Beautification and Event and Trees01 Jul 2014 07:34 pm

Potluck Time!
Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens (Passyunk and Wharton)
Come celebrate 4th of July weekend with us and feast among the tomatoes and squash. We’ll bring out the grill, make a batch of herbal iced tea (stevia really works!) and have some garlic and onions to harvest.  Bring a dish to share, bring a friend or just bring yourself!

Passyunk Gardens is open all summer, Thursdays 10-12, Sundays 4-6. So if you can’t make our potluck, stop by anytime. For more information visit our web pagefind us on Facebook, or follow on Twitter and Instagram. Or email!

Summer Pruning!
We’re pulling together plans for a series of summer tree pruning training sessions and events.  If you’re interested in working to get our neighborhood trees looking their best, email us at and we’ll keep you in the loop as we confirm dates and details.  First event is tentatively Sunday, July 13.  So pencil us in!

10th and Washington Mural Arts Community Meeting
We’re finalizing plans for a community meeting in the next few weeks to discuss a new Mural Arts Project work at 10th and Washington.  If you’re interested in attending or following the plans for this new mural email us at

Beautification and Trees06 Jan 2014 08:56 pm

We know it’s the early days of official winter, but we’re already thinking about the Spring and plans to care for the trees in our neighborhood. If you are already a Tree Tender, or are interested in getting involved in our Pruning Club, let us know at and we’ll keep you posted on our upcoming activities.

If you’d like to learn more about tree care over the winter, PHS is offering two ways to become a certified Tree Tender: an 8 week “Lunch and Learn” series Jan 8- Feburary 26 or two-part regular training on Saturday Jan 25 and Feb. 1. More information and registration details are available at PSCA is offering our residents a limited number of scholarships to cover the $25 fee. For more information email us at

-Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs

Beautification and Trees21 Nov 2013 04:58 pm

Tree Planting

November 23rd from 8:45am-1pm
Capitolo Playground (9th and Federal)

Come help us plant and mulch a few trees and install tree fences at Capitolo Playground. We’ll have some coffee and snacks to get you started then discounts at Slice and Zoey for lunch.

After the tree planting, we’ll be heading over to Jackson school to help with the launch event for their new rooftop garden! (see below) RSVP to, RSVP on Facebook or just meet us at the playground.

If you’re interested in having a tree planted in front of your house, we are now encouraging you to apply through the city at We’ll be focusing future tree events mostly on tree care rather than planting so stay tuned. If you had applied for a tree through PSCA and still haven’t heard word on the status, or have any questions about the tree request process, feel free to email us at

Jackson Green Day
Andrew Jackson School, 12th and Wharton

Come celebrate the opening of Jackson’s new rooftop garden!

¡Celebremos la inauguración del nuevo jardín en la azotea!

FREE Fall Festival for Families
• Philly’s best local food trucks
• Kids’ Activities- games, crafts, face painting
• Live music, including Jackson’s own rock band, HOME!
• Great raffles, vendors and more!

Festival de otoño gratuito para familias
• Los mejores camiones loncheros de Philly
• Actividades juveniles – juegos, artesanías, pintura de caras
• Música en vivo
• ¡Rifas, vendedores y más!

RSVP on Facebook or just stop by!

-Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs

Beautification and Trees03 Sep 2013 01:10 pm

Our Fall Tree planting is just few months away but it’s already time to start thinking about the Spring 2014 planting.  If you are interested in having a tree planted in front of your house or are willing to canvas your block to encourage your neighbors to have a tree planted, we are eager to help you. The deadline for tree applications for Spring 2014 will be in early October, but we also accept them throughout the year for the next available planting. The city also offers a street tree program and a yard tree program through We’re happy to answer questions about this program.

There’s lots of activity in between tree plantings as well. We are always looking for volunteers to help with pruning, tree check-ups, and other tree maintenance projects. To get involved with any of these efforts, email Sarah and Andrew at

-Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs

Beautification and Trees03 Apr 2013 08:36 am

Meet at Capitolo Playground, 9th and Federal
8:45 am with after party at Fountain Porter

We’re teaming up with our neighbors at East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (EPX) to do a combined planting event this Spring.  We’ve got over 50 trees to plant, including quite a few at Jackson School. We’ll need lots of help so spread the word.

Bring and shovel and gloves if you have them, or we’ll have some to lend. Send us an email at and let us know you’re coming or RSVP on Facebook.

