PHS Pops Up at 20th & Market Streets


We’ve hinted about it on Facebook for the last few days, but it’s time to make it official. Less than a month after the carousel animals came to Logan Square, PHS is unveiling its latest Pop Up place—a new garden at 20th and Market streets!

PHS has transformed a vacant lot in bustling Center City into a peaceful oasis, providing a welcome reprieve from the workday. Starting this week, the garden will be open on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and everyone is welcome to visit.

Funding for this temporary green space comes courtesy of the William Penn Foundation, with additional assistance from the Brandywine Realty Trust and Independence Blue Cross. Six nearby restaurants are also participating by offering special dishes that use produce grown at the garden; proceeds will be donated to PHS for future greening initiatives.

The transformed landscape covers nearly 32,000 square feet and includes an herb and vegetable production area. The central goal for this downtown destination is to raise awareness for City Harvest, a PHS program that provides fresh produce for Philadelphians in need. Learn more here.  Visitors will also get to re-experience “écolibrium,” an exhibit of sustainable building and gardening originally created by Temple University Ambler for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show.

The PHS Pop Up Garden will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 pm with free, on-site horticultural workshops. (Topics will include container gardening, cut flowers, organic pest control, and more.)  Fitness classes, tours, and other special events will be planned throughout the summer as well.

We’ll share more about this exciting occurrence throughout this week and all summer long. Don’t miss out!

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2 Responses to “PHS Pops Up at 20th & Market Streets”

  1. Avi Solomon Says:

    Will you be using Sub-Irrigated Planters to alleviate concerns with soil contamination?

    • Daniel Says:

      Hi, Avi. No, not exactly. We did built raised beds at the Pops Up garden and imported the soil, but sub-irrigation is a great idea. PHS plans to pop up all over the place, so perhaps it could be worked into a future design.

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