PHS Impact

PHS is Gardening for the Greater Good. Please Join Us!

For almost 200 years, PHS has played a critical role in the Philadelphia region. From hosting the first Philadelphia Flower Show in 1829 to forming Philadelphia Green, PHS’s neighborhood greening initiative in the 1970s, our work has had an enormous impact on the city of Philadelphia and in more recent years, has branched out to the surrounding suburbs. However, there is much to be done as some communities struggle with increasing poverty, crime and quality of life issues. Healthy, fresh food remains hard to reach for 20% of families. And, Philadelphia faces the highest poverty rate of any big city in the U.S.

In January 2018, PHS Staff and Board, with the backing of the William Penn Foundation, undertook a strategic planning effort to reshape our work in order to deliver the impact most needed by our city and region in anticipation of our 200th anniversary in 2027. Planners asked people about the challenges they are having in their communities and how could PHS use horticulture to address them. We asked ourselves, “How can horticulture be used to advance the greater good?”

Gathering extensive research, analysis, and conducting multitudes of listening sessions have resulted in a solid focus for PHS’s work around four priorities: increasing access to healthy food, creating better living environments, building deeper social connections, and growing economic opportunity.

We look forward to your participation as a gardener, a donor, a PHS member or an enthusiastic volunteer. This important work will be driven by a sincere belief that together we can strengthen communities throughout the region. Thank you for your support.

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Enjoy private garden tours,  DIY workshops and special events all year long.

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