TD Bank does it again.  Next time you're driving, walking, or biking along Lake Ida Road, you can thank TD Bank and their employees who planted 100 trees for TD Tree Days. TD Tree Days is a community-based program that expands urban forests and green spaces in low to moderate income neighborhoods. "We're proud to partner with Community Greening during TD Tree Days to improve the community and elevate the quality of the environment from the ground up," said Joe Doolan, TD Bank's Head of Environmental Affairs. Community Greening was one of 18 organizations in the United States that was chosen to participate in TD Tree Days through an application process.  Not only did they add 100 Florida native trees to the tree canopy, they beautified the parking lot and land at New Jerusalem Church.  A special thanks to our local TD Bank tree-planting All-Stars: Andre Khan and Joe Scondotto.  

Community Greening and
TD Bank Plant Trees for Delray’s Future
The grass just got a lot greener beside
New Jerusalem Church of God In Christ in Delray Beach....Read More.


When we set up shop in Delray Beach in 2016, it didn't take long for us to hear about sugar apple trees (Annona squamosa). It is our most requested fruit tree for good reason - it has an explosion of sugary goodness inside. Thanks to a funding from the Grass River Garden Club and the Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation, this non-conforming lot on SW 14th Avenue has been transformed into a pocket grove. As part of a Planting Pride and a teen workshop series focusing on STEM skills in green jobs funded by the Berlin Family Foundation, local teens from the EJS Project planted 16 sugar apples and 3 avocado trees for their neighbors to enjoy for years to come. Well done EJS Teens! Thanks for waking up early on a Saturday morning and having a good time improving the community. We appreciate you.

If you didn't make it out to Lagoon Fest 2018 in West Palm Beach, you missed a family friendly event educating residents about the environment and the numerous organizations dedicated to improving it.  We had great time giving away free Florida native and fruit trees to build up our tree canopy.  We hope to see you there next year ...Click Here for More Picture

"ELLE WOOD", The Virginia Live Oak 
"Having just moved to South Florida, we really enjoyed learning about the history and community of Delray Beach and meeting people working to make a difference to its residents. It is a special place! We look forward to watching the tree we planted grow and plan to make sure our future visitors get to see what all of us have done."
Michael Grant and Jerry McDonald with ELLE WOOD the Oak Tree

Planting Pride is a unique partnership between EJS Project, Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, THRIVE Delray, and Community Greening.  Over the summer EJS teens learned about their neighborhood's rich history and landscapes from the historians at the Spady Museum.  With the teens as our history guides, the team from our funding partner Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation, went on a trolley tour of historic landmarks and urban green spaces in The Set.  We finished the day by increasing the tree canopy in the front parking lot at Village Academy School with 45 native trees to provide shade and beauty.  Local landscape architect, Chris Cabezas donated the landscape design and the delicious lunch was cooked up by local favorites Two Girls In The Garage!  This day is what community is all about.  Check out this video to relive it!  ...Click Here for More Picture


The Partners in Community Forestry conference is the largest international gathering of urban forestry practitioners, advocates, researchers, and government leaders. This year Mark and Matt presented on their successful efforts to recruit volunteers using social media and their mentor visit in March to learn from the established urban forestry non-profits in the Bay Area.  We are happy to report that urban forestry and green jobs are growing at an exponential rate.  It was especially interesting to learn about tree equity and green gentrification from experts in the field.  CG is extremely proud to be recognized by Arbor Day Foundation President, Dan Lambe: "Community Greening is one of the emerging superstars of the Alliance for Community Trees Community. This new organization in Florida is turning heads, engaging tree planters and transforming the community forest in Delray. Keep up the great work!"..Click Here for More Picture

There's nothing like having a kind, funny, super-intelligent, detail-oriented, non-profit expert like Adriene Tynes on your non-profit board of directors!

"One of the most important aspects of Community Greening is right there in the name – community. From day one, this organization has been intentional about bringing people together. Community Greening is truly a collaborative effort, involving local government, businesses, other nonprofits, civic groups, and neighbors of all ages and walks of life.

Green spaces are critical for our emotional and physical wellbeing, and there’s such incredible power in neighbors creating those green spaces together. Planting trees is an inherently optimistic activity. When people work side by side to plant trees, they’re imagining a shared future while they’re building community together now. It's a beautiful thing."

- Adriene Tynes, Director of Accreditation, Non Profits First



We are proud to announce a $5,000 Oak Level Sponsorship from 21 drops: Essential Oil Therapy.  We had the pleasure of hosting 21 drops owner, Cary Caster, at the Community Grove last week to talk about the the power of trees and to snack on some delicious fresh sugar apples.  Cary is a walking dictionary when it comes to plants.  She majored in horticulture at the University of Florida, went on to pursue her graduate studies in ethnobotany at Lehman College, and managed the Rare Plant House at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the largest tropical botanical garden on the continental United States.  Cary is sitting on the board of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and has been featured as an essential oil expert in the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair and Martha Stewart Living.  Cary is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the healing properties found in plants.  Congratulations Cary to rolling out 21 drops essential oils in Costcos nationwide!  That's huge!  We are extremely proud and thankful to have 21 drops supporting our work as an Oak Level Sponsor.  Thank you.
As we get ready to kick off our first of of six tree plantings with Delray Beach Parks and Recreation, here is some the latest research on why you should join us and get out in the GREENNESS!!!  It's kind of a no-brainer.
  • Greenness may promote mental health by encouraging physical activity, fostering social cohesion, or providing a direct psychological benefit
  • Greater neighborhood greenness or access to green space was associated with reduced risk of stress, propensity to psychiatric morbidity, psychological distress, depressive symptoms, clinical anxiety and depression prevalence, and mood disorder treatment in adults
  • Greenness exposure may affect birth outcomes by altering maternal levels of physical activity, reducing maternal stress, enhancing social contacts among mothers, reducing maternal noise and air pollution exposure, and moderating ambient temperatures
  • Greenness exposure may affect levels of physical activity, stress, social engagement, noise, and air pollution exposure, which may drive cardiovascular disease risk
  • Greenness and access to green spaces is not equally distributed across space, and certain populations may have lower exposure and decreased access to these resources.
  • The mechanisms through which greenness affects health may ultimately affect mortality.
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