PHS Branches Out with New Tree Tenders Training Course

PHS trains hundreds of residents each year to select, plant and care for trees in their neighborhoods.This October, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) will offer a nine hour course to empower and teach local citizens to care for Philadelphia’s urban forest. As part of a larger campaign to reinvigorate the local tree population, this course will put more eyes and hands on the ground in order to initiate and foster the growth of both new and old trees in the region.

The Tree Tenders training course, offered on 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings, offers practical tools and hands on training covering a variety of arborist skills, including tree planting, identification, and root care. The course also has a focus in community organizing, with benefits for neighborhoods who form a Tree Tenders group with 3 or more participants in the course.

The Tree Tenders program is a crucial part of fulfilling the goals of the Plant One Million initiative from PHS. The plan is to engage citizens, local governments, organizations, businesses and schools in 13 counties in southeast Pennsylvania, south New Jersey and northern Delaware to replace many of the urban trees recently lost to storms and development in the area and restore the region to have a 30 percent tree canopy cover. Though the program has many opportunities for groups and individuals to plant trees, the Tree Tenders program creates a way for citizens to care for those trees and facilitate healthy growth.

Pre-registration for the course is required and classes begin on the evening of October 2. You can register for the Tree Tenders course at Registration is also open for the course starting again in January 2014. Courses will be held at PHS headquarters, 100 N. 20th Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia PA. Learn more about the Plant One Million campaign, including how to plant and register trees on your own property, go to

Sarah E. Adams is an editorial intern at Grid and can also be found working for Bennett Compost at a farmer’s market near you.