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Plant a Tree in Delaware!


At the height of the fall planting season on Saturday, November 5, several organizations across Delaware will be planting trees and selling native trees as part of the tri-state initiative to Plant One Million. Each of the organizations coordinating the three events (Delaware Center for Horticulture, White Clay Wild & Scenic, and Delaware Native Plant Society) is also a member of the newly formed Delaware Tree Coalition.

Old New Castle

The Delaware Center for Horticulture (TheDCH) will be planting 40 trees in Old New Castle with the help of more than 40 volunteers from the community. These new trees will add shade and beauty to the city’s parks, streets, and open spaces. This project is one of nearly 1,000 events across the nation celebrating NeighborWoods Month.

“TheDCH will involve the Old New Castle community for the first time in Plant One Million,” says Jen Bruhler, TheDCH Assistant Director of Urban Forestry. “Much of the city’s historic character can be attributed to its trees, and we are excited to help maintain that tradition. New Castle has been identified by the Delaware Forest Service as a priority area in need of additional tree canopy.”

For more information, contact Bruhler at 302.658.6262 x107 or jbruhler@thedch.org


White Clay Creek in Newark

Volunteer at 10am, rain or shine, for a tree planting along the banks of White Clay Creek near the historic Hale Byrnes House, 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, Del. This new buffer planting of 10 trees and 60 shrubs will help protect the tidal portions of the creek bank. Bring your own shovel and gloves, lunch will be provided.

Contact Jennifer Egan at 302.737.6590 or riveradministrator@whiteclay.org

Native Tree and Plant Sale in Dover

The Delaware Native Plant Society invites all gardeners to attend its annual native plant sale at the St. Jones Research Reserve at 818 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover. Hundreds of native trees, shrubs, herbaceous species, ferns, vines and grasses will be available at reasonable prices. The sale runs from 10am-3pm at the plant nursery on site at the reserve. Most plants have been grown from seeds collected locally on the Delmarva Peninsula. Contact Eric Zuelke at 302.735.8918 or ezuelke@juno.com for info.

Plant One Million is a regional partnership to plant one million trees throughout 13 counties in Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The goal is to restore the “tree canopy cover” (i.e. the area of land shaded by trees) in this 13-county region to 30 percent coverage. The Delaware Center for Horticulture, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the New Jersey Tree Foundation serve as lead partners in each of the three states. Learn more at www.plantonemillion.org

Courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center

The Delaware Tree Coalition is a newly formed association of tree planting organizations and agencies in Delaware that have joined forces to share resources and promote each others” efforts. Alliance for Community Trees is dedicated to improving the environment where 80 percent of Americans live: our cities, towns, and villages. Each fall, ACT sponsors National NeighborWoods Monthâ„¢ to celebrate the value of trees in our communities. The Delaware Center for Horticulture cultivates greener communities by inspiring appreciation and improvement of the environment through horticulture, education, and conservation. Founded in 1977, the center’s headquarters in the Trolley Square neighborhood of Wilmington includes public gardens, an art gallery, lecture hall, and greenhouse. TheDCH supports 23 community and school gardens; beautifies Delaware’s roadsides with native vegetation; leads regional conservation projects to enhance Delaware’s urban forest; and provides educational programs for children, teens, and adults.