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Meet the Tree Whisperer

Sunday, June 2, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Eastside College Preparatory School, East Palo Alto

Meet the Tree Whisperer, A Benefit Event for Canopy with Dave Muffly

“Twenty years ago, I asked myself a couple of simple questions. What are the best trees to plant in the cities of the San Francisco Bay Area? And what is the best way to grow those trees?” Dave Muffly

Canopy is thrilled to honor Dave Muffly, the innovative and visionary arborist for Apple who was responsible for selecting, locating, and planting 9,000 trees within the 175-acre Apple Park campus.

A Stanford graduate and Canopy’s first Program Director, Dave will share his passion for trees, oaks especially, and the wisdom he’s gained from 30 years of growing, planting, researching, and stewarding nearly 100,000 trees in numerous cities and communities. Joe Simitian, President of the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors will Emcee the event.

Guests will enjoy a presentation by Dave Muffly followed by a Q&A session, and a delicious brunch among trees that Canopy and volunteers planted ten years ago at Eastside College Prep’s campus.

Ticket sales have ended. Contact Development Director, Judy Sissener, at [email protected] with any questions. 

About Dave Muffly

Who is the "Tree Whisperer"?

Dave is the charismatic former Senior Arborist at Apple, who selected, grew, and planted the 9,000 trees within the 175-acre Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, bringing to life Steve Job’s vision of a tree rich park resembling the Stanford hills, where employees readily enjoy the benefits of nature.

Dave’s passion for trees, oaks in particular, developed on the Stanford campus, planting native trees as a member of the Magic community, while earning a degree in mechanical engineering. From there, Dave became Canopy’s first program director, orchestrating the planting of 500 trees in Palo Alto neighborhoods.  Later, while serving on the Canopy board of directors, Dave designed Canopy’s East Palo Alto Tree Initiative, the award winning planting of 1,000 drought tolerant trees along the Bayshore freeway. With some of the highest survival rates ever recorded by science, these trees provide invaluable benefits to the community as they scrub the air from nearby exhaust pollutants.

Dave’s wisdom and insight, gained from 30 years of observing, growing, planting, researching, and stewarding nearly 100,000 trees, is unparalleled and highly sought after. His mission in life is to create the best possible urban forests in California, capable of adapting to the changing conditions brought by climate change.  He’s continuing his research and experiment with species native from other areas, to select and grow those that he believes will survive and thrive in California. He’s playing an instrumental role in influencing the tree nursery industry not only to grow these species, but also to adopt innovative growing techniques.


Stewardship Matters: Case studies in establishment success of urban trees – Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, November 2015
Watching Trees, Good News for California Gardeners, Pacific Horticulture, Fall 2015
New Oak Species for California – International Society of Arboriculture Western Arborist Journal, Winter 2008
Rootball Treatment for Optimal Tree Growth, Pacific Horticulture, January 2008

Can’t join us this time?

You can still be a part of bringing nature into neighborhoods.

If you can’t join us June 2, but still want to create healthy, nature-filled neighborhoods, we hope you’ll consider a special gift of support.

Your contribution of any amount is deeply appreciated, and will be put to work right away to plant trees, advocate for the urban forest, engage youth as environmental leaders, and transform local communities with the life-giving benefits of trees.

The Tree Whisperer is Presented By

Honorary Committee

Anna Eshoo, U.S. Representative
Jerry Hill
, State Senator
Marc Berman, State Assemblyman
Joe Simitian, President, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Supervisor
Miranda Hutten, U.S. Forest Service
Dr. Lara Roman, U.S. Forest Service Philadelphia
Lisa Gauthier, Mayor of East Palo Alto
Eric Filseth, Mayor of Palo Alto
Lisa Matichak, Mayor of Mountain View
Ray Mueller, Mayor of Menlo Park
Nancy Hughes, Executive Director, California Urban Forests Council
Dan Lambe, President, Arbor Day Foundation
Cindy Blain, Executive Director, California ReLeaf
Walter Passmore, Palo Alto Urban Forester
Chris Bischof, Principal, Eastside College Preparatory School
Emily Griswold, Director, UC Davis Arboretum
Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, Superintendent, Mountain View Whisman School District
David Fross, Owner, Native Sons Nursery


Leading Sponsors

Carol and Mike Shealy
Susan Ellis and Mark Linton

Jack and Mary Ellen Morton
Bill Reller
The Franklin and Catherine Johnson Foundation

Susan Rosenberg

Marilyn Keller and Jeff Greenfield
Marty and Judy Deggeller
Nancy Drapkin
Judy Koch
Lynn Abraham
Larry Klein and Milbrey McLaughlin
Meryl Selig
Ravenswood Shores Business District

Boething Treeland Farms
Evergreen Arborist Consultants
Wendy and James Cook
The Morley Bros.
Woodland Park Communities

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Ken Leonard, Canyon Road Design
Eastside College Preparatory
Catered Too

Board of Directors

Sally O’Neil, Chair
Kammy Lo, Vice-Chair
Shelley Ratay, Treasurer
Marilyn Keller, Secretary
David Collins
Marty Deggeller
Jane Jones
Alison Mark
Laura Martinez
Geoff Paulsen
Susan Rosenberg

Event Committee

Marty Deggeller
Annie Hempstead
Catherine Martineau
Shannon McDonald
Sally O’Neil
Nancy Peterson
Susan Rosenberg
Judith Sissener