More than 500 guests attended PHS’s Cinco de Mayo-themed Azalea Garden party on May 5 to raise funds for the Azalea Garden, one of Philadelphia’s most treasured and beautiful open spaces.
The four-acre garden, situated on the scenic Waterworks promenade behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is home to one of the most impressive collections of azaleas and rhododendrons in the region.
Co-Chairs Mark and Liz Ward noted that along with the dedication of PHS members and volunteers known as the Friends of the Azalea Garden, “this year’s fundraising effort will help maintain the garden’s breathtaking array of plantings, including perennials and planted beds and trees.”
In 1954, PHS gifted the Azalea Garden to the city to “enhance the beauty of Fairmount Park and add to the attractiveness of the city of Philadelphia” and to commemorate the 125th anniversary of PHS. By the late 1980s, the Azalea Garden was overgrown and in disrepair due to municipal funding cuts. So, in 1988, PHS selected the Azalea Garden project for restoration. Since then, the public landscape division of PHS’s Philadelphia Green program has guided the landscaping and maintenance for the garden, and today the Azalea Garden is one of the City’s most popular gathering spaces for wedding photographs, runners, and outdoor enthusiasts.
This year’s Party featured entertainment for all ages including stilt walkers, magicians, children’s crafts, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Catering was provided by Drexelbrook Catering and the event was sponsored by Fairmount Park, Subaru of America, Inc. (a Flower Show sponsor), and The Camera Shop.