To celebrate National NeighborWoods Month the Savannah Tree Foundation has several activities on the calendar this month. Help Savannah Tree Foundation help our urban forests, learn from knowledgeable leaders, and earn community service credit. Learn how to plant and mulch trees and more about the beautiful urban forests of Savannah/Chatham County. See the calendar for more details.
Last week we said our goodbyes, signed the guestbook and read Joyce Kilmer’s poem, Trees:
I Think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest against the sweet earth’s flowing breast; a tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray; a tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair; upon whose bosom snow has lain; who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.
Read in the Connect the propert way to prune your crape myrtles this spring.
Savannah Tree Foundation is pleased to announce that its new Guide to Planting & Caring for Trees in Coastal Georgia is now available online and in print. For your printed copy please stop by the office at 3025 Bull Street. Be sure to send us your Tree Planting Pledge Form on page 23 of the guide and let us know where you have, or will, plant a tree. (Remember, November to March is the best time to plant trees in Coastal Georiga.)
Celebrate Georgia Arbor on Friday, February 18th by planting a tree or mulching an existing tree! Georgia Arbor Day is always celebrated on the third Friday in February, which is the perfect time of year to plant a tree. For information on planting the right tree in the right place go to the LEARN page, or join us on Saturday, February 19th at 9 a.m. to mulch trees at East Broard Street Elementary School.
Looking for a great gift?
For any holiday or special occasion, give the gift of a lifetime and plant a tree while supporting the efforts of the Savannah Tree Foundation. Your $25 gift will fund the planting of a 15 gallon tree on public property. You can honor someone special , or commemorate the life of a loved one. Tree plantings occur in the late fall, winter and early spring. Individual trees are not designated with a plaque, but an acknowledgment is sent to someone you designate and gifts are listed in our annual newsletter and donor lists. The donor will receive cards that can be mailed or hand delivered to the recipient of the gift. These living tributes and memorials will contribute to the quality of life in our community for generations to come. Please note the average cost for STF to plant a tree is approximately $125. We accept a minimum donation of $25 per tree.
Complete the Online Form or call (912) 233-8733.
The Savannah Tree Foundation is happy to announce the availability of a small revolving fund called the CommuniTrees Fund, dedicated to helping community organizations purchase and plant canopy trees.
“Our new CommuniTrees fund helps answer the need for smaller tree plantings than we can typically accommodate,” stated Diane Houston, President of the Savannah Tree Foundation. Savannah Tree Foundation usually plants 50 or more trees per tree planting because the amount of planning required to carry out a large scale tree planting is relatively the same, whether planting 50 or 250 trees.
“We often get requests for one or two trees, sometimes four or five or ten trees, and this program was created for that reason,” said Houston.
The program commences in the Fall of 2010 with seed money from the Trustees Garden Club, and is replenished with donated funds given through Savannah Tree Foundation’s Holiday Plant a Tree program, which enables individuals and businesses to plant gift trees in honor of or in memory of someone special or to commemorate a special occasion.
The purpose of this program is to assist non-profit groups, neighborhood associations and other community organizations with small tree planting requests of 1-10 trees, on property that is held in trust for public use.
Program requirements include:
- Securing and documenting permission of property owners to plant trees on property.
- Provide a donation to STF toward the cost of trees. There is no minimum donation required.
- Pick up trees at a community volunteer tree plantings and participate in the tree planting if possible, to learn first hand how best to plant a tree.
- Plant the trees during tree planting season, which runs from November to February/March.
- Commit to watering and maintaining trees for 2 years.
Savannah Tree Foundation provides 15 gallon trees plus advice on siting trees, selecting species appropriate to a site, tree planting techniques, and ongoing maintenance. Guidelines and application forms are available online or by calling 912-233-TREE.
We’ve developed quite an awesome website with the assistance of great folks from Southpoint Media, Brad Morrison and Lucas Karpiuk, along with Ariel Janzen of Bright White Space. They were a pleasure to work with and have been patient, easygoing and delightful partners in this process. Special appreciation also goes out to the Georgia Forestry Commission, which funded the website through its Urban & Community Forestry grant program.
Here you’ll find out what we’re up to, the latest and greatest information on trees in Savannah, and all the best of what we have to share. I hope you make regular visits and subscribe to our blog. If you have ideas or suggestions to improve the website or run across any bugs that need fixin’, kindly let us know. We’ve tested and re-tested everything for a pleasurable visitor experience, but in the off-chance we missed something … please let us know!