Gardening

PHS offers an extensive menu of gardening programs providing numerous options for everyone, from beginning gardeners to professionals in the green industry.

Year-round offerings include demonstrations, workshops, exclusive garden visits, conferences, and lectures. We have expanded our menu of exciting international trips and tours of exclusive gardens. Read More.

These programs build strong commitment to PHS among members and help cultivate new members and donors.

PHS Garden Tenders

PHS Garden Tenders is open to individuals, groups, educators, and anyone interested in gardening with others. PHS Garden Tenders is a training course for those interested in starting community gardens on vacant lots, in parks, around schools and churches, or other locations. Read More.

Participants in Garden Tenders gain hands-on gardening experience and learn how to establish successful, self-sustaining community gardens. Introductory topics include basic horticulture, finding a site, recruiting and keeping volunteers, assessing and finding resources in your neighborhood, planting and garden maintenance, and forming partnerships.

Gardening and Greening Contest

PHS celebrates the accomplishments of gardeners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware with the PHS Gardening and Greening Contest. This contest invites backyard gardeners, community gardeners, and anyone passionate about greening our public spaces to enter. Winners are selected in each category and invited to a special awards ceremony. Don't miss your chance to be recognized as a champion gardener! Learn More Here.

Guide to City Gardens

Philadelphia is the nation's epicenter of horticultural excellence and home to exceptional gardens and parks. The handy map below guides you through Center City gardens and parks, many of which are managed by PHS in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Begin your tour at one of four historic squares---Logan, Rittenhouse, Washington or Frankin---and see where the path leads! Read More.

City Harvest Fest

The PHS City Harvest program taps the skills and energy of urban gardeners to make fresh, nutritious produce more widely available. City Harvest  has empowered urban gardeners to share the fruits of their labor with families in need.

PHS Tree Tenders

Our Tree Tenders program offers hands-on tree care training, covering biology, identification, planting and proper care. PHS Tree Tenders® is at the forefront of the urban tree movement across the country, and is one of the oldest, most respected volunteer urban tree planting and stewardship programs in the world.  Read More.

Since 1993, the training program has graduated more than 4,000 Tree Tenders® in the Greater Philadelphia area. Working in neighborhood groups, the program’s volunteers are responsible for planting more than 2,000 trees annually.

The strong growth in participating groups has proved to be not only an indication of the expanding reach of the Tree Tenders®, but also the pride and sense of purpose volunteers feel as a result of improving their neighborhoods.

For a full listing of information on PHS  Tree Tenders®, including finding Tree Tenders in your neighborhood,  access to instructional videos in the Tree Tenders Library, community tree planting guides and Tree Tenders Session registration details, Visit Here.

PHS Gold Medal Plants

Since its inception in 1979, the PHS Gold Medal Plant Award program has recognized trees, shrubs, and woody vines of outstanding merit. Read More.

A volunteer Gold Medal Committee of horticulturists meets annually to evaluate and select PHS Gold Medal plants for their superb eye-appeal and performance in the USDA Hardiness Zones 5 through 7. Many winners are hardy in a broader geographic range. PHS Gold Medal Plants provide beauty in many seasons through their foliage, flower, form, or bark.

GROW Magazine

GROW, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, provides an insider’s view of the amazing plants, fascinating gardeners, beautiful places, latest products, and inspiring ideas and designs emerging in the world of horticulture. Read More.

GROW celebrates the exceptional people and programs of PHS, bringing to life the organization’s mission of gardening, greening and learning. A subscription to the magazine, which is available in print or digital editions, is one of the exclusive benefits of membership in PHS.

GROW is one of the exclusive benefits of PHS membership, and informs and entertains readers of all gardening levels and interests. We welcome your story ideas and suggestions for this great new chapter for PHS.

The PHS McLean Library

The PHS McLean Library is the nation’s oldest horticultural library, with a collection of 15,000 books and DVDs on gardening, plant care, botany, and urban greening. Serving PHS and the gardening public, its collection includes rare gardening books, seed and nursery catalogs, and the archives of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Through a recently formed library consortium with Longwood Gardens and the Mt. Cuba Center McLean Library now offers thousands of eBooks for digital borrowing. Read More.

The library hosts reading groups, children’s story times, tours, and programming related to the rare book and special collections. In addition to producing an online “Ask PHS” database and numerous web-based subject guides the library staff curates changing exhibits in a newly created gallery space in the renovated library.