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.
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!
April is almost here, and PHS is excited for a whole month of tree plantings and events through Plant One Million. Details will be available soon, but here is a video to excite and inspire you!
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!
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!