Kim Kruse

Philadelphia’s got some nice trees (and a stable of volunteers to look after them). But some parts of it, like everywhere, could use more. So it’s wonderful that the city seems ready to remedy this with a brilliant solution — giving people free trees.

If you own property in Philadelphia, the city will give you two free trees for your yard. You sign up for them, pick them up, and then plant the free trees in the ground in your yard (they say you can’t plant it “in the sidewalk outside of your property,” which must mean the strip of grass next to the sidewalk, since planting a tree in concrete would probably be unsuccessful).

If you forget to sign up, you can still show up in the second hour of these tree giveaways. Here’s a list of places to get your trees:

  • Sat., Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Haverford Library (5543 Haverford Ave 19139) - Zip codes: 19151, 19143, 19139, 19142, 19153
  • Sat., Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m., NKCDC Garden Center (1825 Frankford Ave. 19125) – Zip codes: 19134, 19133, 19125, 19122, 19123, 19130, 19103, 19102, 19107, 19106
  • Sun., Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Columbus Square (1300 South 12th St. 19147) - Zip codes: 19112, 19148, 19145, 19146, 19147, 19104
  • Sun., Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m., West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane 19138) – Zip codes: 19138, 19150, 19119, 19128
  • Sat., Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Second Baptist Church of Frankford (1801 Meadow St. 19124) – Zip codes: 19124, 19137, 19120, 19141, 19126, 19149, 19135
  • Sat., Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m., Hunting Park Rec Center (900 Hunting Park Ave. 19140) – Zip codes: 19140, 19131, 19121, 19132, 19129, 19127, 19118, 19144
  • Sun., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Veree Rd. 19115) – Zip codes: 19136, 19152, 19111, and 19115
  • Sun., Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m., Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Veree Rd. 19115) – Zip codes: 19116, 19154, and 19114

Enjoy your free trees, Philly! We’ll just be over here being jealous.