Toast to the PHS Pop Up Garden

By: Jamie McFadden

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Pop Up GardenHere’s a toast to a new friend that we met in July who quickly became our best friend.  Although you started with a wee bit of controversy…  we were happy to join you all summer long.  Thank you for the memories:  the star-lit movie screenings, acoustic Tuesdays, Visit Philly’s Beer Garden Series and countless food samplings throughout the summer.  Cheers to you for just always being there when we needed an escape from the hustle and bustle. I speak for all 50,000 of your friends when I say I’m going to miss you dearly. Your absence will leave a vacant lot in our hearts.

You connected all of us to the South Street West Community. Each visit we made, each beer we drank and every pin we lovingly purchased, supported the very special  PHS City Harvest program. Thank you dear garden for all your beauty and thank you South Street West Community for welcoming PHS into your amazing neighborhood..  For this we are eternally grateful.

Luckily, for all of us we have ONE FINAL week with you, our beloved PHS Pop Up Garden.  Just seven short days to celebrate the garden and rehash a summer’s worth of memories. Blocktober Fest kicks off this  farewell tour on Saturday, October 11th followed by NFL Sunday, live music on Tuesday and a final goodbye on Sunday, October 19th.

Photo Credit: @theburchman

Photo Credit: @theburchman

Let’s all raise a glass, our phones and cheers to just one more week of beer, food trucks, garden selfies, acoustic tunes, hammock laying and just relaxing in the wonderment of the PHS Pop Up Garden. Visit the garden until October 19th and show your love for the garden that loves you back.

Just for fun, submit photos of the garden on Twitter and Instagram by tagging #PHSPopUpGarden and you will be entered to win two tickets to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show!  And who knows, maybe the next great pop up is just around the corner.

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Let There Be Light — For Enchanting Fall Evenings

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Lighting by Coastal Source adds depth and beauty to the PHS Pop Up Garden at 1438 South Street in Center City.

By Marion McParland

As the season starts to change and the daylight hours get shorter, now is the time to consider outdoor lighting  for your garden or patio. By adding lighting to your landscape you can extend the season and enjoy many more evenings outdoors.

When designing a landscape lighting scene, the goal is to create a visual destination. This can take the shape of different types of focal points in a yard or garden, such as a large plant, water feature, or even defining boundaries. In addition to creating beauty, lighting your property adds safety and security.

Coastal Source, a Florida-based company with offices in New Jersey, generously donated, designed and installed all of the lighting at this year’s PHS Pop Up Garden. Stop by the PHS Pop Up after dark and see for yourself how lighting can transform an outdoor space into a dramatic escape. The Pop Up Garden is open through October 19 at 1438 South Street in Center City. Click here for a full schedule of events and hours.

Here, Coastal Source shares a few tips and tricks on enhancing your nightscape designs.

Color temperature: When used tastefully, the choice and mix of color temperatures throughout a nightscape can enhance the beauty of certain plant specimens. For example, plants with a blue tint or base can pop in any scene when a cooler lamp color is applied. Coastal Source LEDs come in a range of warm to cool color temperatures to allow room for creativity. An amber colored light is an option for use in coastal regions where turtle nesting is a concern.

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Lighting pathways and garden boundaries adds safety as well as interest to your landscape.

Downlighting: One of Coastal Source’s favorite lighting techniques is installed from above. Whether you diffuse the light through the canopy of a tree to create a moonlit effect on a pathway or use it to create fill light on a bed of plants and flowers, downlighting can be a beautiful addition to pull a setting together. Keep in mind proper tree-mounting techniques to prevent fixture/cable girdling. Coastal Source tree mounts give the option of using adjustable nylon straps or titanium screws and hanger bolts that won’t harm the tree.

Modularity: Allowing your lighting to grow and change with your garden is important when trying to achieve the ultimate outdoor living space. What may look beautiful and in place at the time of installation might not be as appealing once your plants have reached their full growth. Coastal Source offers adjustable risers for a quick lift, and any of the components can easily be swapped for a better suited piece.

 

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The PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street will be open through October 19. Bring your friends and enjoy the beautiful fall evenings. Photo by Stephen Ladner.

 

 

 

 

 

Burgers to Bulgogi at the PHS Pop Up Garden

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By Marion McParland

Pop by the PHS Pop Up this weekend for a tropical drink or cold beer, as well as delicious dishes from the Jamaican Jerk Hut, our next-door neighbor. In addition, a rotation of food trucks will be at the Pop Up Garden throughout the summer. Featured food trucks this weekend include Spot Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork tonight, Phoebe’s Barbecue on Saturday and KAMI on Sunday.

Spot serves gourmet, hand-crafted burgers using fresh ground, 100% sirloin beef. One favorite is their half-pound sirloin cheesesteaks. They also serve super lean roast pork loin, masterfully seasoned, thinly sliced in natural pork au jus.

