The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society?s Philadelphia Green Program

Posted by on July 11, 2003

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society?s Philadelphia Green Program

Philadelphia Green, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society?s urban greening program, works with community groups and residents in neighborhoods throughout the City to plan and implement greening projects. The program also partners with private and public organizations to landscape and maintain public spaces in the City?s downtown area and at its gateways.

The Tree Tenders Project

The Tree Tenders project is part of the Philadelphia Green program. In June of 1993, Tree Tenders was created to train city residents to plant and care for trees. Basic training consists of sessions about theory, practical information and hands on experience. Continuing education workshops are held regularly following for graduates.

Currently there are over 1000 Tree Tenders from 85 Philadelphia communities who are tending our urban forest. Tree Tenders have raised more than $250,000 which they have used in planting over 1000 trees and tending close to 10,000.

Tree Tenders is funded by the William Penn Foundation and endorsed by Philadelphia?s Fairmount Park Commission
Wed. Oct. 8,15 & 22 5:45-8:45pm & Saturday Oct. 18th, 10-2pm

Tree Awareness:
Tree Biology
Urban Stresses on Trees
Tree Identification
Basic Tree Pruning and Root Care
Tree Planting

Community Organizing:
grant writing
Working with the media
Finding and Keeping Volunteers
Working with the city

All participants who attend each of the 4 training classes will receive a Tree Tender ID card and T-shirt.Groups (4 or more people from a neighborhood, who attend all sessions) will receive a set of Tree Care tools. The classes are taught by Philadelphia Green staff, as well as other private, educational and government experts.

For more information on Tree Tenders contact:
Mindy Maslin
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 N. 20th St. 5th Fl.
Phila. PA 19103
phone: (215) 988-8844
Fax: (215) 988-8810

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