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The Flower Show

PHS Tree Tenders to Plant Over 1,100 Trees from April 16-21, 2024

April 08, 2024

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Tree planting

No experience is needed to volunteer and plant trees  
in your neighborhood or the region!  

PHILADELPHIA, PA- April 8, 2024 - The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) will celebrate Earth Day by planting trees throughout the Greater Philadelphia area from April 19 - 21, 2024, with assistance from more than 75 of its PHS Tree Tenders groups, neighborhood volunteers, and community organizations. Over 1,100 trees are to be distributed and planted over one week. 

PHS is on a mission to build the Philadelphia region’s tree canopy and promote healthier, greener communities through this semi-annual initiative.  

Tree canopy, or the amount of land shaded by trees, has been scientifically proven to improve health and well-being outcomes in communities, including leading to a decline in heat-related illnesses and lower rates of violence. A healthy tree canopy coverage is thought to be 30% of the total land area. The city of Philadelphia only has 20% coverage overall, and in certain neighborhoods, tree canopy is as low as 2.5%. These startlingly low figures have prompted PHS to commit to increasing tree canopy throughout the region, especially in areas with few trees and higher than average temperatures. 

There are two opportunities where volunteers can assist. 

  1. Sorting and distribution of trees from April 16-19 

  1. Planting of trees from April 19-21 

To learn more, please visit  here.

PHS is seeking volunteers to participate in tree distribution days, which will take place between April 16-19. During these dates, volunteers, led by PHS staff, help unload 1,100 bare root trees, sort, and assist in distributing these trees to neighborhood Tree Tenders groups. To sign up to volunteer during a Tree Distribution Day, please visit this link:

How to Use This Link: 

  1. Find a shift and job role that suits your schedule and click the red “Sign Up” button on the right-hand side. 

  1. Follow the prompts to log in or create a VolunteerHub account to complete your registration. 

No prior expertise is necessary for volunteers to participate in the tree planting process, which usually takes 3 hours at the specified location. A PHS Tree Tenders group leader will be present at all planting sites to guide and encourage volunteers. Everyone is asked to bring hand sanitizer, gloves, closed-toed shoes, a water bottle, and, if they have one, a shovel. Planting tools such as shovels, pickaxes, brooms, garbage bags, and other items will be supplied on-site. Participants are also advised to dress appropriately as plantings will take place rain or shine. 

Visit the link below to sign up for a tree planting event near you.

How to use this link:

1. View the map to find the BLUE pinpoints where volunteers are still needed.  
2. Click on the pinpoint for the time and location of the planting event. 
3. Follow the link or reach out to the contact person provided to sign up. 

If a tree planting is not happening in your area, please consider joining one of these community plantings most in need of volunteers:  

Southeastern PA 


You can find all of these planting events and more at this map link: https://phsonline.org/tree.  

PHS Tree Tenders Training 
The PHS Tree Tenders’ semi-annual training program provides low-cost instruction in tree care to individuals and volunteer organizations. To date, over 6,500 people have become certified PHS Tree Tenders, helping plant over 30,000 trees in Greater Philadelphia neighborhoods since the program's debut over 30 years ago. For more information on how to become a PHS Tree Tender in your neighborhood, visit: https://phsonline.org/programs/tree-programs/get-involved 

More Trees Please Donations Campaign 
By contributing to the PHS More Trees Please donations effort, you can join PHS in its effort to plant trees in the Greater Philadelphia area. PHS collaborates with volunteers from across the Greater Philadelphia region each spring and fall to plant trees at little or no cost to local residents. Contributions to "More Trees Please" are essential for supplying the financing for the trees, equipment, and supplies required to make these plantings feasible. Find out more at PHSonline.org/patrees 

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization founded in 1827, uses horticulture to advance the health and well-being of the Greater Philadelphia Region. PHS programs create healthier living environments, increase access to fresh food, expand access to jobs and economic opportunity, and strengthen deeper social connections between people. PHS’s work spans 250 neighborhoods; an expansive network of public gardens and landscapes; year-round learning experiences; and the nation’s signature gardening event, the Philadelphia Flower Show. PHS provides everyone with opportunities to garden for the greater good as a participant, member, donor, or volunteer. For information and to support this impactful work, please visit PHSonline.org

Several groups support PHS's efforts to improve the quality of life in the city and region and strengthen community connections. PECO provides crucial support for PHS Tree Tenders activities, PHS Tree Tenders plantings, and the PHS initiative to restore the area's tree canopy. 

Additional sponsors include AQUA an Essential Utilities Company, Arbor Day Foundation, AstraZeneca, Bartlett Tree Experts, Bank of America, the HBE Foundation, Penn Treaty Special Services District, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council, Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity, Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development, The Philadelphia Phillies, and Truist.