Monday, March 16, 2015

Help Grow the Urban Forest: Buy a Tree From TreeKeepers

Our first TreeKeepers tree: a spruce
Do you remember how we got our first live Christmas tree from TreeKeepers this past year? I posted about it extensively on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & here on the blog, but I'll forgive you if you've forgotten or you're new around here. ;) Anyway, TreeKeepers is a non-profit partnership between Tree City & the Environmental Youth Alliance working with the City of Vancouver to grow the urban forest. They help get trees into the hands & then balconies or yards of people like you, with the goal of planting 150,000 additional trees by 2020. (This is part of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan)

So why am I posting? Well, their latest event is upon us: TreeKeepers annual Spring tree sale! TreeKeepers is ready to take your online orders. You can choose from 16 different types of fruit & hardy ornamental trees for your balcony or private yard. They have apple, fig & plum trees as well as the rare Smiling Forest Lily Tree & the beautiful flowering Leonard Messel Magnolia. 

I have no idea how we're going to choose! TreeKeepers has some great advice: asking the right questions & keeping in mind LIGHT, SOIL & GROWTH. Read more about choosing the right tree on their website here.

Whichever tree we get, I do know that we'll be biking the trees home from the community centre pickup site--stay tuned for photos of that in about a month. :)

Maybe you're wondering what this is going to cost you? I saved the best part for last: you can buy a tree for just $10-15 on the TreeKeepers website. Then you pick it up at one of the distribution sites in your (Vancouver) neighbourhood. Here's the list:

Trout Lake Community Centre   
Trees! Photo via TreeKeepers
Sat. April 11, 1pm-2:30pm

Kitsilano Community Centre   
Sun. April 12, 10am-11:30am

Killarney Community Centre   
Sun. April 12, 2pm-3:30pm

Slocan Park Community Centre   
Sat. April 18, 10am-11:30am

Sunset Community Centre   
Sat. April 18, 2pm-3:30pm

Strathcona Community Centre   
Sun. April 19, 10am-11:30am

Dunbar Community Centre   
Sun. April 19, 2pm-3:30pm

Mt. Pleasant Community Centre  
Wed. April 22, 6pm-7:30pm

Want to help?
TreeKeepers is looking for volunteers to help out with promotion, tree distribution & their Earth Day event. To sign up, please email: or click here for more details.

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