Attending the grand opening party for the 2014 PHS Pop Up Garden were (from left) Samantha Eisenman, IKEA Marketing Specialist; Nancy Goldenberg, PHS Chief of Staff; Eve Lewis, Vice President, Universal Companies; Drew Becher, PHS President; Marcus Iannozzi, President, South Street West Business Association; Kenny Gamble, Chair, Universal Companies; Faatimah Gamble, Co-Founder, Universal Companies; Helen Haynes, Chief Cultural Officer, Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy; and Lauren Vidas, Chair, South of South Street Neighborhood Association.
By Marion McParland
July 8 marked the opening of the PHS Pop Up Garden at 1438 South Street. Hundreds of friends and supporters came out to celebrate the transformation of Kenny Gamble’s vacant lot into a lush urban oasis. A few four-legged friends attended the festivities as well.
Drew Becher, PHS President, and Nancy Goldenberg, PHS Chief of Staff, welcomed the crowd and thanked everyone for their support. Special thanks go to the Pop Up partners: Universal Companies, MJ Settelen Construction, All Seasons Landscaping, Cherry Blossom Landscaping, LLC, Coastal Source, EP Henry, Groundswell Design Group, IBEW Local 98, IKEA, J. Downend Landscaping, Jamaican Jerk Hut, James Rogan Landscaping, John Haye Landscaping, Mole Street, and Peirce College.
Philadelphia media, including 6ABC, NBC10, CBS3, Fox 29, KYW radio, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Tribune and Temple University News all were there to cover the event.
The bar served a selection of craft beers and cocktails as “Trinidelphia,” Philadelphia’s own steel drum band, added an acoustical element to the evening. The Jamaican Jerk Hut, our next-door neighbor, served delicious dishes, as did Tuesday’s featured food truck, The Cow and The Curd.
Proceeds from the Pop Up Garden support the PHS City Harvest program, which creates green jobs and brings together a network of community gardeners who raise fresh, healthy food for more than 1,200 families in need each week. Get pinned at the PHS Pop Up and support City Harvest! With a donation of $1 or more, you will receive an “I ♥ PHS Pop Up” button.
This week’s events include the PHS Fun Run with Unite Fitness tonight at 6 p.m. Enjoy a great run with Gavin McKay from Unite Fitness, get a free drink after your run, and donate to a good cause, PHS City Harvest. $10 per person. Meet at the PHS Pop Up at 6 p.m.
On Friday, July 11, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series will be at the PHS Pop Up Garden. Stop by the Visit Philly table for swag and giveaways!
Click here for a schedule of upcoming activities, updated regularly; plus a full list of Pop Up Garden hours. The Pop Up Garden will be open seven days a week through October 12.