An Urban Garden Oasis

A new garden popped up recently in a Philadelphia neighborhood, a showcase for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s community greening programs.

| July 1, 2011

  • Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter joins opening day ceremonies at the new PHS Pops Up garden from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
    Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter joins opening day ceremonies at the new PHS Pops Up garden from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
    courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • A bird's-eye view of the PHS Pops Up Garden in Philadelphia, courtesy of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
    A bird's-eye view of the PHS Pops Up Garden in Philadelphia, courtesy of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
    courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • PHS Pops Up, a showcase for the community greening programs sponsored by The Pennyslvania Horticultural Society, is at 20th and Market streets in Philadelphia.
    PHS Pops Up, a showcase for the community greening programs sponsored by The Pennyslvania Horticultural Society, is at 20th and Market streets in Philadelphia.
    courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • The new PHS Pops Up garden is designed to spotlight the efforts of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's City Harvest program.
    The new PHS Pops Up garden is designed to spotlight the efforts of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's City Harvest program.
    courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Spring at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.
    Spring at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.
    iStockphoto.com/Xiaoping Liang
  • Planting a garden along a city street.
    Planting a garden along a city street.
    iStockphoto.com/Marcel Pelletier

  • Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter joins opening day ceremonies at the new PHS Pops Up garden from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
  • A bird's-eye view of the PHS Pops Up Garden in Philadelphia, courtesy of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
  • PHS Pops Up, a showcase for the community greening programs sponsored by The Pennyslvania Horticultural Society, is at 20th and Market streets in Philadelphia.
  • The new PHS Pops Up garden is designed to spotlight the efforts of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's City Harvest program.
  • Spring at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.
  • Planting a garden along a city street.

Philadelphia — A vacant lot in the center of the asphalt jungle has suddenly gone green. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society recently introduced “PHS Pops Up” at 20th and Market Streets, a showcase for PHS’s community greening programs.

Thanks to the generosity of Brandywine Realty Trust and Independence Blue Cross with funding from the William Penn Foundation, PHS is cultivating a temporary oasis that will grow much more than vegetables, herbs, grains and flowers. The effort will garner support and awareness for PHS’s City Harvest program, which provides fresh produce for underserved residents. Joining the effort are six of Philadelphia’s well-known chefs – Daniel Stern of R2L, Guillermo Tellez of Square 1682, Chris Scarduzio of Table 31, Michael Schulson of Sampan, Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo, and Lynn Rinaldi of Paradiso – who will create special dishes using the garden’s bounty and donate proceeds back to City Harvest.

“This unique project brings together an amazing team of corporate partners, great chefs, landscape architects, academics, and urban farmers,” says PHS President Drew Becher. “Our goal is to engage residents and visitors in the beauty and impact of community gardens, and inspire them to support programs that build healthy communities.”

The garden brings together the nonprofit and corporate sectors for an extraordinary collaboration.



“We are delighted to participate in PHS’s inaugural pop-up garden,” says Gerard H. Sweeney, president and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust. “This greening initiative is an important program that activates the urban landscape and creates a community gathering place within our central business district. We believe this is an excellent use of our site for this growing season as we prepare the land for future development.”

“Independence Blue Cross is excited to partner with PHS on this project that combines greening and improving the community’s health in a unique way,” says Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of IBC. “The Pops Up Garden beautifies this Market Street corner and offers an original way for thousands of workers, residents, students and families to learn more about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.”





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