Our Tree Planting Efforts – Tree Toga!

 

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.

REQUEST A TREE at Tree Toga 10

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 in the Spring of 2021!

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 trees@sustainblesaratoga.org

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.

This Centennial Tree was planted in the spring of 2018.
Tree Toga 8 volunteer planting crew (Photo credit: Tim Greer, Camera Famosa Photography)
Tree Toga 6 planting volunteers (Photo credit: David Aimone)
Local Girl Scouts have some fun while giving back to their community.
Tree Toga is a family-friendly event (Photo credit: Tim Greer, Camera Famosa Photography).