PHS to Add Holiday Cheer to Downtown Philadelphia

December is the season of giving, so PHS wanted to give something special to the city of Philadelphia, its residents, and its visitors. The PHS Public Landscapes Design & Management team (you may remember PLDM from this blog post) collaborated with students from PennDesign to come up with a gift that would add holiday cheer to a prominent downtown destination.

The end result: birch wood ornaments. Made in three leaf-shaped designs (maple, sweet gum, and aspen), these ornaments will hang from trees on and around South Broad Street beginning December 8.

This section of Broad Street, often referred to as the Avenue of the Arts, is a natural location for the holiday display because PHS already maintains the large planters that dot its sidewalk. In fact, new winter-interest plants will be installed in the planters the same week the ornaments are placed in nearby trees.

PHS’s Anna Wik says, “We wanted to create something eye-catching yet elegant for those passing by. Whether they are walking to work or running from store to store holiday shopping, people appreciate a bit of beauty. This is also a way to bring attention to some of the steadfast tree species lining Broad Street.”

As they brainstormed the ornament idea, the PHS PLDM team and their student collaborators considered lots of looks and a range of color palettes. Ultimately the simple, monochromatic concept won out. “We kept coming back to it,” Anna explains. “So many things associated with the holidays are bright and flashy. This feels like a refreshing alternative.”

To see the ornaments for yourself, visit South Broad Street between City Hall and Lombard Street after December 8.

PHS Pop-Up Store in Chestnut Hill Opens Today

This holiday season, visit PHS at our new Pop Up Store in Chestnut Hill for a festive shopping experience. Located at 8232 Germantown Ave (directly across from the Chestnut Hill Hotel), the store debuts on Wednesday, November 28 and will remain open through Sunday, December 23.

Our team was hard at work transforming the 400 square-foot space into a holiday retail haven, adorned with birch wood and green garland, accented with touches of glitter and mercury glass, and offering exceptional gifts for the garden, design, culinary, and Flower Show enthusiasts on your shopping list.

The 2012 PHS Holiday Pop Up Store will offer a variety of hand-selected holiday items for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Don’t miss glittering ornaments, cozy scarves, custom blended tea, gorgeous greens, jingling bells, and more! PHS expert staff will introduce you to great new items for the home, garden, and beyond, and give you great tips and tricks for how to get the most enjoyment out of your purchase.

Store Hours:
Wednesday 3 to 9 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday 12 to 4 pm

Special Events:

A “Brilliant!” Celebration
Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9
As Chestnut Hill celebrates Dickens Weekend, the Pop Up Store will entice Anglophiles with a British bash that features Beatles music, UK- themed merchandise, and cozy cups of tea. Join us as we count down the days to the 2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Brilliant!”

Swag & Bow Nights: Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm
The shop stays open late! Stroll the avenue and enjoy complimentary wine and freshly baked goodies at the PHS Pop Up Store.

Tea at Two: Sundays, 2 pm
Enhance your Sunday afternoon shopping experience with a spot of tea, sure to get you in the mood for the 2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show,” Brilliant!”

PHeaSt Friday: City Harvest Highlighted in USA Today Video

The PHS City Harvest program was recently highlighted in a video by USA Today, showing the life cycle of plants started in a prison greenhouse to the distribution sites where fresh produce is made available to people in the Greater Philadelphia area. Proceeds from PHeaSt will go directly to the PHS City Harvest program that feeds 1,000 families in need each week.

What is PHeaSt? It’s a one-of-a-kind, farm-to-table dinner party that PHS is hosting in our warehouse at the Navy Yard on October 19, 2012, from 7 to 10 pm (order your tickets here!). Some of the area’s best restaurants will be represented, using locally sourced ingredients to create fabulous fall dishes. Here is our fourth installment in our blog series about the restaurants that will be featured at PHeaSt. (Click here to catch up on the others.)

Cescaphe Event Croup
Since its first-ever event in February 2004, Cescaphé has become renowned for its “over-the-top” food, service, professionalism, creativity, and meticulous attention to detail. Cescaphe Event Group offers many services and venues for hosting elegant events. Executive Chef Steve Calise will be working with the Burholme and Airport Garden in the creation of his dish for PHeaSt.

This BYOB restaurant in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia features home-style Venezuelan cuisine. Chef Judith Suzarra Campbell has created a vegetarian-friendly menu in her authentic and traditional style, making Sazon’s food an unforgettable experience. She bought her family recipes from her “pueblo” Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela to Philadelphia, and will be working with City Harvest contributor, the Front Yard Garden, at PHeaSt.

The Whip Tavern
The Whip is an English pub in the heart of horse country in Coatesville, serving “comfort food of the highest order” according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, plus a wide selection of beers and ales. The authentic pub atmosphere is a casual and inviting place to try traditional English dishes created from local, sustainable ingredients. Woven into the mix are American favorites, evolving seasonally using the highest quality local produce, beef and lamb, cheeses, and cream. At PHeaSt, Executive Chef Wyatt P. Lash, Jr. will be collaborating with Nice Roots Farm at SHARE of Hunting Park.

Kris was born out of a desire to bring great food at great prices to a little niche in the old neighborhood at 1100 Federal Street in Philadelphia. As a rebirth of Kristian’s, Kris is a casual, intimate dining experience with homemade pastas, classic meat dishes, decadent desserts, and more. Chef Kristian Leizzi is known for his seasonal Mediterrean fare and was recently praised for his exciting brunch menu. Chef Kristian will be paired with SPHS Gardens and grower Molly DeVinney at PHeaSt.

The excitement is growing with only two more weeks until this incredible evening of food and fun. We can’t wait to see you there!