New Trees Available to Wilmington Residents until April 18

Posted on  03/21/2014 11:29 am

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Award-winning program for energy conservation & water quality

WILMINGTON – The Delaware Center for Horticulture (TheDCH) and the City of Wilmington announces a special program for residents of the city to plant trees this spring. From now until April 18, property owners can order high-quality shade trees worth $75 for only $20 each.

The primary goals of this initiative are to plant urban trees and to educate people in Wilmington about the value that trees have for energy conservation and water quality. For instance, a single mature tree, planted in the correct place, can save hundreds of dollars in energy bills and reduce flooding by capturing more than 16,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year.

This nationally award-winning program was rolled out previously in the communities of Delaware City (2012) and Townsend (2013). TheDCH won first place awards for this program in the Delaware Press Association communications contest as well as the National Federation of Press Women competition. A similar program is being run simultaneously this spring by TheDCH in Bellefonte, Delaware.

Five native species of trees, 4 to 8 feet tall, are available for City of Wilmington homeowners and property owners. All have been selected by TheDCH arborists to thrive in Delaware’s urban environments. Orders are due April 18. Trees will be available for pick up and planting in May.

Visit this link for more details about Trees for City of Wilmington: www.thedch.org/content/trees-CityofWilmington
A colorful brochure and poster can be downloaded at this webpage or picked up at various locations throughout the City.

This program has been made possible through partnerships with the City of Wilmington, DNREC and Delmarva Power.

In addition, the trees planted in the City of Wilmington will count towards Plant One Million, a regional partnership to plant trees throughout 13 counties in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. TheDCH, 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/

Contacts:

Media questions:
Wendy Scott
Blue Blaze Associates
(302) 737-8601 or (302) 540-4367
wscott@blueblazeassociates.com

Tree program questions:
Annie Acton
Delaware Center for Horticulture
(302) 658-6262, ext. 106
aacton@thedch.org