We made it through Black Friday. And Cyber Monday has come and gone. That means today is the day we’ve been buzzing about: #GivingTuesday!
#GivingTuesday is a national day-long celebration of generosity that reminds people of the importance of supporting worthy causes.
As you’ve likely noticed, it’s also a hashtag. You can track the hashtag across your preferred social media platforms to see how other nonprofits and individuals are marking the occasion. You’ll likely see that celebrities are getting involved too!
Here at PHS, we ask you to consider supporting the PHS City Harvest program on this special day. Since its launch eight years ago, PHS City Harvest has worked to make fresh produce more readily available in Philadelphia neighborhoods. By working in partnership with the Philadelphia Prison System, SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange, a food distribution network), and the Health Promotion Council—among other partners—PHS City Harvest helps to feed 1,200 families a week during the growing season.
To be a part of Giving Tuesday and make a donation to PHS City Harvest, please click here. And don’t be shy; boast about your good deed online by using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayPHL.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, that’s true. And if you’re looking to add a horticultural twist to your holiday, there are plenty of opportunities to do so across the region. Many places, including the Scott Arboretum and Greensgrow Farm, offer wreath-making workshops, ornament activities, and more.
The PHS Holiday Pop Store in Chestnut Hill also has holiday make-and-take sessions on Fridays, December 6 and 13. Get your greens looking gorgeous at these festive DIY workshops by choosing from a selection of wreaths and swags, then embellishing them with ornaments, accessories, and a beautiful holiday bow. Workshop gift prices start at $15.
Consult the lists below for everything you need to make merry this month!
December Gardening & Greening Events
December Kids Patch
Happy Thanksgiving! The PHS Holiday Pop Up Store is stocked with everything you need to decorate inside and out this season, and there’s a special Black Friday sale at the PHS Pop Up Store on November 29. Visit us at 8433 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill for 10% off all cut greens, candles, and candle accessories like these adorable votive holders (PHS members will enjoy 20% off). During December, the Pop Up is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 11 am to 6 pm; Wednesday and Friday 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday: 12 noon to 4 pm; and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: 11 am to 3 pm. The store is closed Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Don’t forget to save the date for the PHS Meadowbrook Farm Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 5pm. There will be plenty of fun for kids–they can visit with Santa and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus from 10am to 2pm, and have fun with a cookie-decorating craft and sample delicious s’mores throughout the day. There will be great shopping all day long and you’ll find beautiful gifts for everyone on your list including scented and taper candles, decorative matches, cozy scarves, tabletop décor, glittering ornaments, and more.
Click here for the holiday gift guide to inspire your holiday purchases, and enjoy the beauty of the season with PHS!
If you attended PHeaSt this year, chances are you’re still dreaming about the inspired culinary creations you sampled from the region’s best chefs. And if you didn’t attend PHeaSt, well then I’m sure you wish you had!
Either way, I am delighted to share a compilation of PHeaSt recipes with you. Some are fairly simple, others might require an entire Sunday in the kitchen—which, with some friends and a bottle of wine, would prove to be satisfying fun.
Of the dozen recipes, some standouts include Hope Cohen’s cauliflower vichyssoise, The Whip Tavern’s short ribs, and the Vetri Foundation’s smoked trout salad. If your family has come to expect mac-and-cheese, think how impressed they’ll be!
Happy PHeaSting and be sure to leave a comment if you attempt one of these dishes at home!
The garden center and gift shop at PHS Meadowbrook Farm are full of gorgeous plants and gifts to make the holiday season come alive! Add a pop of color indoors with paper whites, cyclamen, and amaryllis – the perfect hostess gift for your Thanksgiving celebrations. Choose from a selection of bulbs to plant at home, or choose one that has already started in a variety of festive containers.
Feeling extra merry? Then be sure to purchase your poinsettias and cut greens. Gorgeous poinsettias are available in all shapes and sizes, from two-inch minis to ten-inch hanging baskets grown in-house at Meadowbrook Farm in an a variety of colors including red, white, pink, two-toned, and more! Elegant garlands, wreaths, swags, and painted twigs are also available. And remember, PHS Members save 10% on plants at PHS Meadowbrook Farm year-round. Join PHS on site today!
You’ll want to save the date for the PHS Meadowbrook Farm Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7 from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be plenty of fun for kids with a visit with Santa and story-time with Mrs. Claus from 10 am to 2 pm, plus a cookie decorating craft and delicious s’mores. There will also be great shopping all day long, with beautiful gifts for everyone on your list. Click here for the holiday gift guide to inspire your holiday purchases.
Visit PHS Meadowbrook Farm at 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook, PA; click here for directions. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. Meadowbrook is closed November 28 and 29, and December 24 through January 1.
The NOFA Organic Land Care Program (NOFA OLC) will once again offer its accreditation course in the Philadelphia region, co-sponsored by PHS. The course, taking place December 2 – 5, 2013, at PHS headquarters, invites landscaping professionals, horticulturists, business owners, environmental educators, and others to learn the principles of organic land care design and management.
This year’s presentation will have a special focus on green stormwater infrastructure and will feature industry leaders including Michele Adams, Rachel Ahern, Hasan Malik, Mike Nadeau, and Mark Highland. You can read more about these accomplished individuals here.
By the end of the 30-hour course, attendees will be able to incorporate land care methods and materials that respect natural ecology and the long-term of the environment into their work. The curriculum is based on NOFA’s Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes.
Those planning to attend with colleagues should note that groups of three or more registered by the same business or organization will receive a 10% discount on the registration fees (accreditation and exam fees not included).
For details and to register, click here, and please help spread the word!