PHS wants to help beautify your neighborhood! Not only will street trees make your block more attractive, they can reduce home heating and cooling costs, improve air quality, reduce storm water runoff, and much more. The PHS/Tree Vitalize Planting Program supports neighborhood volunteer tree planting and applications are now being accepted for the fall of 2013.
To be eligible to apply for trees you must:
- Be an active, approved Tree Tenders group, with at least three people who have graduated from the PHS Tree Tenders class.
- For first-time applicants, at least one representative must attend a training session before you can begin soliciting applications.
If approved, your group will receive:
- Between ten and 100 trees to plant in your neighborhood, based on your group’s request, capacity, and level of experience.
- The number, species, and type of nursery stock (balled and burlapped, container, or bare root) of trees approved will be determined by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and PHS. Bare-root trees will be used wherever possible.
- Cutting and removal of pavement, as needed and as funding allows. However, please note that if the property owner cancels the tree request after submitting the request form and the sidewalk has already been cut, the owner will be held responsible for the cost of replacing the pavement. (Property owners are also responsible for removing any stumps.)
- Tree stakes and arbor ties.
Tree Tenders groups in Philadelphia that are willing and able to organize a neighborhood volunteer tree planting event of at least ten trees are invited to apply. Submitting an application does not guarantee your group will receive trees. Send completed applications, along with signed property owner tree request forms by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013 to: PHS Plant One Million, 100 North 20th Street, fifth floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
The cover sheet and forms are here. For more information about the planting program, please contact Nina Safavi, Plant One Million Coordinator at email@example.com, or call 215-988-1618.
Tree Tenders groups planting for the first time should send a representative to our “Organizing a Tree Planting Training.” To reserve a space in upcoming Tree Tenders training program on Wednesday, February 20 from 6:30-8:00, contact PHS Education Services (firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-988-8845).
While everyone at PHS is looking toward the 2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, we can’t help but feel nostalgic for some of the great events from the past year.
We welcomed 2012 with the sights, sounds, and scents of Hawaii at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. Visitors were awed by the magnitude of the space that was transformed with palm trees, waterfalls, orchids, and hula dancers.
The 2012 Pop Up Garden at 20th and Walnut Streets was a favorite getaway spot for many Philadelphians and visitors to the city. Even though we faced some record high temperatures, it was a welcome oasis to dine, play, or read a book.
Shortly after the close of the Pop Up, PHS hosted our first PHeaSt at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Hundreds of people gathered in our warehouse to sample farm-to-table dishes created by some of the region’s best chefs and growers.
We also enjoyed seeing so many friends and PHS members at our open houses at PHS Meadowbrook Farm, the Fall Garden Festival at the Navy Yard, the new holiday Pop Up shop in Chestnut Hill, the Community Greening Awards–it was definitely a year to remember.
From all of us at PHS, we hope you’ve had the happiest holiday season and we look forward to sharing another year of gardening, greening, and learning with you!
Remember those beautiful birch ornaments we showed you in a recent blog post? Well, they’re up along south Broad Street from Market Street to Lombard Street! The ornaments were designed by the PHS Public Landscape Design and Management team and produced by PennDesign students in an effort to spread holiday cheer while offering a subtle reminder that the public landscape takes careful planning and constant maintenance.
In a recent article on PlanPhilly.com, Nancy Goldenberg, senior vice president of programs and planning at PHS said, “I think the average person walking down the street doesn’t think about who’s maintaining the public landscape. We wanted to do something this year that raises the visibility and profile of the projects PHS has done.”
Kudos to the planners and designers and may next year bring even more decorations and awareness.
Here they are—the 2012 PHS City Gardens Contest winners! Congratulations to all who participated. The judges were treated to so many wonderful gardens full of inspired plant combinations, innovative conservation techniques, and impeccable gardening practices.
These winners were recognized at the 2012 PHS Fall Garden Festival at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where PHS President Drew Becher presented certificates and garden signs. The contest gives Philadelphians recognition for their dedicated and imaginative gardening skills and offers them the opportunity to compete for top honors in several gardening categories. Individual gardeners may enter front yard or back-yard gardens, and gardens grown exclusively in containers. Community gardeners may participate by entering vegetable and flower gardens, urban farms, parks and garden blocks.
Click here for the list of 2012 winners. We’re all looking forward to next year’s contest with great anticipation!
Dedicated civic gardeners were honored at PHS headquarters on Sunday, November 4, as PHS president Drew Becher distributed the 2012 Community Greening Awards. Of the 89 sites nominated from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, 67 were deemed worthy of recognition by the judges. About 20 gardening groups from the Philadelphia area attended the reception and ceremony, receiving award signs that can be placed in their gardens and framed certificates.
Two more award ceremonies will be held, one in Pittsburgh at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and one at the Governor’s mansion in Harrisburg, hosted by Mrs. Corbett.
Becher told the audience in Philadelphia that all too often, projects such as these are left for “someone else to do,” and that these award winners were “just those people.” From a seaside-inspired rooftop garden for seriously ill children to a flowering median strip, the concerted efforts of these volunteers make our neighborhoods more colorful, more beautiful, and healthier. The Community Greening Award acknowledges those who improve their main streets, public parks, train stations, churches, schoolyards, libraries, traffic islands, and the like.
Judges evaluate the sites in July and August based on plant variety, design, use of space, and horticultural practices. Sites that have been recognized in previous years may be evaluated for maintenance. To read the entire list of the 2012 honorees, please click here.
On Friday, November 2, Nancy Goldenberg, senior vice president of programs and planning at PHS, stepped off the roof at 1515 Market Street and rappelled 21 stories—all for a great cause, Outward Bound Philadelphia. As a founder of the local chapter, Nancy said “it remains the proudest achievement of my life.”
Outward Bound is the world’s oldest and largest adventure-based education program. Founded during World War II in Great Britain by progressive educator, Kurt Hahn, Outward Bound now operates more than 40 programs in 29 nations. Using innovative instructional practices in both urban and wilderness environments, Outward Bound inspires participants with opportunities to make positive choices for their futures as students and as members of their communities.
“I do best in these circumstances when I know there’s a fan club sending positive vibes my way and shouts of ‘C’mon Nancy, you can do it,'” she said before the event. A dedicated support group from PHS did just that, and Nancy could see their signs and hear their cheers of encouragement as she descended.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was among the group of more than 70 people who rappelled down the Center City building and helped raise $157,000 for the organization.