Tree Sanctuary


Make Your Home a Tree Sanctuary

Tree Sanctuary Plaque

Tennessee residents can now designate their property as a tree sanctuary with TUFC’s program for residences.


A tree sanctuary is a collection of trees on a property that is privately owned. Homeowners can apply to become a tree sanctuary for their own benefit or for the benefit of their community. Properties can remain closed except to family and friends or open on occasions for garden clubs and tree enthusiasts. The Tree Sanctuary program is an outgrowth of TUFC’s arboreta certification of public properties and businesses.


The certification process requires identifying at least 10 tree species on the property and submitting pictures and a map of the trees with their common and scientific names. Homeowners are also required to sign a healthy yard pledge, which includes no topping, using a certified arborist and providing proper maintenance.

Certification Includes

Tree Sanctuary participants receive a Tennessee made outdoor plaque, subscription to our newsletter, and recognition on our website, social media pages, in our newsletter and at our conference (if desired).

Deadlines for Submission

  • Twice per Year: June 30th and October 31st
  • Applications processed and plaques mailed out during the month after deadline.

Tree Sanctuary Certification Costs

  • Current TUFC Members: $75
  • Non-members: $125
  • Replacement of original plaque: $35

Click here to complete Tree Sanctuary Application

 Tree Sanctuary Information Guide for Homeowners

Tennessee Tree Sanctuaries

wdt_ID Name City Region # of Trees Year
1 Anonymous Memphis West Tennessee 20 2016
2 Walker Tree Sanctuary Ripley West Tennessee 36 2016
3 Orion Hill Tree Sanctuary Arlington West Tennessee 27 2018
4 Shawnee Waters Gallatin Middle Tennessee 120+ 2016
5 Marty and Kristin Shaw Tree Sanctuary Franklin Middle Tennessee 50+ 2017
6 Roger and Thorunn McCoy Tree Sanctuary Nashville Middle Tennessee 34 2017
7 Anonymous White House Middle Tennessee 21 2017
8 Frances and Roddie Peebles Tree Sanctuary Nashville Middle Tennessee 30 2018
9 William Worrall and Jim Gregory Tree Sanctuary Nashville Middle Tennessee 23 2018
10 Cortese Tree Sanctuary Knoxville East Tennessee 33+ 2016
Name City Region # of Trees Year