Temple Fruit Tree Adoption Program

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Ritter Quad

1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

(Liacouras Walk between Cecil B. Moore and Montgomery)

Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Temple University will be hosting a public fruit tree adoption as part of its Endless Orchard project. Neighbors, community organizations and businesses are invited to adopt a fruit tree that they will plant in front of their homes, businesses, or in their community held space.

Complete this form to reserve your fruit tree.

FAQs

Who can adopt a fruit tree from this program?

We welcome representatives from community based organizations (ie: community gardens, libraries, youth groups, etc) and anyone who lives in the neighborhood to adopt a fruit tree, plant it and care for it in the margins of public space. The individual adopting the tree must have permission from the property owner/designated community organization to plant the tree.

Fruit trees cannot be planted as street trees or on city owned land. All individuals who adopt a tree are accepting the responsibility for caring for the tree.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

This event will be accessible by regional rail (SEPTA Temple Station), Broad Street subway (Cecil B. Moore station) and bicycle. There will also be free on-street parking on 12th and 13th street between Montgomery and Norris Streets.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email sustainability@temple.edu with questions or contact Kathleen by phone at 215-204-1715.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No.

I want to reserve a tree. What should I be thinking about/planning for?

  • Upon pick-up, trees will be in 5 gallon buckets/bags and will be from 2.5-8’ tall. Trees will fit in a car/truck, grocery cart, or even on the bus! See information on how to get your tree home safely here.

  • When choosing a species, please consider the available space in your yard for roots and branches as well as how much sun your yard gets each day. If you pick an apple tree, it needs another variety apple tree nearby to produce fruit.

  • For advice on where in your yard to plant your tree, check out Right Tree, Right Place from the Arbor Day Foundation.

  • If your yard is paved or concreted and you have nowhere to plant a tree, please consider applying for the Philadelphia Water Department’s Rain Check program. This innovative cost-sharing program enables Philadelphia property owners to make affordable stormwater management improvements to their properties, including concrete removal and porous paver installation.

  • We partner with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to offer tree planting and care demonstrations at the event. You can get a head start by checking out PHS’s great Tree Tenders Video Library here. For more information, please check out the planting and care information on the TreePhilly website, or download and print their detailed Yard Tree Planting and Care guide. Sign up for a PHS Tree Tenders class to learn even more about how to care for your tree.

How many trees can I adopt?

We are excited about your passion and commitment to giving fruit trees a home. Unfortunately, we can only accommodate a maximum request of 1 tree per household. If you are a community organization/school/library interested in creating a small orchard, please email sustainability@temple.edu to coordinate your adoption. Thanks for understanding. Please be sure to share this information with your neighbors and community groups, so they can help plant fruit trees in your neighborhood.

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1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

(Liacouras Walk between Cecil B. Moore and Montgomery)

Philadelphia, PA 19122

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