If you’re getting a new tree, or have one from one from our recent planting, we encourage you to visit PHS’s guide to caring for your tree.  Watering is very import in the first year after planting, so give that tree a drink!


Beautification and Trees26 Mar 2013 08:38 am

Forms need to be passed over to PHS for processing soon, so if you’d like a street tree planted in our fall planting event, download the pdf found at under the Tree Planting section and send us your form! Participating in our planting events is a fun way to meet your neighbors and get some more hands on information about how to best care for your tree.  We accept tree forms on a rolling basis, but we’ll need them by the 29th to get you a chance for a tree in the Fall of 2013. Alternatively, you can apply anytime to get a street tree planted by the city.

We’re always looking for help identifying places that could use some new trees, or spots with trees that need to be replaced. If you’re interested in getting more trees on your block, or helping us canvass for spots that need new or replaced trees, get in touch at!

Beautification and Trees25 Oct 2012 12:11 pm


Our semiannual Street Tree Planting is being held on Saturday, November 10th at Capitolo Playground at 9th and Federal Streets.  This Fall’s event is going to be extra special, as the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will be culminating their “Home Runs For Trees” partnership with the Phillies prior to our event!  The Phillie Phanatic will be on hand, as well as some guest speakers that have yet to be named, but we really want our community to come out in full force to greet everyone and, afterwards, to help us plant 50 trees throughout the neighborhood!  Bring a camera, some gloves, and a shovel, and the faster we get the trees in the ground, the sooner we can celebrate afterwards! 

Speakers go on around 9:30am, we’ll start planting around 10am, and with enough people, we should be done around 1pm to enjoy food and drink specials at a nearby eatery to be determined soon.  Stay tuned for more details, but for now, save the date and tell your friends!!

Please email us at to let us know if you’ll be able to volunteer at the event.  It’s going to be a great day!

More details on the Home Runs for Trees program here:

Beautification and Capitolo and Cleanup and Columbus Square and Communication and Education and Event and Fundraising and Gold Star Park and Planning and Town Watch and Trash & Recycling and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning01 Jul 2012 09:20 am

We’re giving you a summer vacation from General Meetings for July and August, so we’ll see you in September with updates from our committees who have been busy working straight through these hot months to make Passyunk Square even better!  Speaking of committees, our 2012 Board of Directors and Committees have been announced:

Pam Zenzola, President
Angel D’Ippolito, Vice-President Outreach
Sarah Anton, Treasurer and Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Committee Chair
Christine Knapp, Immediate Past President
Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison
Ilene Wilder, Fundraising and Events Committee Chair
Carmela Fioretti, Trash and Recycling Committee
Cassie Knox, Communications Committee Chair

Beautification Clean-ups, plantings, banners, block efforts
co-chairs: Andrew Emma and Sarah Anton
Communications Public relations, external communication
chair: Cassie Knox
Zoning Monitoring zoning change requests
chair: John Digiulio
Outreach Giving every resident of the neighborhood a chance to become involved
chair: Angel D’Ippolito
Safety / Passyunk Square Town Watch
chair: Kim Davis
Trash & Recycling
chair: Carmela Fioretti
Planning Convening stakeholders to help choose what we want the area to look like in the future
chair: Karin Morris
Fund Raising/Sapling Program For association activities
chair: Ilene Wilder
Education Supporting schools in the neighborhood
chair: Open

Capitolo and Trees02 Dec 2011 06:16 am

On November 19, 35 volunteers came together to plant 51 trees in Passyunk Square. Coverage of the event can be found in the South Philly Review. That coverage includes a photo taken by neighbor Jim Bazis of some of our Passyunk Square volunteers (including Civic Association Board President Christine Knapp, right):

Tree Planting

In addition, the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) has awarded the Passyunk Square Civic Association a $2500 matching grant toward general greening and beautification. PSCA will be using this generous funding to do a professional tree planting along the 9th Street corridor between Federal and Wharton, across from Geno’s. The funding will provide soil remediation, and 7 “balled and burlapped” Winter King Hawthorne trees to be professionally planted. Those trees are scheduled to go in TODAY (12/2/11) at 11am. In addition, this grant makes possible the purchase of a portable watering source for continued care of street trees planted along public areas.

If you’re in the area at that time, stop by and check them out!

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