PHS is now on Pinterest! As a way to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture, we’ve created a set of pin boards that share farm-fresh recipes, inspiring floral designs, do-it-yourself tips for home and garden, and much more.
Not only do we share our own ideas and pictures, but we spend the time to search for other great sources of information that we feel might be of value to our followers. New content is generated daily, and new boards are added when necessary to reflect PHS’s current events, programs, and themes.
In the near future, we’ll be featuring some exciting Pinterest contests with prizes that include tickets to 2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show!
Click here to see all the PHS Pinterest boards. ” Don’t forget, PHS is on Facebook and Twitter, too!
Ever think about getting involved with a garden club? You absolutely should! The greater Philadelphia area is crowded with clubs, so there’s bound to be one (or two or three) that are a good fit for you. Some are based around a special interest, like the Delaware African Violet and Gesneriad Society, and others are primarily location-based, like the Master Gardeners of Mercer County.
Click here for a compilation of garden clubs with open meetings. This is a tiny sampling though, so sound off in the comments sections if there’s a club you’d like to see recognized.
Remember, garden clubs are a great opportunity to connect to the horticultural scene in your area, and will likely lead to involvement in community-service projects, plant swaps, and garden tours. You could even end up exhibiting at the Flower Show!
While not every landscape is suited to an in-ground water feature, a container water garden can be tucked in almost anywhere! With a few simple steps and minimal maintenance, you can add a blooming oasis to your backyard, terrace, or patio.
Begin by selecting your container. It can be a large glazed pot, a plastic-lined barrel, or any other water-tight vessel that complements your outdoor decor. Clean the pot thoroughly and place it in position (it may be too heavy to move once it is filled with plants and water). Consider placing the pot near an electrical outlet if you want to have a fountain. Full to partial sun exposure is best.
To add sound and movement to your water garden, purchase a small submersible pump and bubbler or fountain. Most garden centers carry a variety of fountain styles; make sure that your assembly is tall enough for the container, and that the water doesn’t splash so much as to cause excessive water loss. Set the pump in the bottom of the pot and run the electrical cord discreetly over the edge of the pot (the cord will eventually be covered with foliage). Water movement will also deter mosquitoes.
The selection of plants is similar to designing a soil-based container garden. Look for plants with varying heights, textures, and colors, but resist the urge to add too many at once. Aquatic plants grow quickly, and often is it more effective to have only a few feature specimens. Start with something tall, such as an iris, taro, or sweet flag. Fill in with one or two other marginal plants of medium height, like an aquatic forget-me-not or chameleon plant. Depending on the depth of the pot, the plants can be positioned on a brick or upturned pot so that they are at the proper depth. Finish with a floating water lettuce, hyacinth, or miniature water lily, and some parrot’s feather or water mint to cascade down the sides of the pot.
Maintenance is simple: Top off the water every few days and pinch plants or divide plants as needed (floating water lettuce and hyacinth will need to be divided regularly to keep them from overcrowding). In the fall, the plants can be brought inside and housed in an aquarium or in a tub of water in a sunny part of the garage.
Once your water garden is complete, you never know who might visit or even inhabit the pot!
Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of grilling season! Why not add some veggies and herbs to your garden in order to expand your summer BBQ menu?
Shop Meadowbrook Farm this weekend for some fabulous specials, including 20% off hanging baskets and all edibles (veggie starts, herbs and fruit trees). PHS Members save an additional 10%! And, starting at 1 pm on Saturday, sample savory dishes whipped up by the Meadowbrook staff.
Memorial Day Weekend Hours:
Saturday, May 26: 8 am-6 pm
Sunday, May 27: 10 am-5 pm
Monday, May 28: closed
Let’s start the season of summer food and blooms!
Save the date to view some incredible private, residential landscapes as PHS sponsors a tour of five gardens in Gwynedd Valley and Ambler on June 10, from noon until 5 pm.
On the tour you’ll visit a garden that is being documented for inclusion in the Garden Club of America “Gardens of the Smithsonian”; a yard that hosts an articulated sycamore and a beautiful large elm (one of the few left in the area); and a wide variety of plantings and hardscapes.
Inspiration can come in many forms—and this tour is sure to generate some ideas for your own home garden! This is a PHS member-only event. To register, click here or call Carol Dutill at 215-988-8869.
If you are an urban gardener, consider signing up for the City Gardens Contest, an opportunity for PHS to shine the spotlight on all the amazing green spaces cultivated and cared for by Philadelphians!
Each summer the PHS City Gardens Contest sends elite judges to all corners of the city. Home gardeners may enter front-yard or back-yard flower and/or vegetable gardens, or gardens grown exclusively in containers. Community gardeners may participate by entering their vegetable and/or flower gardens, parks, or garden blocks.
The deadline for entering the contest is June 10. Judging occurs in July and August, and winning gardens are recognized at a presentation in the fall. Click here for more information and to fill out the entry form.