Subaru Sponsors Springtime Festival

Can’t get to Washington, D.C. to see the cherry blossoms? Be awestruck with their beauty a little closer to home at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia now through April 21. The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts this event, which strives to encourage a better understanding of the cultural, social, and educational customs of Japan and the United States.

The Festival benefits the JASGP Community Tree Planting Project, an ongoing effort to beautify Philadelphia by planting and maintaining cherry trees in area parks. In the spring of 2007, the JASGP finished planting 1,000 cherry trees to supplement the 1,600 flowering trees donated by Japanese government as a gesture of friendship in 1926.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Festival’s schedule of events for when the PHS Plant One Million project will make an appearance. Subaru of America, a sponsor of the Philadelphia International Flower Show for more than 10 years, is the title sponsor of this event and we couldn’t be more proud.

Plant One Million Sponsors Spring Sweepstakes

April is Plant One Million month, meaning it’s a great time to plant a tree! While you’re at it, enter the Plant One Million Spring Sweepstakes to win a fabulous Phillies Prize Pak or one of five runner-up Partner Prize Paks.

Entering the contest is simple. After you participate in a tree planting, visit PlantOneMillion.org to fill out the entry form. You’ll need to include an awesome photo of your new tree to be considered, and creativity counts so make it memorable! The contest closes April 30.

Plant One Million is a regional partnership throughout 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. The goal is to restore the tree canopy cover—the area of land shaded by trees—in the Greater Philadelphia Region to 30 percent.

The tree canopy is the upper branches or crowns of mature trees. Measuring the area of land covered by tree canopy is an important yardstick for a healthy environment, since trees improve air and water quality and help reduce erosion, water pollution, and flooding. Learn more about the benefits of trees.

Good luck to all who enter!

Help Plant One Million this April

If you attended the Flower Show, you may remember seeing a Plant One Million display along the Convention Center concourse. The day of your visit would have determined what the display’s interactive tree looked like. For instance, if you were there on opening day, you may have thought our tree was kinda scrawny. If you came toward the end of the Show though, you were likely blown away by how big it was!

Each leaf of the tree represents an individual or family who has pledged to plant a tree this spring. The Plant One Million display is going to “hit the road” the month of April and make appearances all over the region, including at PHS events like the Meadowbrook Farm Spring Open House and Junior Flower Show.

April is all about trees. And since we intend to plant one million within the next few years, we’re going to share lots of tree-planting info in the month ahead. Stay posted!

Spring Tree Planting Season is Almost Here

Seventy degree days have erased any uncertainty that spring is here! OK, it doesn’t technically begin until March 19, but we’re too excited about upcoming tree plantings to show restraint.

The next few weeks offer lots of community tree plantings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, in Delaware. There is likely one happening near you! Take a look at the handy Plant One Million map to see if there is a tree planting in your area that could use a helping hand.

If you can’t make it to an existing planting, but want to be ready for the fall, take matters into your own hands by enrolling in PHS Tree Tenders training course! This program helps citizens learn how to organize tree plantings and care for trees. This workshop is very important since the survival of a new tree is dependent on people like you.

If you live in Philadelphia and would like to request a street tree, you can do so through Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. The agency accepts requests from individual property owners. You can call 215-685-4360, fill out the form and mail it in, or fill out the form online. To request a yard tree, check out treephilly.org.

For those of you who live elsewhere, contact your local civic association to see if it is coordinating any street tree planting projects. Many get funds from councilmen or state reps. If you are interested in purchasing container trees, you might want to check out the selection at Meadowbrook Farm.

If you do plant trees, don’t forget to have your trees counted on the Plant One Million website. Our current count is more than 152,000 and going strong—with your help we can Plant One Million!

Make a Tree Pledge at the Flower Show

Come see the Plant One Million exhibit at the Flower Show! In case you haven’t committed it to memory, the dates are March 4 – 11, 2012, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Plant One Million exhibit will be located in the Grand Hall Concourse, where you can add leaves to our special tree by pledging to plant a real one! You will have the chance to learn all about the Plant One Million mission, as well as to become a part of the initiative to restore our vital tree canopy in and around Philadelphia.

To help say thank you, we have partnered with Recyclebank, an organization that encourages you to live greener by awarding points when you do good deeds. You can then redeem these points for fantastic prizes! Check it out!

At the Plant One Million exhibit, there will be a Recyclebank kiosk where you can log your pledge and receive points. Just one more reason to plant a tree!

To purchase tickets to the Flower Show and learn more, click here!

Einstein Supports Plant One Million

February isn’t the time of year to plant trees, but the Plant One Million partners are busy making big plans for spring.

And with the tree canopy being threatened in most major U.S. cities, the work of Plant One Million is more important than ever.

Therefore, we are proud to welcome the Einstein Healthcare Network as a Plant One Million sponsor.

“This campaign reflects our enduring commitment to the growing communities we serve,” said Barry R. Freedman, CEO and president of Einstein Healthcare Network. “Einstein has laid deep roots throughout the region and we strive to provide quality growth in the communities we serve, ultimately making them a healthier place to live.”

One tree at a time, the Plant One Million campaign is designed to help reverse the loss of tree canopy cover that has been an unfortunate trend in recent decades. Restoring the canopy cover promotes healthy ecology, and makes the Greater Philadelphia Region a better place to breathe and live. So far, over 100,000 trees have been planted.

Tree Cover in Crisis

As a PHS devotee, you know how beneficial trees are to our health and happiness.  A recent article from The Atlantic online draws our attention to these precious living resources, pointing out that trees improve air quality, reduce temperatures, and lead to increased property values. Trees in urban areas even have a restorative effect on the attention spans of us city-dwellers.

And yet, paradoxically, American cities have not been protecting their tree cover from urban sprawl.

According to a study published in the journal of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, the tree cover in America is steadily declining. This finding was based largely on digital aerial images for at least 1,000 points in 20 large American cities over a set period of time.

These images allowed the researchers to examine the balance between tree coverage and impervious surfaces. (Impervious surfaces refer to roads, buildings, sidewalks, etc.) Since trees are in decline, impervious cover is increasing—leading to the concrete jungle effect. The study found that tree coverage for all 20 cities fell 1.5 percent, with an average annual loss of .37 percent.

Considering how important trees are to our well-being, more needs to be done to protect them. Luckily for us, Plant One Million is fighting the dismaying trend. Check back here tomorrow, because PHS has an exciting announcement concerning our efforts to protect trees!

It’s A New Year for Trees!

At PHS we celebrate trees 365 days a year, but tomorrow we’ll be joined by millions of others thanks to Tu B’Shevat.

Scratching your head? Here’s what painstaking research…OK, fine, a Google search…taught us. Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish holiday that marks a new year for trees. This year it falls on February 7, beginning at nightfall and continuing for 24 hours.

It is roughly this time of year that the earliest-blooming trees in Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. Some people observe the occasion by eating fruit like figs, olives, and dates.

There’s a lot more to Tu B’Shevat, so click here to learn more.

If you want to show your love for trees, head to the Plant One Million website. Right now its featuring a Valentine’s Day promotionthat allows you to donate a tree in honor of your special someone. It’s a gift that’s just as sweet as chocolate (but mercifully free of calories!).