Hit the Road with PHS

450px-US_Botanic_Garden_Entrance_-_APHS will lead a coach trip on February 5 to Washington, D.C.

The first stop is a guided tour of the Conservatory Gardens of the United States Botanic Garden, which is gaining national recognition for its work in sustainability and plant conservation. After the tour, the group will walk a short distance to the National Museum of the American Indian’s highly acclaimed Mitsitam Café (cafeteria style), serving a choice of indigenous cuisines of the Americas.

This is followed by a tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. This is the perfect way to get in an “ARTiculture” frame of mind, as the Portrait Gallery is one of the museum’s collaborating on the upcoming Flower Show!

To register for the D.C. trip, click here.

From Tie-Dye to Wi-Fi: Longwood to Host Future-Focused Symposium

Our friends at Longwood Gardens, specifically the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware, will host its annual symposium “From Tie-Dye to Wi-Fi: Envisioning the Next Generation of Leadership in Public Horticulture” on March 7, 2014, at Longwood in Kennett Square, PA. The symposium focuses on the future of public horticulture leadership in a time of shifting demographics, changing social patterns and fluctuating funding sources.

Clearly such a topic isn’t intended for everyone—it’s not exactly terrarium-making—but for professionals at public gardens, conservation-oriented organizations, and cultural institutions, this is a can’t-miss conversation.

The symposium will feature speakers who are accomplished in cultivating new leaders, succession planning, and engaging young professionals. In this time of social and economic transition, these skills are invaluable in helping us prepare for the future of public horticulture.

Online registration is open. For more information, click here or call the Longwood Graduate Program office at 302-831-2517.


January 2014 Gardening Events & Kids Patch

Want to make a resolution that’s well within reach? Then pledge to spend time in 2014 appreciating and exploring the natural world. And if you’re a parent, it’s never too early to pass this on to the little ones as well!

Each month PHS compiles a list of regional greening/gardening programs and events. One highlight for January is a workshop at the Tyler Arboretum that will teach you how to grow gourmet shiitake mushrooms at home. Also, the Philadelphia Botanical Club is leading a field trip to identify woody plants. If flowers are more your focus, there are several arranging demonstrations in the mix too.

Click here for the January 2014 list.

If you have any young ones in your life, you’ll also enjoy our monthly Kids Patch. You’ll likely be surprised by the abundance of kid-oriented offerings, such as nature walks and crafts.

Click here for the January 2014 Kids Patch.

And don’t forget these fantastic PHS events for garden lovers and educators!

PHS Garden Tenders 101: Seed Starting and Getting Ready for Spring
January 25, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
PHS Mclean Library
100 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
Register at:  https://www.pennhort.net/gardentenders
This class covers season extenders, garden planning, and starting seeds, both indoors and out. Participants will take home a kit to start seeds appropriate for spring.

PHS Garden Tenders 102: Starting a Community Garden
January 29, 2014, 6 -8:30 p.m.
Fifth Floor
100 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Register at:  https://www.pennhort.net/gardentenders
This one-session class covers recruiting and keeping volunteers, assessing and finding resources in your neighborhood, finding a garden site and getting permission, and forming partnerships for a successful community garden.  Participants will schedule follow-up session and tour.

Groundhog Day Celebration and Season Extender Workshop
February 1, 2014, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Register at:  www.friendsofheinzrefuge.org
Six more weeks of winter? No matter what the groundhog predicts, you can always get a jump on spring in the garden with coldframes, hoops, and other season extenders. Join us for this and other workshops, for both children and adults, at Tinicum Tim’s Groundhog Day Celebration at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Happy new year!

#GivingTuesday Has Arrived!

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.

Thank you!

December Events & the PHS Kids Patch

‘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



Deck Your Halls with Fresh Greens and Festive Candles!

a set of votive birds editedHappy 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 IMG_597910am 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!

PHeaSt Friday: The 2013 Recipes

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!

PHeaSt 2013 Recipes



The Holidays are Here at PHS Meadowbrook Farm

IMG_5898The 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 GreensContainers.House2colors 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.