One generation plants the trees; the next enjoys the shade ~Chinese proverb~
What will be our legacy to Saratoga?
Tree Toga is a family-friendly tree planting event with the goal of reforesting our City streetscape. Since 2014, our popular Tree Toga planting efforts have planted 255 large-growing street trees throughout Saratoga Springs. We have expanded our planting efforts to now allow for tree planting within your front yard.
Our biggest need? Good residential planting sites. Can you host a tree? Can you work with your friends and neighbors to help us find places to plant trees? Why not make it a collaborative project on your block? Or make it competitive: challenge your friends across town and see whose street can host the most trees. Sign up to get a tree for Tree Toga 10 (this event has been postponed, so check back for a Fall 2020 date)!
Where do we plant? Sustainable Saratoga can now plant a large-growing shade tree directly in your front yard. We are no longer limited to planting in the city-owned tree lawn between the sidewalk and the curb, although street trees do remain our first-choice location. If you live in the City, request a #NextGenTree and we will work with you to find the best location for your tree.
What do we plant? We plant large-growing, native shade trees because they provide far greater benefits than small ornamentals. Species we plant include: hackberry, Kentucky yellowwood, basswood, black tupelo, disease-resistant American elm, tulip tree, and various oak species.
Can’t make this year’s Tree Toga? Request a street tree from the City’s Department of Public Works (518-587-3550, x2555), or buy a tree from a local nursery and plant your tree anywhere you would like in your yard! Click here to learn more about these planting options.
Still have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Centennial Trees is a multi-year effort (2015-2020) to plant a substantial and impactful cohort of large-growing trees in prominent, transformative locations around town, leaving a Centennial legacy for the kids and the grandkids.