Neighborhood Gardens Trust Names Executive Director Press Release

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Neighborhood Gardens Trust Names Executive Director

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 16) — The rejuvenated Neighborhood Gardens Trust, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with a mission of preserving, protecting and increasing the number of gardens and open spaces across the city, announces the appointment of  Jenny Greenberg as NGT’s first Executive Director. Greenberg, a city planner and non-profit professional, has been focused throughout her career on the environmental restoration of underutilized urban spaces and fostering opportunities for city residents to engage with nature.

NGT President Margaret McCarvill made the announcement on behalf of the Board of Directors in conjunction with a thank-you event for sponsors, partners and gardeners. “As an independent non-profit organization committed to growing the vibrant community of neighborhood gardens and open spaces in Philadelphia, it was time for NGT to broaden our structure with our own executive director,” McCarvill said. “Jenny’s background, experience and commitment to preservation and expansion of open space and city gardens make her the perfect person to lead NGT into its next phase of growth.”

A grant-writing consultant to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation since 2010, Greenberg developed funding strategies and grant proposals for major public projects along the Central Delaware River Waterfront in Philadelphia, generating over $9 million for the implementation of projects including Pier 53 Park, the future Pier 68 Park, the Delaware River Trail, and Spruce Street Harbor Park.  Formerly Vice President for Neighborhood Initiatives with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership in Camden for more than ten years, Greenberg worked with community groups to create neighborhood plans for environmentally sustainable development anchored by new waterfront parks and a citywide greenway. She also worked with neighborhood stakeholders to build the capacity of local community-based organizations, serving in a variety of roles including acting executive director, board member, grant writing consultant, and project manager.

“Community gardens anchor neighborhoods and bring residents together to make our city move livable and green. I am delighted to serve as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Gardens Trust as it seeks to sustain and expand community gardening in Philadelphia,” Greenberg said.

Greenberg holds a BA from Vassar College and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the University City Arts League and previously served as the Board Chair of Moonstone Preschool during a major expansion and building campaign.  A native of the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia who attended Central High School, Greenberg lives in West Philadelphia with her husband and two children.

About the Neighborhood Gardens Trust

The goal of NGT is to increase the number of gardens and open spaces from the 34 it owns or leases to more than 100 by the end of 2016. The recent passage of legislation creating the Philadelphia Land Bank, a mechanism for turning vacant land into productive use, will help NGT reach this goal, reflecting the rising trend of households growing their own food and the increase in community gardening. The parcels of land under NGT’s umbrella range from single house lots to 3.7-acre spaces. The gardens include tranquil spots filled with flowers and trees to bountiful vegetable gardens that contribute to the PHS City Harvest program, which raises fresh, healthy food for families in need. NGT’s predecessor, the Neighborhood Gardens Association, was established in 1986. The renamed Neighborhood Gardens Trust became an affiliate of PHS in 2012. For more information, visit for details on NGT and its individual gardens.

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Media contact: Alan Jaffe, PHS, 215.988.8833, (m) 267.968.0859,


Top Ten Things at the PHS Fall Festival!

Top Ten things to see and do at the PHS Fall Festival on Saturday, September 20!

By: Jamie McFadden

  1. Shop PHS

    • The PHS Store offers an assortment of the latest trends in plants and products from PHS Meadowbrook Farm. Choose from a colorful selection of must-have flowers and plants for fall!
  2. Beer Garden

    Beer Garden

    • Stop in the Beer Garden and enjoy a frosty beverage by Yards Brewing! Beers and shopping always go hand-in-hand.
  3. Franklin Flea


    • A curated market of over 60 top vendors of antique, vintage and up-cycled furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, and fresh cooked or small batch pre-packaged food, as well as a select number of jewelry, art, and handmade goods by local artisans and designers.
  4. PHS Member Benefits

    Plant Dividend Tent

    • The PHS Plant Dividend Tent offers PHS members the opportunity to select a free plant! PHS members also receive discounts at the PHS Store and select PHS Marketplace vendors. It always saves to be a PHS Member!
  5. Preview of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show

