Fun Times at Science Festival

PHS had great fun participating in the Philadelphia Science Festival, which concludes tomorrow, April 28. Cold, rainy weather on April 15 didn’t stop Philadelphia’s science- and nature-lovers from attending the kick-off carnival and planting a plug with PHS (as seen in the photos below).

PHS’s involvement with the Festival continued over the next two weeks: Lori Hayes, a popular presenter in the PHS Gardening Series, taught school-age children about starting seeds. A few days later PHS led an Earth Day nature walk at the John Heinz National Wildlife Reserve. Then, on Monday, PHS presented live narrations of “The Perfect Flower” at The Academy of Natural Sciences.

The Science Festival was a fantastic way of bringing together citywide cultural institutions, museums, and community centers to inspire a love of science in today’s youth. There are several activities planned for today and tomorrow, so visit www.philasciencefestival.org to learn more.

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Royalty Reigns at the Meadowbrook Farm Spring Open House

Didn’t get invited to the royal wedding? We’ve got the next best thing. Come to the Meadowbrook Farm Open House on Saturday, April 30 (8am to 6pm), for a day of shopping, music, food, and more.

The estate and gardens have been decked out for a “proper” English tea. Far from old-fashioned, this party features funky found objects and pops of spring color. A display of PHS Gold Medal Plants will highlight the absolute best plants for the region.

These displays, courtesy of Nectars Landscape & Design, will inspire you to add flair and fun to your castle. Shop Meadowbrook for herbs, hanging baskets, bulbs, and gifts for Mother’s Day (May 8).

Be further inspired by attending free mini-demonstrations led by gardening connoisseurs! The line-up is…

  • 10 am, Compost ‘Tea’ & Other Tips for a Greener Garden
  • 11 am, A Modern Twist on Elegant English Design
  • 12 noon, 600 Pounds of Produce: Competitive Pumpkin Growing
  • 1 pm, The Royal Treatment: Traditional English Arrangements
  • 2 pm, Fit for a King: The Must-Have Plants for Spring

On top of all that, the Open House features a kids’ activity, face painting, and fantastic lunches and snacks from Curds ‘n Whey. Find more information at www.meadowbrookfarm.org. This Open House is sure to be smashing!

Royalty Reigns at the Meadowbrook Farm Spring Open House

Didn’t get invited to the royal wedding? We’ve got the next best thing. Come to the Meadowbrook Farm Open House on Saturday, April 30 (8am to 6pm), for a day of shopping, music, food, and more.

The estate and gardens have been decked out for a “proper” English tea. Far from old-fashioned, this party features funky found objects and pops of spring color. A display of PHS Gold Medal Plants will highlight the absolute best plants for the region.

These displays, courtesy of Nectars Landscape & Design, will inspire you to add flair and fun to your castle. Shop Meadowbrook for herbs, hanging baskets, bulbs, and gifts for Mother’s Day (May 8).

Be further inspired by attending free mini-demonstrations led by gardening connoisseurs! The line-up is…

  • 10 am, Compost ‘Tea’ & Other Tips for a Greener Garden
  • 11 am, A Modern Twist on Elegant English Design
  • 12 noon, 600 Pounds of Produce: Competitive Pumpkin Growing
  • 1 pm, The Royal Treatment: Traditional English Arrangements
  • 2 pm, Fit for a King: The Must-Have Plants for Spring

On top of all that, the Open House features a kids’ activity, face painting, and fantastic lunches and snacks from Curds ‘n Whey. Find more information at www.meadowbrookfarm.org. This Open House is sure to be smashing!

Race Street Pier is Almost Ready!

The Race Street Pier is racing to be ready by opening day, May 12.  This waterfront destination will feature an upper-level promenade and a lower-level green terrace featuring plenty of trees and lawn to relax, exercise, and meet with friends. We can’t wait to see it!

Earlier this week, 75 special guests in hardhats were invited on a tour of the in-progress park. Check out the PHS Facebook page for photos—be sure to hit the “like” button to stay in the loop.

A big thanks to Edward Savaria for this great photo.

It’s Not Too Late to LOVE Your Park!

Making an impact on your community can be easy.  Become a part of LOVE Your Park Day by volunteering a few hours of your time on the morning of April 16 at your neighborhood park or recreation center.  It’s not too late to get involved!

Not sure what parks need your help? Click here for a listing.  Then register here. If you want to hang with the PHS Young Friends, head to Chew Playground (Ellsworth Street between 18th and 19th streets).

Let’s break a record: Last year’s LOVE Your Park Day gathered 2, 350 volunteers who donated more than 8,000 hours at more than 90 regional parks!

Philadelphia LandCare Program Recognition

PHS is honored to announce that the Philadelphia LandCare Program, coordinated by PHS and funded by the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development, has been chosen as a Bright Idea recipient.

The Bright Idea awards, selected by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, recognize organizations which address pressing public issues through creative, pioneering programming.

The LandCare Program works to transform trash-strewn, idle parcels of land by adding trees, wood fences, and well-maintained lawns in order to increase the economic progress and revitalize the quality of life in these neighborhoods.

In the words of Deborah McColloch, director of OHCD, “LandCare is lifting up some of Philadelphia’s most distressed communities and providing jobs for neighborhood residents.”

Interested in learning more? Check out the Community LandCare Groups on the PHS website, or learn more about the program here.