A Tree Grows in Wilmington

St. Anthony's tree planting

Urban Forest Administrator from the Wilmington Department of Public Works, Mandy Tolino, planted a tree with students at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School in Wilmington to celebrate Arbor Day. Photo by Bob Hunt.

By Marion McParland

The Delaware Center for Horticulture, one of our lead partners in the Plant One Million campaign, celebrated Arbor Day with an event and tree planting at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School in Wilmington on Tuesday, April 29. In attendance at this year’s event were representatives of the Wilmington Department of Public Works, the Delaware Forest Service, the office of the City of Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams, and a few raindrops.

The focus this year was the environmental value of trees. Activities included information about tree climbing careers and safety with Kerns Brothers Tree Service, educational sessions with Ashley Peebles of Delaware Forest Service; and a proclamation by Claude McCrea, director, Wilmington Department of Parks and Recreation. Urban Forest Administrator with the Wilmington Department of Public Works, Mandy Tolino, planted a tree at St. Anthony’s with the students.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture strives to encourage environmental stewardship among Wilmington’s youth. PHS is pleased to partner with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s TreePhilly program, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, and the DCNR TreeVitalize program to plant trees to help achieve our collective vision of a greener and healthier region. Click here to visit the Plant One Million website.

 

 

 

 

 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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Yesterday at Citizens Bank Park we planted a tree as part of our PLANT ONE MILLION campaign. Pictured, from left to right, are the Phillie Phanatic, PHS President Drew Becher, Phillies’ infielder Cody Asche, ARAMARK Regional Director Brian Hastings, and Phillies President David Montgomery.

 

By Marion McParland

Peanuts, Cracker Jack, hot dogs and trees! Yes, trees! Yesterday’s Phillies’ game marked the kick-off of the third season for our Home Runs for Trees” partnership between PHS, the Phillies, and ARAMARK. For every home run hit by a Phillies player at a home or away game this season, PHS will plant a tree in the fall. Since the inception of this program, PHS has planted 298 trees throughout the Philadelphia area.

PHS will also be giving away 200 free trees to Phillies fans this season. Register for your tree on the Phillies website.

“Home Runs for Trees” is part of the PLANT ONE MILLION campaign, an initiative led by PHS to restore the tree coverage in the Philadelphia region, as well as southern New Jersey and the state of Delaware. Next week, in honor of Arbor Day on April 25, PHS will be planting the 300,000th tree of the PLANT ONE MILLION campaign at St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Northeast Philadelphia. Over the weekend of April 26 and 27, PHS Tree Tenders will add 800 trees to the Philadelphia landscape.

You can support the PLANT ONE MILLION campaign by planting trees in your neighborhood or yard, or by making a donation.

For more information about PLANT ONE MILLION, please click here.

Chase Utley Stars in Plant One Million Promo

Chase Utley—the Philadelphia Phillies’ second-baseman and current home run leader—is ready for his close-up! In this short video, Chase speaks to the importance of “Home Runs for Trees.” If you’re unfamiliar with this important initiative involving Plant One Million, the Phillies, and ARAMARK, click below! Go Phils!

Plant One Million Announces Contest Winners!

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A heartfelt “thank you” to all who entered the Plant One Million Sweepstakes contest! The entries were touching, poignant, and sometimes just adorable, with trees being dedicated to a loved one’s memory, the Phillies, a newborn baby, and more. Our winner, Kathleen M., made a fabulous poster and said, “I can’t tell you how wonderful this endeavor by both PHS and the Phillies means to both myself and my neighbors, as well as our wonderful city [Philadelphia]. THANK YOU!”

Kathleen wins a Phillies Prize Pak that includes the home jersey of her favorite Phillies player (how will she choose?), a children’s book on going green signed by Hunter Pence, and a “Red Goes Green” shirt made from recycled bottles!

The five runners-up will receive a P1M Partners Pak (which also includes the coveted Hunter Pence autographed book). Those lucky five are Andrew R., Tracy T., Jeff P., Keith S., and Gary D. Watch Andrew’s video entry below.

Plant One Million is an ambitious multi-state tree-planting campaign, encompassing 13 counties in Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, and parts of New Jersey. To learn more and to add your newly planted tree to the count, click here.

Three PA Counties Receive 3,400 Trees

PHS has teamed up with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to plant 3,400 trees in the City of Chester and Millbourne Borough in Delaware County, Norristown in Montgomery County, and New Hope Borough and Warminster Township in Bucks County. The trees were purchased with a grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVest), an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that provides funding for drinking water programs, storm water management, brownfield assessments, and more.

The planting areas include street corridors, parks, schools, municipal halls, and libraries. In addition to providing shade and energy savings, improving air quality, and revitalizing neighborhoods, the trees will also manage storm water runoff and reduce sewer overflows, protect stream banks, and improve water quality.

Tree-planting ceremonies were held in each community, with local and county officials on hand to promote and support the project. PHS President Drew Becher commented that “PHS is very grateful to PennVest for the generous funding of these plantings and to DVRPC for their partnership in improving the environmental and economic well-being of southeastern Pennsylvania. The trees that are being planted in these five communities are part of a unique multistate campaign, Plant One Million, which will include a wide variety of programs, events, and mass plantings.”

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Support Plant One Million through Science & Stories

Heads up, parents! The next few weeks offer several opportunities to celebrate Earth Day and discover Plant One Million with your family.

First off, make like a tree and “leaf” for the library! Children and their families are encouraged to join a “tree-mendous” program featuring story, song, and more at branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Be sure to bring your library card so you can borrow books, CDs, and DVDs afterward!

The dates, times, and locations are:

Saturday, April 14 at 11 am
David Cohen Ogontz Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library
6017 Ogontz Avenue (Church Lane & Ogontz Ave.), Philadelphia, PA 19141

Saturday April 14 at 1 pm
Wynnefield Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library
5325 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19131

Saturday, April 21 at 11 am
Falls of Schuylkill Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library
3501 Midvale Avenue (Warden Dr. & Midvale Ave.), Philadelphia, PA 19129

Saturday April 21 at 2:30 pm
Northeast Regional Library
2228 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149

In addition to the library, another great place to learn about nature is the Philadelphia Science Festival. The Festival runs for a week, but the carnival on Saturday, April 21 from 11 am to 4 pm will feature more than 80 exhibitors, including Plant One Million. The carnival includes experiments, activities, and live entertainment along Logan Square in Center City Philadelphia. Check it out!