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A green Christmas


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how fond I am of alternative Christmas tree ideas – we have a round up of original non traditional Christmas trees every year here on the blog. So when I heard about the “Green Christmas” initiative from the city of San Francisco and Friends of the Urban Forest, I got really excited and happy to spread the word.

A Green Christmas in San Francisco | French By Design

You see, if you live in San Francisco, you can adopt a living tree this year and return it at the end of the holiday season so it is planted in an area of the city that needs it. Pretty cool, huh? The tree you get will not be a traditional Christmas tree, but add a few ornaments, some magical holiday lights and accessories and voilà!

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How gratifying it is to know that a simple gesture will change your city’s green landscape and add beautiful greenery around you! Green holiday trees reduce waste and post-holiday litter. After they’re planted on the streets of San Francisco, they clean the air, reduce storm-water runoff into the Ocean and Bay, and provide wildlife habitat. You can even participate in the planting of your adopted tree if you wish to do so.

Trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and include varieties such as fern pines, japanese blueberry trees, catalina ironwood and small-leaf tristania trees – all great trees for our city. For a tax-deductible $75 donation to Friends of the Urban Forest, you get a fine tree for the holidays – and you make the city greener!

A Green Christmas in San Francisco | French By Design

You can sign up, pre-order and pick up your tree via the Friends of Urban Forest website. Pick up your tree, make ornaments, and join the city of San Francisco and Friends of the Urban Forest team for refreshments at the Green Christmas Tree Lot on Saturday, November 19th from 10am-2pm. You may also pick up your tree after November 19th by arranging a  pick up at the Friends of the Urban Forest office during open office hours.

We decorated our adopted fern pine tree and are ecstatic: our Christmas living tree looks really good in our living room [I simply decorated it with honeycomb paper ornaments found on Etsy], and we feel so proud that we did our part this holiday season to help Mother Nature!

A Green Christmas in San Francisco | French By Design

Now Miss Daisy is patiently waiting for Santa by the chimney – I have a feeling Santa will be proud of us and be good to us this year! Happy holidays guys! Xo, Si-


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  • Simone

    Oh, how I love this idea! Every city should do this! Also, I’m obsessed with your dog. She is ADORABLE! :))

    • French By Design

      Yes, I agree, @Simone, it’s such an easy way to help the planet, and have an eco-chic Christmas. Also, Daisy says thank you! Xo-

  • Leslie Sinclair

    I wish I was in your area! I would say sign me up!! You did a beautiful styling job, Daisy and all!

    • French By Design

      Isn’t it a great initiative indeed, @Leslie? So proud to live in a city that is so environmentally proactive. Thank you for your sweet words about my styling and Miss Daisy. Happy holiday season to you! ;-)

  • Valerie

    I love your blog! Where did you find this gorgeous wreath?
    Love from the mountains Valerie

    • French By Design

      Merci, @Valerie! I got the candy cane felt wreath at Anthropologie a few years ago on sale. Xx, Si-