Interactive Playground Construction in the Pop Up Garden Needs Your Help!

The Pop Up Garden at will close on October 15, but not without a spectacular closing event! PHS is collaborating with Public Workshop to create an interactive adventure playscape as part of DesignPhiladelphia. You can volunteer to help design and build this special play space that will delight both young and not-as-young visitors to the Pop Up Garden.

No experience necessary; stop by for 10 minutes or two hours! The “open build” hours are…
Wednesday, October 11: 11 am – 2 pm
Thursday, October 12: 5 pm – 7 pm
Friday, October 13: 11 am – 2 pm

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Our Gift to You: Join Us in the Pop Up for a Pear Pairing!

As a thank you to our loyal blog readers, PHS invites you to the Pop Up Garden to enjoy samples of local cheeses and breads from Fair Food, herbs from the garden itself, and samples of fresh Asian pears and Asian pear wine—all during a bucolic event on Wednesday, September 19 from 5 to 7 pm at 1905-15 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

Fair Food has been uniting local farmers with businesses and consumers for more than ten years. They promote the importance of family farms and create a year-round marketplace for fresh, local, and humane food products in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Asian pear wine comes courtesy of Suarashii Kudamono, which is based in the Lehigh Valley and means “wonderful fruit” in Japanese.

Pear Pairing in the PHS Pop Up Garden is a free event for our social media fans who are 21 and older. Registration is required at Sign up soon because space is limited! And for a great recipe using Asian pears, visit our Pinterest recipe board.

September Gardening Events & Family Fun

Depressed that summer has come to end? Understandable. But fall is full of fun too! Shift your thinking from beaches and sun-block to pumpkins, cider, mums, hay rides, and scarves. See, that’s not so bad?

PHS has lots of autumn offerings. The Pop Up Garden is only getting more beautiful as the plants come into their own, you can see it yourself at a happy hour fundraiser on September 13. Click here for details.

Meadowbrook Farm will have its sensational Fall Open House on October 6, and PHS is introducing something new with PHeaSt (pronounced feast) on October 19.

Of course the granddaddy of them all is the Fall Garden Festival on Saturday, September 22. This year we’ll be joined by Chef Carla Hall and Daphne Oz of ABC’s “The Chew.” Details here.

Beyond PHS, the region’s gardens, arboretums, and cultural centers present all sorts of activities for both grown-up gardeners and future green thumbs.

Click here for the list of gardening events in and around Philadelphia.

Click here for the list of kids activities and family fun.

PHS Pops Up on Walnut Street

Join PHS for happy hour in the Pop Up Garden (on Walnut Street between 19th and 20th) on Thursday, September 13 from 5 to 8 pm. Sip wine or beer and indulge in some light fare compliments of our Pop Up Garden sponsor, Chipotle Mexican Grill. Tickets are $40 until August 30 and $50 thereafter, with all proceeds going to PHS’s City Harvest program. City Harvest grows fresh produce through a network of community gardens and helps feed more than 1,000 families in need each week.

Not only does the Pop Up Garden raise awareness for City Harvest, it has also been profiled for its role creating healthy community spaces, inspiring successful philanthropic efforts, and offering a quiet respite from city life.

On, the role of the Pop Up Garden as a philanthropic effort with multiple, coordinated sponsors was profiled. PHS President Drew Becher was quoted as saying, “Philanthropic efforts of companies look for three things. You have to offer employee engagement, volunteer opportunities, and employee education. The Pop Up fulfills those requirements for at least three months, providing lectures on a variety of topics, as well a need for volunteers to staff the garden,” he added.

The concept of the Pop Up Garden is important because studies show reclaimed lots lead to healthy communities. In an article on, Lari Robling posted that, “Health researchers have long suspected that ‘cleaning and greening’ overgrown, vacant lots does a neighborhood good, now they have gathered mounting—and solid evidence—that transforming nuisance properties pays off in health dividends.” this article profiled how PHS’s efforts in greening vacant lots is an ongoing effort at more than 8,000 properties.

On, writer Nicole Juday profiled the pop up garden and said that, “PHS has created gorgeous deep beds of ornamental shrubs and colorful herbaceous plants are interspersed with food crops like rainbow chard and hot peppers…But unlike many demonstration food gardens, a visitor will not feel the invisible hands of the designer on their shoulders, exerting her to drop and genuflect in at the base of the open-pollinated okra or the heirloom variety Indian corn. In this garden, the plants themselves are a backdrop to the centerpiece, a series of wooden tables placed end to end, lined with mismatched, brightly painted chairs. On my visits, I saw people at the table checking their smart phones, playing chess, eating lunch, and reading.”

Space is limited at the happy hour—make your reservations now at

Play and Learn in the Pop Up Garden in July!

The PHS Pop Up Garden at 1905-15 Walnut Street is hosting a variety of events in July for kids and adults; mark your calendar and join us for some fun and fellowship among the flowers and foliage!

For the kids:

Move, Groove n’ Play, Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm: Take your young ones to open play time the garden.

Story Time in the Garden, Tuesday, July 10 at noon: Join Free Library of Philadelphia children’s librarian Ms. Karen for a read-aloud geared for children age 4 through 8. Earn stickers and prizes for the Free Library’s “Dream Big” summer reading program.

Healthy Environment and Healthy You, Tuesday, July 17 and 31 at 1:30 pm. Discover how the environment shapes our lives with friends from the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Science in the Garden, Tuesday, July 24 at noon. Enjoy science activities for children, presented by the Franklin Institute.

Yummilicious, Thursdays at noon: Children will learn the superpowers of fruit and vegetables from Yummilicious characters through crafts, songs, yoga, and games. Presented by Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities.

For adults:

Garden Chat, Thursday, July 12 and 19 at 5:30 pm: Join PHS experts for a casual talk around the table about gardening topics that interest you, some of which include “Small Garden, Big Ideas,” “City Meadows,” and “Right Plant, Right Place.”

For everyone:

Second Saturday, July 14 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For those who can’t visit the garden during the week, here’s a great opportunity to see all it has to offer! Bring a bag lunch and dine at the gathering table, grab the kids and a few hula hoops and play on the lawn, or bring your camera and shoot a few pictures for our Tablecloth Project!

For more details about the 2012 Pop Up Garden and the complete calendar of events, click here.