway events in November!
Posted by treephilly on October 15, 2013