Cool Schools 2020

December 17th, 2019 by admin

Help us bring trees to school campuses across Chatham County, donate to Cool Schools!

For planting season this year, Savannah Tree Foundation is dreaming big and we need your help! From now until the end of March, we are planting trees on school campuses in Chatham County through a program we’re calling Cool Schools.

Why schools? School grounds are ideal areas to improve Chatham County’s urban forest from the ground up. Trees can improve physical fitness, attention span, outdoor education, and public health. We aim to bring trees and their numerous benefits to students at school sites currently lacking tree canopy.

This is no small undertaking. We usually plant at 2 or 3 sites each planting season, but this year we’re targeting 8. More sites mean more trees, but also means more legwork and higher costs. This is where you come in.

It costs us $500 to plant and maintain one tree for 2 years. This includes the cost of the tree, planting equipment, our staff’s time to plant and maintain the trees, and educational programming for the students involved. We aim to plant at least 10 trees at each targeted campus, meaning each school site will cost us $5,000. With 8 targeted campuses, this project is going to cost us $40,000–one of the largest single investments in trees that we’ve ever planned!

Click here to donate!

Fall Frolic Sponsors 2019

September 24th, 2019 by Zoe Rinker

THANK YOU to our 11th Annual Fall Frolic Sponsors!

The Savannah Tree Foundation is lucky to have a generous group of businesses and individuals who support our work and Chatham County’s urban tree canopy!

Thank you to the following Fall Frolic 2019 Corporate Sponsors:

This donation was made in honor of longtime STF supporter and tree champion Dale Thorpe.

We also thank the following sponsors:

Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. H. Mitchell Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Patt Suwyn
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Barrow III
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Critz, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory and Ana Freiwald
Mr. and Mrs. Angus and Leslie Littlejohn
Mrs. Audrey Platt
Mr. Dan Suwyn and Mrs. Kim Bockius-Suwyn
Mr. and Mrs. Sonny and Dale Thorpe

Fall Frolic 11

August 15th, 2019 by admin

Join us to celebrate Savannah’s trees!

Our 11th Annual Fall Frolic will be held October 3rd at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.


Savannah’s urban forest is a vital part of our community. Our trees:

  • Provide shade for our streets, sidewalks, homes and public spaces
  • Increase our property values
  • Improve the quality of the air we breathe
  • Reduce storm water run-off, and so much more!

For all they do for us, Savannah’s trees need our support. The Savannah Tree Foundation provides a voice for trees, caring for them today and planning and planting for the future.

This annual event underwrites over 25% of the Savannah Tree Foundation’s operating and project budget, enabling us to plant trees, advocate, and educate about our urban forest. Money raised will also fund our 2019-2020 planting priority of trees at schools throughout Chatham County.

Please consider supporting our trees and our community by sponsoring Savannah Tree Foundation’s 11th Annual Fall Frolic.


  • Presenting Sponsor in all Fall Frolic 11 promotions
  • Full page ad, inside cover of event program
  • Reserved table for 8 with corporate signage
  • 2019 Lead Supporter of STF with name or logo on STF website with link
  • Featured in social media promotions
  • Private tree tour for up to 12 people

$5,000     CANOPY PATRON

  • Full page ad in event program
  • 2019 Lead Supporter of STF with name or logo on STF website with link to your company’s website
  • Featured in social media promotions
  • Reserved table for 8 with corporate signage
  • Private tree tour for up to 6 people

$2,500    CROWN PATRON

  • Half-page ad in event program
  • Name/logo on sponsor page of program
  • Name/logo with link on STF website
  • Featured in social media promotions
  • 8 tickets to Fall Frolic 11


  • Name/logo on sponsor page of program
  • Name/logo on STF website
  • Named in social media promotions
  • 6 tickets to Fall Frolic 11


  • Name on sponsor page of program
  • 4 tickets to Fall Frolic 11

$300     LEAF PATRON

  • Name on sponsor page of program
  • 2 tickets to Fall Frolic 11

Click here to purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship opportunities!

Smart Design Parking Lots

October 25th, 2016 by Heather Gordon

Smart Design Parking Lots: A Cost Benefit and Ecosystem Analysis



STF Tree Giveaway!

September 27th, 2016 by Heather Gordon


Savannah Tree Foundation will give away 150 trees at Skidaway Marine Science Day on Saturday, October 22,  12—4 pm


Celebrate Trees!

June 9th, 2016 by Heather Gordon

Celebrate Trees

Celebrate Trees

On Thursday, September 15th, STF supporters will celebrate amidst the trees at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum at the 8th annual Fall Frolic.

We will announce the honorees for the annual Founders Awards and enjoy an evening celebrating the trees that are so important to our community. Enjoy live music, an open bar, silent auction, and food!

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Crape myrtle pruning 101

December 29th, 2015 by Heather Gordon

This winter, please give your crape myrtle the care and attention it deserves. Do not over prune!

Thank you Savannah Morning News for featuring this important topic.


For more information on crape myrtles and the mysterious habit of “crape murder”, read our collection of crape myrtle articles here


STF VIDEO: Tree Canopy in our community

December 3rd, 2014 by Heather Gordon

Watch the new STF Video Here. Learn about trees and our work to preserve, protect and plant trees across Chatham County.



Founders Awards

October 14th, 2014 by Heather Gordon

2014 Savannah Tree Foundation Founders Awards


Savannah Tree Foundation announced the winners of the annual awards named for Foundation founders Page Hungerpiller, Lynda Beam and Suzie Williams. The Awards were presented at the Savannah Tree Foundation 2014 gala on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7pm at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.


The Town of Thunderbolt is recipient of the 2014 Hungerpiller for protecting, maintaining and growing its urban forest.



Armstrong State University receives the 2014 Beam for fostering awareness of trees’ positive impact through a campus-wide arboretum  open to the public free of charge.


Homeowner Gordon Mathews is recipient of the 2014 Williams for demonstrating a successful balance between property rights and environmental considerations.


Candler Oak volunteer event, Friday, January 18 at 4 pm

January 14th, 2013 by Heather Gordon

Volunteers are needed this Friday afternoon at 4pm to help weed the Candler Oak easement. Meet new law students from the Savannah Law School and Savannah Tree Foundation members. Volunteers will learn about this unique tree which has its own conservation easement. Please bring gloves. Tools and refreshments provided.