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!


PHS Teams with the Phillies for Plant One Million

That’s right! PHS and the Phillies are working together to plant trees as part of Plant One Million!

First off: Phillies fans can sign up for a complimentary tree! If you are among the first 250 respondents, a PHS arborist will be in touch to help you pick out the right tree species for your site.

Tree distribution will take place on Sunday, April 22 from 1 – 3 pm at Citizens Bank Park. You must be registered in advance in order to receive a free tree.

A second way to get in on the Phillies fun is to enter the Plant One Million Spring Sweepstakes. Individuals who plant a tree and submit a photo and caption on could win a Phillies Prize Pak. Click here for details.

The ultimate goal of all this tree talk is to encourage people to plant trees this spring. Collectively we can increase the tree canopy cover—the area of land shaded by trees—in the tri-state area to 30%, the greatest coverage in more than a century.

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 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 Plant One Million Month

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!


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!