If you’re a fan of foliage, this sale put on by the City of Vancouver is not to be missed.
In an effort to expand the city’s tree canopy, the Vancouver Parks Board is selling young, six-foot tall trees in seven and 10 gallon pots for just $10.
The trees will be on sale at the Parks Board head office during the second annual Doors Open Vancouver event happening on Saturday, October 3.
“The Park Board has a long history of planting and caring for trees in green spaces and parks across Vancouver, but we need residents to also plant trees on their property in order to increase the urban tree canopy,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair John Coupar in a statement.
“I encourage families to come down during the Doors Open event where they can get a great deal on a tree for their front or back yard.”
Four different kinds of trees will be available for purchase: fruit trees (Italian prune plums, apple and cherry), flowering (Snowcone, Japanese Snowbell and Magnolia Randy), shade (Katsura and Autumn Gold Ginkgo) and conifers (dwarf mountain pine mops and Frohburg Weeping Norway Spruce).
The city says these trees are worth up to $100, but they’re selling them for the rock-bottom price of $10 as part of their target to plant 11,000 new trees.
Just a couple of rules to keep in mind: you must show proof of your Vancouver address and there’s a limit of five trees per person.
Vancouver has more than 140,000 street trees around the city and 340,000 park trees – in fact, 18 per cent of Vancouver’s ground area is covered by tree canopies. The Park Board says they play an important role in cleaning the air, absorbing storm water, storing carbon and improving health and well-being.