Edible Philadelphia


By: Jamie McFadden

The culinary renaissance of Philadelphia is well documented with many great restaurants and chefs sharing credit for the expressive, delicious dishes we have come to expect from one of the world’s great eating cities.

On Friday, October 17 amid the uncommon elegance of the Warehouse at The Navy Yard, more than 25 of today’s inspiring chefs will gather to present PHeaSt. Their savory selections, still under wraps until opening, will provide a fresh approach to an even fresher idea – hyperlocal eating.  Local growers “within a stone’s throw” will provide the crispy, organic and fresh produce used in many of the recipes. We are honored to host this year’s exceptional chefs for PHeaSt. Here is a look at just a few of our talented participants:

Thomas HarkinsThomas Harkins
approaches his menu of contemporary, yet inherently American dishes with energy and creativity, while honoring the simplicity of the ingredients that blend the familiar with the unexpected. He found his love for cooking as a teen and started in the restaurant industry at age 15 and has been cooking ever since. Harkins is a native Philadelphian. And his culinary resume includes more than 20 years of experience. He has been awarded “Best of” by local publications, but states his proudest accomplishment has been cooking four times at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. Bank and Bourbon opened in the Spring of 2014 to rave reviews and calls the Loews Hotel home.

Daniel Stern is the chef and owner of R2L, the acclaimed modern-American restaurant that is set on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place in Center City Philadelphia.  Daniel, with the support of family and friends, realized that he had actually found his true passion way back when he was a teenager, peeling apples in his mother’s bakery. So, he set out to learn his craft from the best teachers he could find, including Rocco DiSpirito, Gray Kunz, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud. R2L, which opened in January of 2010, is now his home and it is there that he continues to explore his fascination with food and to push the boundaries of modern American dining. R2L has the best views in the city, but it’s the food that you will remember.Palmer

From Bucks County with family rooted in Italy, Palmer Marinelli understands the “Farm to Table” mantra. It was not until Palmer traveled to Switzerland, where he fully realized the cultural impact food has on a society. After traveling Europe and exploring the intricacies of a diverse culinary landscape, Palmer returned to Philadelphia and began his gastronomic endeavors at Pub & Kitchen.  After four years of learning the kitchen, Pub & Kitchen turned the reigns over to Palmer and he remained in charge for two years. Palmer now calls the kitchen at The Diving Horse his home.  The Diving Horse’s menu is inspired by the Adriatic Coast, which lends itself nicely in the beach-side town of Avalon where Diving Horse resides. When not in Avalon, Palmer turns his focus to Filter Dining Room and continuing his culinary adventure by apprenticing in kitchens all over the globe, most recently in Australia and San Francisco.

Pennsylvania native Andrew Wood, along with his wife Kristin Wood, is the owner and chef of Russet Andrew serves new American cuisine with nods to northern Italian and southern French flavors and techniques.  Before opening Russet, Andrew cooked at Old City’s acclaimed Fork where he spearheaded the ambitious charcuterie program that was awarded Philadelphia magazine’s “Best of Philly” in 2010Andrew has also held positions in other top kitchens across the country, including the Napa Valley’s Terra, San Francisco’s Quince and Chicago’s TRU. Working alongside some of America’s most gifted and well-respected chefs, he honed his abilities in animal butchery and hand-shaping pasta, as well as art of sourcing ingredients locally and cooking with the seasons, skills that influence the seasonal fare he prepares and serves at Russet.

Proceeds from PHeaSt support PHS City Harvest, which helps over 1,200 families get fresh produce every week during the growing season. Purchase your ticket today to this fascinating event. We are proud to announce this year’s line-up of Culinary Partners for PHeaSt.

  • Aramark
  • Bank and Bourbon
  • Barren Hill
  • Brulee Catering
  • Bryn & Dane’s
  • Buttonwood Grill
  • Campbell’s Place
  • Catering by Design
  • Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
  • Diving Horse
  • Earl’s Bucks County
  • Eatible Delights
  • Ella’s
  • Heritage
  • Hope Cohen
  • Indeblue
  • Jeffrey A. Miller Catering
  • Koliyan
  • Lil’ Pop Shop
  • Melograno
  • Night Kitchen Bakery
  • Red Owl Tavern
  • R2L
  • Russet
  • Square 1682
  • Supper
  • Twisted Tail
  • Vetri Foundation
  • The Wooden Spoon
  • Zento Contemporary

PHS Day at Triple Oaks Returns on Sunday!


By: Jamie McFadden

PHS membership comes with all sorts of perks. Most everyone knows about the big ones (ticket discounts at PHeaStFlower Show tickets, free plants at the Fall Garden Festival, huge savings with the Subaru VIP Program), but there are plenty more worth acknowledging.

One upcoming thank-you to our members is a discount shopping day at Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden in Franklinville, NJ.

On Sunday, October 5 Triple Oaks Nursery continues  a tradition of celebrating Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Master Gardeners! There will be garden tours, fall snacks including keilbasa sandwiches, and a double the usual 10% discount for card carrying members. Guest joining or renewing PHS membership will also receive a $25 coupon to be used on a purchase that day. If that was not enough, PHS Member & Master Gardener discount will be doubled to 20% from 12pm to 4pm!

Call 856-694-4272 to register for this free event. Not a PHS member? Join today.


Eagles Care Logo

By: Betsy Staub

On September 22nd, the Philadelphia Eagles visited the NET (Northeast Treatment) Center Garden, one of PHS’s newest City Harvest gardens in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. The visit not only harvested vegetables, but it also kicked off our new yearlong partnership between PHS and the Philadelphia Eagles. Through the Eagles Care program, the Philadelphia Eagles partner with selected non-profits to provide assets to the organization and the constituencies they serve which strengthen and support their growth. The partnership will support the PHS City Harvest program, which taps the skills and energy of urban growers to make fresh, nutritious produce more widely available to under-resourced neighborhoods. In addition to feeding 1,200 needy families each week during the growing season, PHS City Harvest supports 26 farmers markets run by growers and local youth programs at over 40 growing sites. The USDA has called the PHS City Harvest program a model for the nation.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez, nose tackle Bennie Logan, and the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders were joined at the NET Center Garden by members of the Eagles Youth Flag Football Team, who learned about healthy eating, and the entire process of planting, growing and harvesting healthy, organic vegetables. “It’s very important for you to getyour vegetables, and to be here learning about it is huge. We’re excited to be here to tackle a huge problem in the city, and that’s food security,” Sanchez said. “(You’re) getting good grades, eating healthy, and running around having an active lifestyle. It sounds like a recipe for success and we’re thrilled to be here and help out.”


In November, the Philadelphia Eagles will visit the PHS Green Resource Center in Strawberry Mansion and install twenty raised beds to be tended by the students of Strawberry Mansion High School. Through this volunteer day, the Eagles’ presence and participation will empower the students involved in the Center, invigorate the underserved Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, and place a media spotlight on a project in critical need of funding and support.

“The partnership we have with the Eagles is an amazing one that we couldn’t be more proud of,” said Drew Becher, the president of PHS. “It’s an organization that truly lives what we’re doing. The Lurie family is very committed to sustainability, healthy living and healthy eating. We look forward to working with the Eagles again as we continue to grow our partnership.”

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!