Be a Part of the Pop Up!

In the hazy, lazy days of summer, there’s no better place to spend an afternoon—or at least a lunch hour—than the new PHS Pop Up Garden. It’s located just outside lovely Rittenhouse Square on Walnut Street (between 19th and 20th). Click here for garden hours.

But we want you to do more than visit; we want you to get involved! Here’s how: To celebrate the garden and its theme of bringing everyone to the table, PHS will create a tablecloth like none other—a patchwork of photographs taken by garden visitors.

When you visit the garden, take a picture (or two!) and upload it using a link on our website (or click below). For a one-time $5.00 donation to PHS City Harvest, your image will be featured on the ever-growing tablecloth that will debut on closing day of the garden. The tablecloth will also be displayed at the 2013 Flower Show!

If you’ve already been to the garden and have a picture to share, click here to upload your photo. The URL is pennhort.net/table in case you want to jot it down for later. We can’t wait to see your photo!

“PHS Pops Up” Garden Wins Award

Baldev Lamba (right), Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Temple University, receives the award.

PHS was recently honored by The Pennsylvania–Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects with a Merit Award in the General Design Category of the Professional Awards Program for the 2011 PHS Pops Up Garden.

One of the judges commented about the garden: “I love this—this type of temporary urbanism is just fantastic. What a great way to engage the community and get them connected with the city.”

PHS transformed the vacant, 32,000-square-foot lot into a peaceful, temporary oasis with funding from the William Penn Foundation, and additional assistance from the Brandywine Realty Trust and Independence Blue Cross. Six nearby restaurants also participated by offering special dishes that used herbs and vegetables grown at the garden, and proceeds were donated to PHS for future greening initiatives.

The central goal for this downtown destination was to raise awareness for City Harvest, a PHS program that provides fresh produce for Philadelphians in need. Learn more about City Harvest here.

PHS is going to pop up again this summer. Want to speculate about where, when, and how? Sound off in the comments section below.