JANUARY 8, 2021, PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announced that it has been awarded a $1M Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant to make capital improvements at its Meadowbrook Farm public garden in Abington Township.
Meadowbrook Farm is a 25-acre property bequeathed to PHS in 2003, by the late J. Liddon Pennock, Jr. PHS welcomes seasonal guests to Meadowbrook April - October to enjoy the spectacular plantings throughout the property as well as a host of educational programs. The 19 “garden rooms” at Meadowbrook Farm are maintained each year by PHS’s renowned horticulture professionals, highlighting seasonal interest and serving as a habitat for bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators.
The award will allow PHS to make capital improvements, increase visitor capacity and experience, and produce horticultural related programs and events. “At any time and especially now, PHS Meadowbrook Farm offers visitors of all ages a unique outdoor horticultural experience that is uplifting and vital,” said Andrew Bunting, Vice President of Public Horticulture.
“Green spaces that allow people an opportunity to experience the natural world, to learn about nature, our ecology, and how vital conservation is, are invaluable,” said PA State Representative Ben Sanchez D-Montgomery. “Meadowbrook Farm is one of those beautiful spaces that allows us to make the connection with our environment, and when you see the beauty in our environment, you can’t help but want to preserve it. I’m grateful the Commonwealth has made this investment in Meadowbrook Farm for all to enjoy.”
The RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.
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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization founded in 1827, plays an essential role in the vitality of the Philadelphia region by creating healthier living environments, increasing access to fresh food, growing economic opportunity, and building deeper social connections between people. PHS delivers this impact through comprehensive greening and engagement initiatives in more than 250 neighborhoods; an expansive network of public gardens and landscapes; year-round learning experiences; and the nation’s signature gardening event, the Philadelphia Flower Show. PHS provides everyone with opportunities to garden for the greater good as a participant, member, donor, or volunteer. For information and to support this work, please visit PHSonline.org.