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The Flower Show

Transforming Vacant Land

Cleaned and greened LandCare lot with painted fence and vegetation along it. A raised bed with plants sits in the middle.

“Where children tossed empty cans in a once-neglected lot, they now feel ownership of the space. They come by and say, ‘Mrs. Parker, the grass is getting kind of high.’… It’s about the best thing that could have happened.”

Shelia Parker, West Philadelphia resident

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PHS uses gardening and landscaping to clean, green, and maintain vacant lots.  Known as PHS Philadelphia LandCare, our team replaces waste with grass, trees, and plants in 13,000 lots to develop green spaces in urban areas.  

With support from the City of Philadelphia, PHS partners with a network of contractors and community groups turn vacant lots into a positive public green space. These spaces create lasting benefits including decreased gun violence and improved mental health.  

Explore this section and learn more about how PHS Philadelphia LandCare can work with you to clean and green your neighborhood. 

Reimagine Safety: Crime doesn't have to shape low-income neighborhoods. Fixing blight will help.

Read University of Pennsylvania Professor Eugenia C. South's Washington Post article "If Black lives really matter, we must invest in Black neighborhoods."