Tree Tag Trek

Can you really put a price tag on trees?

During March 2013, Memphis Botanic Garden tagged 25 noteworthy trees to demonstrate the tangible value of these green assets. Visitors to the Garden received a free Tree Tag Trek map with directions for a self-guided tour highlighting the benefits that our woody friends offer over their lengthy lifetimes.


How did we calculate the value of our trees?

Memphis Botanic Garden has undertaken this project as part of our commitment as a designated Center of Excellence, to educate the community on the importance of trees by determining value via the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Benefits Calculator.

The tagged trees on our Tree Tag Trek showed a dollar amount, representing the value of a particular tree based on its size and species. The size of the tree was calculated by trunk diameter, measured 4.5 feet above the ground. Some of the Garden’s trees are larger than the calculator allows, so we did our best to estimate the value of these larger trees.

Trees in urban areas provide a number of important benefits. They help clean the air, curb storm water runoff, raise property values, sequester carbon, and reduce energy costs. In addition, trees offer significant aesthetic value. People respond to a grove of trees by feeling more serene and rested. Trees can be used in architecture and engineering to screen undesirable views, and to soften lines and angles.

What are your trees worth?

Find the value of trees in your own landscape using the Arbor Day Foundation’s online resource at


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