    2015 FlowerShow Poster

    • Walk the red carpet and learn more about “Lights, Camera, Bloom!
  6. Harvest Bounty Tent

    Harvest Bounty Tent

    • Gardeners can show off their own prized produce in the Fall Festival’s harvest-time contests. They can compete in “Garden Giants,” a showcase for beautiful, large tomatoes, squash, and other veggies. Or they can create a stunning arrangement of seasonal flowers, vegetables, fruit, and herbs for the “Garden Bounty” contest.
  7. City Harvest Farmers Market


    • The market will offer a wide variety of fresh produce from local gardens. All proceeds from the Harvest Market will benefit PHS City Harvest.
  8. Live Entertainment


    • Tunes will be flowing courtesy of Jesse & the Revelator (a folk band with Missouri roots), local favorite Greg Davis, The Independence School of Rock Band and the all-star acoustic band from 2stock!
  9. Kids Zone

    Kids Zone

    • The Kids Zone is jam-packed with activities, including veggie races, lawn games, pumpkin painting and a visit from the Philadelphia Eagles’ Cheerleaders and Swoop!
  10. Fall Foodie Destination


Follow the fun of the PHS Fall Garden Festival on Twitter:@PHS_Gardening, Facebook: and Instagram: @PhilaFlowerShow


Flower Show News

Photo Credit: Gardens By the Bay, Singapore

Cloud Garden from the Singapore Garden Festival featured at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

By: Jamie McFadden

The neon zelkova trees at the PHS Pop Up Garden are not the only influence from the 2014 PHS Flower Show:

  • PHS President Drew Becher is being hosted by the Singapore Garden Festival to judge the 2014 Gardens by the Bay! The Singapore Garden Festival is a bi-annual event and draws visitors all from all over the Pacific. Drew traveled via Qatar Airways out of Philadelphia to bring the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show global! Joining Drew as Flower Show ambassadors are Miniature Setting designers Louise Krasniewicz, Deb Mackie and Nancy Grube, Major Exhibitors Michael Petrie and Joe Palimeno and International Designers James Basson and Andy Sturgeon. Drew will also be connecting with Jim Fogarty, a designer from Australia, who will be featured at the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.
    Joe Palimeno's exhibit at the 2015 Singapore Garden Festival.  Photo Credit: Ledden Palimeno Landscaping  Co.

    Joe Palimeno’s exhibit at the 2015 Singapore Garden Festival.
    Photo Credit: Ledden Palimeno Landscaping Co.

    Congratulations are in order for Michael Petrie! Petrie, a Best in Show Winner at the PHS FS, won Fantasy Garden Gold and Best of Show award for his exhibit titled Back to the Wild. Also, Joe Palimeno won silver for his landscape design. Thanks for creating such inspiring, beautiful work! Now, get back to Philadelphia so we can finish working on the 2015 Flower Show!

    Back to the Wild by Michael Petrie Photo Credit: Singapore Garden Festival

    Back to the Wild by Michael Petrie
    Photo Credit: Singapore Garden Festival

  • Speaking of the 2015 Flower Show… Sam Lemheney, Chief of Shows and Events is working on early renderings of the 2015 Entrance Garden. Wow! This year’s presentation will be unlike anything previously experienced at the Show.
    A sneak peek of the 2015 Entrance Garden!

    A sneak peek of the 2015 Entrance Garden!

  • Have we mentioned that tickets for the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show are on sale now? For ticket information click HERE.

In other Flower Show News:

  • Delaware University students from the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources repurposed their 2014 Flower Show exhibit to restore a wetland reservation.

    Bruck said that one of the aims of the Philadelphia Flower show project is to make the entire exhibit more sustainable. “One way to do that is to make sure the plants from the exhibit go to a good home,” said Bruck. “We focused our exhibit this year on native riparian buffer plants. These plants were perfect for the wetland restoration project.”

