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Time to buy a living Christmas tree from Urban Roots, and then donate it

If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas tree, don’t forget that Urban Roots sells small live potted trees that can then be brought back and donated to the Olmsted Parks, Buffalo River Keeper or Grassroots Gardens.

It’s these types of partnerships that are win-wins for the city. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t get into the whole “chop the tree down and decorate it and then throw it to the curb” routine, then the Urban Roots program could be perfectly suited for you.

It’s a great way to get more greenery around the city, from public parks to neighborhood gardens. Plus, a friend of mine recently brought it to my attention that Buffalo needs more evergreens planted, to keep the city looking green throughout the year. I have heard that evergreens can’t handle the salt from the streets during the winter, but there are still plenty of places to plant these types of trees.

It is said that the living trees should only be inside for about a week’s time, before being planting outside. That means that it’s just about the perfect time to purchase your living tree.

Each year Urban Roots carries a variety of trees that range from Norway Spruce to White Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Frasier Fir, Canaan Fir, Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, and Douglas Fir. Trees are typically four feet tall and are potted in biodegradable pots made of recycled material.

Urban Roots | 428 Rhode Island Street | Buffalo, NY 14213-2312 | (716) 362-8982 | Facebook


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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