The other day I happened to be walking up Market Street when I noticed a beautiful garden where I had never noticed one before. It was complete with benches and other wonderful spots to sit and enjoy the garden. Turns out it was a Philadelphia Horticultural Society Pop-Up Garden that is only available for a limited time and runs special programs and events through the end of the summer.
This summer, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has created Pops Up garden spaces at three Center City sites. The sudden transformations on the urban landscapes demonstrate the organization’s year-round work in design, horticulture, sustainability, and building healthy communities. PHS gardeners also conduct free garden walks every Wednesday and Thursday, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
At the 20th and Market location, PHS has transformed a vacant lot in bustling Center City into a peaceful oasis, providing a welcome reprieve from the workday. The garden is open on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 12 noon – 2pm and everyone is welcome to visit. In addition Science in the Garden with The Franklin Institute for kids runs at 12:30pm every other Wednesday.
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.
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 three Pop-Up Gardens are located at 20th and Market, PHS Headquarters and Logan Square. For a full-line up of events at the PHS 20th and Market Pop-Up Garden can be found at http://pennhort.net/phspopsupevents.