Since 2011, PHS Pop Up Gardens sites have been transforming under-used or vacant city spaces into exciting urban oases.
PHS activates imaginative landscape and horticultural design, using sustainable practices and repurposed materials to construct each garden. Each has its own distinct style and flavor, while sharing PHS’s mission to build beauty.
The gardens are open to visitors seven days a week throughout the summer and early fall seasons. PHS special programming and events make the Pop Up Gardens cultural and horticultural hot spots; planned day and night, a wide range of entertainment and programming has included gardening presentations, craft brewing and culinary events, family activities, and live musical entertainment.
2015 PHS Pop Up Gardens
The PHS Pop Up Gardens bloomed at two sites for the first time in 2015, and brought new dimensions to the region’s outdoor pop-up phenomenon. From early June through mid October, PHS welcomed more than 75,000 guests at both locations. Designed by Karen Regan, of Tallulah & Bird, the 15th & South Streets garden featured a romantic bohemian décor, with curated elements that embraced adaptive reuse to achieve a romantic ambiance.
At the garden at 9th & Wharton Streets, the PHS Public Landscapes team utilized sustainable practices to transform a vacant lot into an urban oasis. Using bicycle parts, Philadelphia Flower Show props, and other repurposed materials, this garden became an electrifying, marquee gathering space for locals and visitors. Mass plantings of Gomphrena Fireworks created a hot pink wave throughout the landscape, all under a canopy of honey locust trees and twinkling market lights.
Horticultural Programming & Special Events
- PHS garden workshops covered houseplants, rain barrels, tree planting, and container gardening
- The PHS Annual Harvest Festival celebrated garden bounty and family fun
- PopQuizzo Nights at the PHS Pop Up Gardens, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversial, hosted dozens of teams at all garden locations, featuring a live streaming-simulcast-challenge brought to life on 80-inch screens at each site
- Musical Performances
- The Bearded Ladies’ cabaret show showcased an exclusive production, “Bitter Homes and Gardens,” created especially for the PHS Pop Up Gardens
- Special performances included Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy, the German indie-electro band Milky Chance and internationally renowned singer/pianist Tony DeSare
How Pop Ups Help
Proceeds from PHS Pop Up Gardens support PHS programs, including City Harvest, which brings together a network of community gardeners who raise fresh, healthy food for more than 1,200 families in need each week druing growing seasons.