Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society POP UPS!
Arcadia has a new neighbor on 20th street! PHS is unveiling its latest Pop Up place—a new garden at 20th and Market streets!
PHS has transformed a vacant lot in bustling Center City into a peaceful oasis, providing a welcome reprieve from the workday. Starting this week, the garden will be open on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and everyone is welcome to visit.
Funding for this temporary green space comes courtesy of the William Penn Foundation, with additional assistance from the Brandywine Realty Trust and Independence Blue Cross. Six nearby restaurants are also participating by offering special dishes that use produce grown at the garden; proceeds will be donated to PHS for future greening initiatives.
The transformed landscape covers nearly 32,000 square feet and includes an herb and vegetable production area. The central goal for this downtown destination is to raise awareness for City Harvest, a PHS program that provides fresh produce for Philadelphians in need. Learn more here. Visitors will also get to re-experience “écolibrium,” an exhibit of sustainable building and gardening originally created by Temple University Ambler for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show.
The PHS Pop Up Garden will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 pm with free, on-site horticultural workshops. (Topics will include container gardening, cut flowers, organic pest control, and more.) Fitness classes, tours, and other special events will be planned throughout the summer as well.
For more information: http://philadelphiagreen.wordpress.com/