Louisville Grows organizes numerous planting events during each tree-planting season, from November through April.
Our next planting event is the California Neighborhood tree planting on March 18 from 10am – 3pm. Sign up online to participate as a volunteer!
Much of the work is done before the actual planting day. Citizen Foresters and volunteers canvass the neighborhoods where the trees will be planted to talk with residents about our planting program and the benefit of trees. If a homeowner is interested in having a tree planted in their yard, they must commit to care for the tree for 3 years, and are invited to assist with the planting.
Once we have determined the appropriate species and locations for each tree, an order is placed with a local nursery. Trees are delivered and staged a few days prior to the planting.
The morning of the planting event, Citizen Foresters and volunteers arrive for breakfast and are separated into planting teams. Once on site, Citizen Foresters lead planting demonstrations for a group of volunteers. When all trees are planted in their zone, groups return to the staging site to regroup and share a warm meal.
As we train more Community Foresters, we’ll be able to increase the number of trees planted from a few hundred per year to a few thousand!