As part of the recent City in Bloom event, PHS oversaw the installation of giant “lollipop” plantings in Logan Square!
Taking a nod from traditional British topiary—next year’s Flower Show theme is brilliant, after all—these orb-like elevated plantings consist of Coleus ‘Sedona’ and orange lantanas. The PHS Public Landscape Design and Management team had the idea, and Tom Reber and Bernie Pettit from Meadowbrook Farm were commissioned for construction. Both men had experience with planting and caring for hanging baskets—although this project is on a much bigger scale!
Black iron pipe (meant for plumbing work) was fashioned into a globe-like shapes and covered in coconut fiber. Each sphere was then filled with about six bags of soil. Next, the men cut slits into the coconut fiber and plugged in the plants.
As you can see from the photos, the plantings aren’t exactly bursting with color yet, but Tom Reber says the recent warm temperatures will lead to a brilliant pop of orange in a week or so. When you are in Center City, enjoying everything about With Art Philadelphia, admire these whimsical additions to the Parkway landscape.