2014 Annual Tree Planting

Every year our all-volunteer group provides dozens of trees to the city of Burlington. And every spring we invite all tree enthusiasts to help us plant these young saplings in our nursery. This planting event is enhanced with refreshments, live music, Morris dancers and door prizes for everyone. This year's event takes place on Saturday, May 3rd, 9 am - 11 am., at the UVM Horticultural Research Center on Green Mountain Drive in South Burlington (behind GE Healthcare). Follow the signs. Rain or shine.

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A TREEmendous Event is coming to Burlington this May

On Saturday, May 31, from 9 am - 4 pm the Burlington Parks & Recreation Department will host the New England Tree Climbing Championship at Oakledge Park, on Flynn Avenue in Burlington. The winner of the competition here will go on to compete against the best climbers in the world at the International Tree Climbing Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July. This event will be fun for tree lovers of all ages. In addition to being able to watch the experts climb some of the most beautiful and tallest trees in town, there will also be tree climbing opportunities for children. The Burlington event is put on by the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture with assistance from the personnel of the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers from Branch Out Burlington! We are excited to have this event in Burlington this year we think it will prove to be quite awesome! Check out their website for more details.

BOB! has recently joined One Percent for the Planet.

One Percent is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Their mission is to "build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet." Envisioned in 2001 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of the Patagonia clothing company, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, the organization now claims over 1,100 members worldwide and gives $20 million USD annually to over 3,300 environmental groups around the world.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native insect that was introduced into the U.S. in 2002. EAB only attacks ash trees, and is responsible for the death of millions of ash trees in the Midwest. Infested trees die within 2 to 4 years. To-date, EAB has not been found in Vermont yet it has been detected in all bordering states and provinces. The earlier we find it, the more management options we have available.

On September 18th, UVM students with Cecilia Danks’ Community-based Natural Resource Management class flagged and tagged some of Burlington’s ash trees in order to raise awareness about the benefits these trees provide and the threat of EAB. You can help protect Burlington's ash trees:

Learn more about EAB signs and symptoms: www.vtinvasives.org/invaders/emerald-ash-borer
Frequently Asked Questions: www.vtinvasives.org/sites/default/files/forest_pest_planning_faqs
Report it: www.vtinvasives.org/tree-pests/report-it or call Burlington Parks and Recreation 802-862-8245.

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BOB! organizes community tree planting events, hosts local guided tree walks, manages the Burlington Community Tree Nursery, and sponsors both educational seminars and the Awesome Tree Contest. Everyone is welcome at our meetings.

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2014 Calendar of Events


2014 Tree Sale has closed. All trees have been sold.

Tree Keepers Program

Is there space for a tree in the greenbelt in front of your house or business? Branch out Burlington’s Tree Keeper Program is bringing trees to people who agree to take care of them.

Every year, volunteers from Branch Out Burlington! transplant trees from the Burlington Community Tree Nursery to sites along the streets of Burlington. The trees need some tender loving care to become established in their new locations. The first year is especially critical. Learn more . . .

Are you interested in planting trees on your street?

Join a dedicated group of volunteers at Branch Out Burlington! (also known as BOB!). Together with the City Arborist, Our Tree Keepers work each year to increase the number of trees and to improve our precious green spaces. If you are interested in having a tree in front of your house, and are willing to learn about tree care and water your tree, please get in touch with us. We want YOU! To learn more . . .

Click here to view a Burlington City Tree Planting at Lakeside Neighborhood

Planning on Purchasing a Tree?

Check out our resources page and the new brochures put out by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program. Topics include planning to purchase a tree, protecting your investment with proper planting techniques, the right tree for the right place and a guide to pruning trees. Learn more . . .

Friends of the Hort Farm Please visit the website of our local "friends"

"People who live in Burlington’s neighborhoods are often proud of the natural beauty -- especially the trees. Broad leafy trees, quietly celebrating the cycle of the seasons from bud to green to orange and crimson to dust, and returning to bud once again. And tall evergreen trees exist, stalwart and vibrant with life, even throughout the depths of winter’s snows. If community is the heart of a city, then trees must surely be its lungs."