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“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.