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Final Week for “The Art of Begonias”

If you are busily preparing your trip to the newly opened Barnes Foundation, be sure to add a visit to PHS on your itinerary. From now through June 1, the first-floor McLean Library at PHS headquarters (20th & Arch streets) will host The Art of Begonias, an exhibit of art and horticulture.

The show features a selection of spectacular begonias from the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Begonia Society and from Meadowbrook Farm, as well as the artistic creations of the American Society of Botanical Illustrators.

The Art of Begonias culminates with a begonia sale on May 31 and June 1 (while supplies last). Admission is free. The exhibition is open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (except for today, Memorial Day).

And if you’d like even more great art-related events, check out With Art Philadelphia!

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Hop Aboard the Trip to Storm King Art Center

PHS is leading a trip to the Storm King Art Center on Thursday, June 14. The group will travel on a roomy coach to the lower Hudson Valley, home to one of the world’s leading sculpture parks.

Storm King Art Center (one hour north of New York City) offers a 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands—the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures. The focus of the collection is large-scale, abstract sculpture, much of it in steel. It also includes figurative work and sculpture in stone, earth, and other materials.

We would love to have you join us. Click here for registration information.

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Memorial Day Weekend Specials at Meadowbrook Farm

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of grilling season! Why not add some veggies and herbs to your garden in order to expand your summer BBQ menu?

Shop Meadowbrook Farm this weekend for some fabulous specials, including 20% off hanging baskets and all edibles (veggie starts, herbs and fruit trees). PHS Members save an additional 10%! And, starting at 1 pm on Saturday, sample savory dishes whipped up by the Meadowbrook staff.

Memorial Day Weekend Hours:
Saturday, May 26: 8 am-6 pm
Sunday, May 27:  10 am-5 pm
Monday, May 28: closed

Let’s start the season of summer food and blooms!

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Show Us Your Stuff: City Gardens Contest now Accepting Nominations

If you are an urban gardener, consider signing up for the City Gardens Contest, an opportunity for PHS to shine the spotlight on all the amazing green spaces cultivated and cared for by Philadelphians!

Each summer the PHS City Gardens Contest sends elite judges to all corners of the city. Home gardeners may enter front-yard or back-yard flower and/or vegetable gardens, or gardens grown exclusively in containers. Community gardeners may participate by entering their vegetable and/or flower gardens, parks, or garden blocks.

The deadline for entering the contest is June 10. Judging occurs in July and August, and winning gardens are recognized at a presentation in the fall. Click here for more information and to fill out the entry form.

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Tall Topiaries at Logan Square

As part of the recent City in Bloom event, PHS oversaw the installation of giant “lollipop” plantings in Logan Square!

Taking a nod from traditional British topiary, these orb-like elevated plantings consist of Coleus ‘Sedona’ and orange lantanas. The PHS Public Landscape Design and Management team had the idea, and Tom Reber and Bernie Pettit from Meadowbrook Farm were commissioned for construction. Both men had experience with planting and caring for hanging baskets—although this project is on a much bigger scale!

Black iron pipe (meant for plumbing work) was fashioned into a globe-like shapes and covered in coconut fiber. Each sphere was then filled with about six bags of soil. Next, the men cut slits into the coconut fiber and plugged in the plants.

As you can see from the photos, the plantings aren’t exactly bursting with color yet, but Tom Reber says the recent warm temperatures will lead to a brilliant pop of orange in a week or so.

When you are in Center City, enjoying everything about With Art Philadelphia, admire these whimsical additions to the Parkway landscape.

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Friends Hospital Celebrates 200 Years with Botanical Art Show

Friends Hospital is celebrating its 200-year anniversary by hosting a series of events that horticulture enthusiasts will be sure to love. The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation is presenting, “A Living Legacy: Contemporary Botanical Art,” June 1 – 29, 2012, featuring the work of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators and the watercolor class of PHS in the Scattergood Building on the Friends Hospital grounds.

Founded by Quakers in 1813 as the nation’s first free-standing psychiatric hospital, Friends Hospital has been in continuous operation at its 100-acre site in northeast Philadelphia since its inception. The property features an extensive collection of specimen trees, azaleas, and native plant species.

Horticultural therapy was one of its early innovations and, as such, the hospital will host a series of brunches and teas with noted 18th century Quaker botanist, John Bartram. Brunch topics include  “John Bartram and the Quaker Botanists” on June 2 and “John Bartram: Physician’s Gardener” on June 9.  Tea topics are “John Bartram’s Horticopia” on June 2 and  “John Bartram: The King’s Gardener” on June 9. Prices are $25 for brunch and $15 for tea; proceeds benefit the Living Legacy Garden restoration campaign.

For more information about the art show, teas, and brunches—and to register—please contact Carol Delgado at 215-831-3000 or cdelgado@scattergoodfoundation.org.

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PHS Teams Up with Whole Foods Market

If you’re a regular shopper at Whole Foods Market, you’ve likely participated in the Nickels for Non-Profits program, in which customers receive a five-cent credit for each reusable bag they bring. Those credits can then be donated to local causes, and now PHS is one of them! Check out this fun video in which CBS Philly news anchor Ukee Washington spends the day working at Whole Foods and PHS gets a shout-out!

Also! Through our partnership with Whole Foods Market’s Nickels for Non-Profits program, PHS will have a presence at three participating stores between Friday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 23:

 Friday, May 18: Marlton, NJ

Monday, May 21: Plymouth Meeting, PA

Wednesday, May 23: Callowhill store in Philadelphia

At each store we will promote City Harvest and hand out info on our programs and events. We hope to run in to lots of PHS members shopping!