Know Before You Go: The Line Up of Speakers is Awesome!

Twig_088There’s so much to see and do at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show! We’re beginning a weekly blog on what you need to know before you go, from shopping opportunities to where to grab a bite and more. This week, let’s look at some of the speakers in the Gardener’s Studio! There should be something for everyone, even the kids thanks to the ever-popular Philadelphia Zoo.

Our speakers are coming from all over the country–California, Oregon, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, New Jersey–as well as the local Philadelphia region. They’ll talk about bees, bugs and birds, flowers and trees, large and small plants of all sorts, and much more. Many topics are tied into the theme of ARTiculture, such as “Creating Living Sculpture,” “The Art of Making Exquisite Paper Flowers,”  “Artisan Crafts from the Rose Garden,” and “Give Art a Start in Your Garden.” For our return visitors, keep in mind that the Speaker Series is now part of the Gardener’s Studio. You’ll find it on the Show floor next to the PHS Hamilton Horticourt.

More speakers are being added to the schedule daily, so check back often as you make you plans. Here’s a quick look at what you can learn.

On Sunday, March 2 at 7:00 pm, the fun ladies from Twig Terrariums in Brooklyn, NY, Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow, will touch base on several combinations of art and horticulture to bring life into any area of your home. You’ll learn about terrariums, hanging kokedama sculptures, and planting techniques from the experts. “We always prefer hands-on training,” said Michelle. “The most common mistake people make when creating a terrarium is not knowing which plants will do well inside of it.  Some plants require more air flow than others, as well as less moisture.” Once you’ve been inspired, visit them at Booth 711in the Marketplace!

On Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 pm, the host of WHYY’s You Bet Your Garden Mike McGrath will have “Organic Answers to All Your Garden Questions.” Mike was the editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening magazine from 1991 through 1997 and is the author of many books. He is also the garden editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, D.C. During his time at Organic Gardening, Mike’s major exhibits won four consecutive “Best of Show” awards at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show (1994-1997). Mike is high energy and always a delight to see.

At this writing, there are 16 authors who will be speaking and following their talk with a book signing, including Charlie Nardozzi, Tovah Martin, and Art Wolk.

Presented by Subaru, the Gardener’s Studio is the perfect place to relax your legs while learning something new from gardening and greening experts who share their passion, ideas, and tips. Hope to see you there!

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
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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:
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
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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!