Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.

Made in the Shade

Sacramento was once known as the City of Plains. How then did we become the City of Trees? 

With one of the largest hand-planted forests in the world, Sacramento now stands out as a global leader in urban forestry. Made in the Shade captures the story of how we began our love affair with trees. 

Drawing on years of research and interviews with our early advocates for urban forestry, the filmmakers document the rise of an innovative partnership that led to the planting of over half a million trees in this region through our Sacramento Shade program. 

Special thanks to Director Phil D'Asaro and Producers Bruce Handley and Joni Ramirez for telling our story.  

 Watch the full version 


Follow the filmmakers for updates on screenings.


In the News

Made in the Shade recognized by the Impact DOCS Awards

The film won an Award of Merit this year. Learn more here.

2018 Tree Hero Awards

For their efforts to champion environmental education and stewardship, we were proud to present the filmmakers with our 2018 Lorax Tree Hero Award. Thank you Director Phil D'Asaro, Producer Bruce Handley, and Producer Joni Ramirez for your dedication to speaking for our trees.

Made in the Shade premieres at the Crest Theatre 

Hundreds of Sacramentans flocked to the premiere to see the film and meet the filmmakers. Everyone from elected officials to shade tree recipients turned out to celebrate this film that highlights the tremendous impact of the Sacramento Shade program. Pictured is S. David Freeman, former General Manager of SMUD who brought forth the idea for a public utility to provide free shade trees as a means of conserving energy. 





"New documentary gets to the root of Sacramento's love affair with trees" in Sactown Magazine

" As April showers turn the region green, a new locally produced documentary, Made in the Shade , is shedding light on how Sacramentans fought to turn the city’s open spaces into a lush tree canopy that now serves as a natural air conditioner and a significant source of civic pride." Read more...

"How did Sacramento become the 'City of Trees'? Upcoming documentary tells the story" in The Sacramento Bee

"...A 2017 study by the MIT Senseable City Lab looked at the tree-friendliness of 15 cities, as part of its aptly named "Treepedia" project, and confirmed that our "green canopy" is among the world's best, and is perhaps the biggest in the nation. Have you ever wondered how that came to be?" Read more...

Thank you to our signature sponsor



Thank you supporters 

Middle of the Road

In support of our work, Scottish band Middle of the Road gave the filmmakers permission to use their song "Sacramento" in the film.  

Loco Lobo

Musician Lobo Loco provided much of the music for the documentary. Here he is with his family in Germany proud to represent the Sacramento Tree Foundation.