    So next time you visit the Flower Show and are wondering what’s being done with all the exhibits, rest assured that PHS and our exhibitors work tireless to practice sustainability. To learn more about the Delaware University students’ restoration project click here.

  • The 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is featured in a new program titled Tapping In airing this Sunday (8/17) on the CW at 5pm. Join Linda Swain as she showcases some of the biggest events in this city of brotherly love! The Flower Show draws a quarter of a million to see how happiness blooms in the dead of winter.

Stay up to date on all the Flower Show happenings by connecting to The Philadelphia Flower Show on Facebook, on Twitter @PhilaFlowerShow and Instagram @PhilaFlowerShow!

Rolling Stones: EP Henry ROCKS The Flower Show

EP Henry picThere are so many people who contribute to the success of The Flower Show. From sponsors and partners to volunteers and special guests, it truly takes a village to raise our big, beautiful, blooming Show. Today, we’re spotlighting one sponsor who really rocks—literally.

For years, EP Henry has provided all the landscape stones for The Flower Show, which is no small job. This year alone, 24 exhibits feature materials from EP Henry, including the pits from which BANDALOOP rises for their dynamic performances!

You can also see EP Henry stones and landscaping materials in the Horticourt and at the entrance to the Show for our “Art in Bloom” exhibit. And don’t miss EP Henry’s own exhibit—their twelfth foray onto the floor of the Flower Show.  “The Art of Outdoor Living,” designed by Joe Palimeno of Ledden Palimeno, features gorgeous items from their fabulous new eco line.

We always marvel at the sheer volume of materials that it takes to build exhibits each year. Here’s a breakdown of some staggering stats about the rocks and stones at this year’s Flower Show:

  • It took 14 trucks to bring in all the materials this year.
  • The combined weight of all the materials on those trucks? Nearly 128,000 pounds!
  • The haul included approximately 75 cubes of paver products.
  • For PHS’s exhibit, EP Henry mixed special colors for the featured stones.
  • EP Henry, who strives to inspire landscapers, delivered 9,720 pamphlets with exciting ideas and tips for horticulturalists of all levels.

Click here to purchase tickets to The Flower Show and see how EP Henry can really rock you.

The Snow Is Outside, But A Special Ticket Sale Is Blooming Inside!

Entrance6 It’s only snowy on the outside–enjoy spring, flowers, and a rainbow of color inside at the Flower Show! The Show will remain open regardless of what Mother Nature brings, and to celebrate spring we have a one day special price ticket of $20.00 that will only be offered until 11:59 pm Monday night. This special Snow Ticket can be used for any day of the week and does not need to be redeemed on Monday–join us any day now through Sunday.

We don’t want you to miss the acres of flowers, blooming trees, graceful water features–all the sights, sounds, and scents that will make winter’s chill melt away from you. Take advantage of our special snow sale now by clicking here and be a part of the celebration! Remember, the #FlowerShow is #OPENinPHL.

Go Green in Love! The Best Horticultural Sites to See in Ireland


The wedding of the season is upon us! Just ask Roxanne Wilson and Frank Kennedy, who won PHS’s and Philadelphia Wedding’s Greatest Groom contest. They’re getting an all-expenses-paid experience on Wedding Wednesday at the Philadelphia Flower Show. And what’s the only way to complete a free, florally festive wedding? Obviously with an all-expenses-paid honeymoon to the Emerald Isle, courtesy of our friends at Tourism Ireland.

A jagged and beautiful coast, endless rolling hills of green, heavy rains followed by a brilliant blue sky—this is what comes to mind when thinking of Ireland. This is exactly what you’ll find on the 2,500-kilometer coastal drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. From Donegal in the north all the way down to Cork in the very south, you can see the unspoiled, untamed beauty of Ireland, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful gardens. Below you’ll find the stops you really can’t miss. (And we hope Roxanne and Frank visit some of these sites on their honeymoon, too!)

