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
(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!
Posted by treephilly on October 4, 2013
Registration for the Yard Tree Program is open until October 31st.
On September 18th TreePhilly community partners, volunteers, and tree recipients celebrated the planting of the 100,000th tree since the beginning of Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration in 2008! 25 community groups were honored for their partnership in the TreePhilly Yard Tree Program and other programs with a framed certificate, signed and presented by Mayor Michael Nutter. We also celebrated Wells Fargo’s continued commitment to the Yard Tree Program with a check presentation (which will mean lots more yard trees in 2014!). And none of it would have been possible without the amazing Fairmount Park Conservancy. Check out the full set of photos here.
TreePhilly community partners raise their fists in the air, “Rocky style” to celebrate the planting of 100,000 trees, 25% of which were planted by volunteers!
Al, Kim, and Theo receive an award from Mayor Nutter for their tree-planting work as part of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association.
Posted by treephilly on September 27, 2013
Help make Philly a City of Arborly Love by requesting a free yard tree through our Fall 2013 Yard Tree Program. Individual property owners can request up to 2 free yard trees and religious or community organizations can request up to 10 free yard trees. Also this fall, for the first time, we will have a limited number of fruit trees! Register between now and October 31st, and pick up your tree at one of the four events in November (11/9, 11/10, 11/16 or 11/17). You must pre-register to be eligible for a fruit tree, but tree choice is first-come, first served, you cannot pre-register for a specific type of tree.
REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE TREE NOW!
The Arthur family and their Eastern Redbud tree. Planted in spring 2012, photo taken spring 2013.
Posted by treephilly on September 13, 2013
We recently received an update from one of our TreePhilly Yard Tree Program participants – Elsie Stevens, President of the Holme Circle Civic Association said:
“attached are photos of the Spring 2013 TreePhilly program trees that members of the Holme Circle Civic Association planted in the Old Crispin Cemetery (a.k.a. Thomas Holme Cemetery) in the 3000 block of Holme Avenue at Convent Road, Northeast Philadelphia. We have transformed a trash and weed infested cemetery with fallen trees into one which is an asset to our neighborhood with newly planted trees, shrubs and flowers . . . thank you for making this program available to us.”
Elsie has been watering the trees during this hot summer with jugs of water that she brings to the site in her car (!) and the entire project has been made possible with volunteer labor and donated materials. What an incredible feat, and a dedicated group of people!
Registration for the Fall 2013 Yard Tree Program will open on September 18th, check back here for more details in the meantime. Property owners in the City of Philadelphia can register for two trees per address, or up to ten trees for community spaces.
Posted by treephilly on August 9, 2013
This week the TreePhilly team visited a nursery to start choosing trees for the Fall 2013 Yard Tree Program! We will be expanding our species selection with some exciting additions this fall, see if you can identify any of them in the pictures below. Registration for the Yard Tree Program will open in mid-September, and pickup events will be in early November. Stay tuned for more info as the fall season approaches!
Posted by treephilly on July 17, 2013
In Fall 2013 TreePhilly is partnering with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tenders® Program to offer free bare root yard trees for Tree Tenders community plantings! This is an exclusive opportunity for recognized Tree Tenders groups only (see below to find out how you can start your own Tree Tenders group). Tree Tenders can use this opportunity to organize yard tree plantings for residential properties, community facilities or faith-based institutions in their community.
Register to participate in the program here.
After each Tree Tender group applies to the program, TreePhilly staff will send the group leader individual property owner request forms and a spreadsheet that the Tree Tenders group will submit to TreePhilly with their final order. The bare root yard trees will be distributed along with the bare root street trees on Nov. 18th for large Tree Tenders fall plantings on Nov. 22nd or 23rd.
Not a Tree Tenders Group Yet?
You can organize your community to start a Tree Tenders group and take advantage of tree planting opportunities like this and more! The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tenders program offers hands-on tree care training in the five-county Philadelphia region. The training covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care and working within your community. The next training will be held at PHS, 100 N 20th St., 5th Floor, Philadelphia PA on Wednesdays, October 2, 9, and 16 from 5:45-8:45pm. Click here to find out more about becoming a Tree Tender!
(Nina Safavi from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society demonstrates how to plant and care for a tree at the TreePhilly Yard Tree Program at the New Kensington CDC Garden Center in April, 2013)
Posted by treephilly on June 7, 2013
Thank you to everyone who came out to get their trees at our Spring 2013 TreePhilly Yard Tree Program events, and a special thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers! We had a record pick up rate and many more walk-in participants than in years past, so most of our trees are now in good homes. In addition, our Arbor Day volunteer tree planting event last Friday was a huge success (pics below). Keep checking the website for information about tree planting and care, there are many more ways to get involved with Philadelphia’s urban forest!
(Volunteers from Wells Fargo and students from Chester Arthur School mulch a newly planted tree at Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia on Arbor Day)
(Mayor Michael Nutter and students from Chester Arthur School celebrate Philadelphia’s status as a Tree City for the 37th consecutive year!)
Posted by treephilly on April 29, 2013