Get Involved with Garden Clubs

Ever think about getting involved with a garden club? You absolutely should! The greater Philadelphia area is crowded with clubs, so there’s bound to be one (or two or three) that are a good fit for you. Some are based around a special interest, like the Delaware African Violet and Gesneriad Society, and others are primarily location-based, like the Master Gardeners of Mercer County.

Click here for a compilation of garden clubs with open meetings. This is a tiny sampling though, so sound off in the comments sections if there’s a club you’d like to see recognized.

Remember, garden clubs are a great opportunity to connect to the horticultural scene in your area, and will likely lead to involvement in community-service projects, plant swaps, and garden tours. You could even end up exhibiting at the Flower Show!

Final Week for “The Art of Begonias”

If you are busily preparing your trip to the newly opened Barnes Foundation, be sure to add a visit to PHS on your itinerary. From now through June 1, the first-floor McLean Library at PHS headquarters (20th & Arch streets) will host The Art of Begonias, an exhibit of art and horticulture.

The show features a selection of spectacular begonias from the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Begonia Society and from Meadowbrook Farm, as well as the artistic creations of the American Society of Botanical Illustrators.

The Art of Begonias culminates with a begonia sale on May 31 and June 1 (while supplies last). Admission is free. The exhibition is open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (except for today, Memorial Day).

And if you’d like even more great art-related events, check out With Art Philadelphia!

Hop Aboard the Trip to Storm King Art Center

PHS is leading a trip to the Storm King Art Center on Thursday, June 14. The group will travel on a roomy coach to the lower Hudson Valley, home to one of the world’s leading sculpture parks.

Storm King Art Center (one hour north of New York City) offers a 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands—the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures. The focus of the collection is large-scale, abstract sculpture, much of it in steel. It also includes figurative work and sculpture in stone, earth, and other materials.

We would love to have you join us. Click here for registration information.

Memorial Day Weekend Specials at Meadowbrook Farm

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of grilling season! Why not add some veggies and herbs to your garden in order to expand your summer BBQ menu?

Shop Meadowbrook Farm this weekend for some fabulous specials, including 20% off hanging baskets and all edibles (veggie starts, herbs and fruit trees). PHS Members save an additional 10%! And, starting at 1 pm on Saturday, sample savory dishes whipped up by the Meadowbrook staff.

Memorial Day Weekend Hours:
Saturday, May 26: 8 am-6 pm
Sunday, May 27:  10 am-5 pm
Monday, May 28: closed

Let’s start the season of summer food and blooms!

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Show Us Your Stuff: City Gardens Contest now Accepting Nominations

If you are an urban gardener, consider signing up for the City Gardens Contest, an opportunity for PHS to shine the spotlight on all the amazing green spaces cultivated and cared for by Philadelphians!

Each summer the PHS City Gardens Contest sends elite judges to all corners of the city. Home gardeners may enter front-yard or back-yard flower and/or vegetable gardens, or gardens grown exclusively in containers. Community gardeners may participate by entering their vegetable and/or flower gardens, parks, or garden blocks.

The deadline for entering the contest is June 10. Judging occurs in July and August, and winning gardens are recognized at a presentation in the fall. Click here for more information and to fill out the entry form.

Tall Topiaries at Logan Square

As part of the recent City in Bloom event, PHS oversaw the installation of giant “lollipop” plantings in Logan Square!

Taking a nod from traditional British topiary, these orb-like elevated plantings consist of Coleus ‘Sedona’ and orange lantanas. The PHS Public Landscape Design and Management team had the idea, and Tom Reber and Bernie Pettit from Meadowbrook Farm were commissioned for construction. Both men had experience with planting and caring for hanging baskets—although this project is on a much bigger scale!

Black iron pipe (meant for plumbing work) was fashioned into a globe-like shapes and covered in coconut fiber. Each sphere was then filled with about six bags of soil. Next, the men cut slits into the coconut fiber and plugged in the plants.

As you can see from the photos, the plantings aren’t exactly bursting with color yet, but Tom Reber says the recent warm temperatures will lead to a brilliant pop of orange in a week or so.

When you are in Center City, enjoying everything about With Art Philadelphia, admire these whimsical additions to the Parkway landscape.

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