On Saturday, Phoebe’s Barbeque, a South Street favorite, will bring out their food cart to serve mouthwatering tastes of Oklahoma-style barbeque food. Selections include their famous “Ribs with Attitude” as well as pulled pork sandwiches and award-winning sides and sauces.pop up garden A 2014

KAMI will park at the Pop Up on Sunday with their signature gourmet Korean dishes. A local favorite is the KAMI burger, a bulgogi kimchi with Korean slaw on a bun. They’re also famous for their Korean Tacos made with marinated beef with spicy pickled daikon carrots, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream.

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.

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 mid-October. Weekend hours for food and drink are Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 2 p.m. to midnight; and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

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Photos by Rob Cardillo.

Philly’s Newest Hot Spot: The PHS Pop Up Garden

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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.RCP_140708_6202

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.

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Support City Harvest at the PHS Pop Up!

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“I (heart) PHS Pop Up” t-shirts will be sold on select evenings at the PHS Pop Up Garden. Proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts-and-buttons support the PHS City Harvest program, a network of community gardeners who raise fresh produce for more than 1,200 families in need each week.

By Marion McParland

Stop by 1438 South Street tonight at 5:30 p.m. when the fourth annual PHS Pop Up Garden opens!  PHS has transformed a vacant lot into an urban oasis with a tropical flavor. Hammocks, palm trees, and glittering string lights beautify this space owned by Philadelphia music legend Kenny Gamble.

The new hotspot offers tropical cocktails, a selection of beers, a rotating array of food trucks, and delicious dishes served by the Jamaican Jerk Hut, the Pop Up’s next-door neighbor. Tonight’s featured food truck will be The Cow and the Curd.

Support the PHS City Harvest program by purchasing an “I ♥ PHS Pop Up” t-shirt for $20, or make a donation of $1 or more for a button.

This week’s events include the PHS Fun Run with Unite Fitness on Thursday, July 10 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.

Partners for the 2014 PHS Pop Up are 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. The bar will be run by the people behind Time, Vintage Wine Bar, Bar, and Garage.

 

2013 Pop Up Garden Wins International WLA Award

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A photo of last year’s award-winning PHS Pop Up Garden at 313 South Broad Street.

 

By Marion McParland

The 2013 PHS Pop Up Garden at 313 South Broad Street recently won the World Landscape Architecture’s  international competition in the Temporary/Transitory category. Photos of the Pop Up are featured in WLA Magazine’s 14th edition. PHS Pop Up Gardens are acclaimed temporary gardens that transform neglected spaces in Philadelphia into inviting green places for all to enjoy. Combining cutting-edge design, outdoor art, and landscape innovation, the gardens serve as a showcase for the work that PHS performs in communities all year long.

The 2013 location was an empty lot owned by the University of the Arts and was made possible through a partnership with the university. Turning the lot into a refreshing oasis was part of the beautification initiative on the Avenue of the Arts, and spoke to PHS’s larger plan to beautify and uplift Philadelphia public landscapes.

Pop Up Garden-goers enjoyed alfresco dining and drinking under a canopy of honey locust trees lit with twinkling market lights. Live music and other performances took place throughout the summer. The Pop Up Garden engaged more than 30,000 local residents, students, city workers and tourists between May 20 and its closing on October 20, 2013.

Design was by PHS and David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group. Partners included the University of the Arts; FCM; Groundswell Design Group and Broad Street Ministry.

Don’t miss this year’s PHS Pop Up Garden opening July 8 at 5:30 p.m. at 1438 South Street in Center City. Proceeds from the Pop Up Garden support PHS City Harvest, which creates green jobs and brings together a network of community gardeners, who grow fresh, healthy produce for families in need. For more information on this year’s Pop Up, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Paradise Found at the PHS Pop Up

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By Marion McParland

Need an escape this summer? Stop by the PHS Pop Up Garden and indulge in a PHS Punch and other tropical libations like vodka lemonade with basil or a Dark & Stormy.  PHS’s fourth annual Pop Up Garden opens at 1438 South Street on July 8 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy this lush urban oasis, complete with hammocks, glittering lights and an allée of zelkova trees transplanted from the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

This city hotspot will also offer tropical cocktails, a selection of beer, a rotating array of food trucks, and flavorful dishes served by the Jamaican Jerk Hut, the Pop Up’s next-door neighbor.

Proceeds from the Pop Up Garden support the PHS City Harvest program, which creates green jobs and bring together a network of community gardeners who raise fresh, healthy food for more than 1,200 families in need each week. Visitors to the PHS Pop Up Garden can support City Harvest by purchasing an “I ♥ PHS” button for a donation of $1 or more.

The garden is open to visitors seven days a week, as follows: Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m.; and Sunday at Noon. Food and drink hours are Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m. to Midnight; Saturday 2 p.m. to Midnight and Sunday Noon to 10 p.m.

Programs and special events are also planned at the garden throughout the summer and early fall. A complete listing of garden activities is available here. Follow the fun at the PHS Pop Up at #PHSPopUpGarden or #BuildBeauty.

 

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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