The Best Horticultural Sites to See Along the Wild Atlantic Way

Burren1. “Europe’s Largest Rock Garden”
The rugged area of Burren is actually abundant with Ireland’s most beautiful and rare flora and fauna. It is also the site of Burren National Park.
2. Garnish Island Gardens
From carefully crafted secret gardens to nature’s untamed beauty, this Irish Island has something for every horticulture buff.
muckross3. Muckross House
This beautiful, Tudor-style mansion is known for its breathtaking gardens. It was the starting point for the Republic of Ireland’s first National Park (now Killarney National Park).

See more of the Wild Atlantic Way and plan your trip here and learn more about Tourism Ireland here.

Only Four More Days! So Much to Learn in So Many Ways

Horticourt (8)The Pennsylvania Convention Center is springing to life with blooming plants, graceful trees, and beautiful water features! Two familiar sights on the Show floor are the Gardener’s Studio and the Designer’s Studio, joined this year by the Garden to Table Studio (formerly on the Grand Concourse). Each venue has an exciting line up of presentations, sure to not only entertain and educate, but also enhance your overall experience. As an added bonus, you can sit down and give your feet a rest!

If there’s a gardening topic you’re interested in, there’s probably a speaker for you. The Gardener’s Studio, sponsored by Subaru, hosts programs throughout the day. We’re looking forward to seeing Jill Bauer from QVC, who will get kids excited about gardening by making fun family projects like DIY birdfeeders, hand-painted garden markers, and homemade IMG_0065strawberry jam. Tovah Martin will makeover your image of houseplants forever. Given a swank facelift, some chic terracotta, or planted in a mini indoor garden—your peperomia will never be the same. And Mark Shaw, from Bartlett Tree Experts, will encourage you to beautify your landscape by focusing on highly ornamental flowering trees of different sizes suitable for urban and suburban landscapes.

Back by popular request at the Gardener’s Studio, the “Container Garden Challenge” is a friendly competition where three designers take the stage at the same time, creating a container planting from a single table of plants. Upon completion, the audience will be able to vote for their favorite finished container through a show of hands or applause. No prizes–just for fun!

Each year the Designer’s Studio invites the nation’s best floral designers to show their stuff live on stage. Be inspired by the artistic process as assorted materials are assembled into art before your eyes. The DS1Designer’s Studio also hosts head-to-head competitions among design professionals and amateur contestants throughout the week. These live face-offs provide the drama and suspense of a reality TV show and you, the Flower Show visitor, vote to determine the winner. The shows are high energy, inspirational, and always exciting.

In 2013, Organic Gardening editor-in-chief Ethne Clarke, along with other members of the magazine’s editorial staff,  welcomed world-renowned chefs to the Garden to Table Studio, including Daniel Stern, chef and owner of Philadelphia’s famed R2L and MidAtlantic restaurants, and Edward Lee, Organic Gardening’s Simply Fresh Contributing Chef, acclaimed chef at Louisville’s 610 Magnolia, “Iron Chef America” competitor, and James Beard finalist for Best Chef. This year’s roster promises to be just as impressive, as presenters create their dishes in a true chef’s kitchen on the Flower Show floor.

Be sure to download the Flower Show app on your desktop or mobile device, and you’ll have the complete schedules for all three studios at your fingertips. You’re going to learn something new at the Show, and have a great time doing it!

Create An Indoor Oasis With Our Houseplant Sale

blogIt may be cold outside, but it’s toasty warm inside the greenhouses at PHS Meadowbrook Farm! Shop this weekend and save 20% at our houseplant sale (PHS Members save 30%)!
Add some green to your décor with blooming and foliage plants including stunning begonias, ferns, orchids, cyclamen, bromeliads, croton, and dracaena. Also available are the oh-so-trendy cacti, succulents and more! Accessorize your potted beauty with a decorative container and plant it inside for a great mid-winter pick me up.

Located in Abington Township, PHS Meadowbrook Farm is tucked away at 1633 Washington Lane and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, call 215-887-5900.