Archive for July, 2011

Virginia is for (Garden) Lovers, PHS Trip in October

July 28, 2011

The Japanese Garden at Maymont

Have you ever attended a PHS garden trip? If not, this October presents the perfect opportunity. PHS members and guests have a golden opportunity to spend four days touring numerous private and public gardens in and around Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, and Richmond, Virginia.

This trip includes sites that delve into both American and exotic gardens and will introduce participants to some extraordinary gardeners. En route to Charlottesville, the first visit is to centuries-old Chatham Manor, designed by Philadelphia-born landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. Another dose of national pride can be found in the historical house and gardens of Monticello, owned and designed by Thomas Jefferson. At the Victorian-era estate of Maymont, members can view the spectacular designs of Gilded Age and gardens reflecting Italian, Japanese, and English styles, respectively. A total of 10 visits are planned.

From the cooking class opportunities at the Boar’s Head Inn to wine tasting at the Jefferson Vineyards, this PHS Garden Trip has a balance of touring and recreation. Don’t miss out on an excursion that will prove to be informative, beautiful, and (above all) fun! For more information, please contact Chela Kleiber at 215-988-8775 or


PHS Garden Trip to Virginia
October 3 – 6, 2011
Tour limit 25 people (only a few spots remain!)
Click here to learn more and to register

Great Gardening at Hortulus Farm

July 26, 2011

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Located in Wrightstown in Bucks County, Hortulus Farm is both a retail nursery and one of the most spectacular properties in the Philadelphia region. Designed and owned by Renny Reynolds and Jack Staub, this rural paradise includes immaculate gardens, stunning vistas, and hundreds of gorgeous plants available for sale, including the numerous trained “standards” that are a Hortulus trademark.

Recently, PHS president Drew Becher visited Hortulus along with Flower Show designer Sam Lemheney and PHS VP of Operations Barrett Robinson (photo left to right: Sam, Drew, Jack, and Barrett). Hosting was Jack Staub, who showed not only the gardens and nursery areas, but also his stunning library–a converted barn, actually–that contains rare books, artwork, and sculpture. Elsewhere on the property the guests enjoyed sights of pheasants, doves, a happily grazing country horse, and a large blue heron that has been a regular visitor for years.

To learn about visiting Hortulus Farm, click here or call 215-598-0550. You can even enjoy more benefits by becoming a Friend of Hortulus Farm. Find out more online or, better still, when you visit this fabulous horticultural getaway yourself.

Sneak Preview of Restaurant Week 2011

July 21, 2011

Unrelenting heat couldn’t keep the crowds away from the PHS Pops Up Garden yesterday as everyone wanted to hear the latest news about Philadelphia’s Restaurant Week. True, Center City District’s Restaurant Week, presented by TD Bank, doesn’t start until September—but it’s never too soon to whet our collective appetite.

As of today, 120 restaurants will participate in Restaurant Week, offering three-course dinners for $35 (and, in many cases, three-course lunches for $20). To assist patrons, CCD announced it will launch a mobile website for on-the-go planning and menu browsing.

Also new in 2011: a partnership with Philly Homegrown that will promote fresh ingredients and real Philadelphia flavor.

Speakers for the event included:

Paul Levy, President and CEO, Center City District
Meryl Levitz, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation
Drew Becher, President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Ron Matthew, Greater Philadelphia Market President, TD Bank
Chris DiGennaro, General Manager, R2L Restaurant

Below are photos from the event. If you’ve enjoyed Restaurant Week in the past, tell us the mouth-watering details in the comments section.

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How to Grow a Pop Up Garden

July 5, 2011

Since opening day three weeks ago, the PHS Pops Up Garden has generated a lot of buzz! We hope you’ve had a chance to visit; if not, drop by on Wednesdays and Thursdays between noon and 2 pm.

If this is your first time hearing about the garden, here’s what you need to know:

Summer is meant to be spent outside, so come out to 20th and Market streets to see us at the Pops Up Garden!

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