It was a bittersweet day for PHS when the Pops Up Garden at 20th and Market held its closing ceremonies. While the garden was always intended to be temporary, it’s amazing how quickly it “grew roots” on its Center City corner. As such, Monday’s ceremony was all about celebrating the garden’s positive effect on the community—and the capacity of a small space to make big change in a short amount of time.
The garden, which began life in May, produced more than 600 pounds of vegetables and herbs for City Harvest, a PHS program that provides fresh produce to families in need citywide. It was home to 10,000 ladybugs and more than 150,000 honeybees. It represents the collaborative effort of people, corporations, and communities, including more than 150 volunteers. Thanks to everyone who supported this project. Stay tuned to see where PHS will “pop up” next, and send us your suggestions in the comments section below.