Archive for September, 2012

Schaffer Designs Creates Constitutional Display

September 21, 2012

As headquarters of the Constitution’s landmark 225th anniversary, the National Constitution Center had a lineup of celebratory events in September that included a floral art pop up by Bill Schaffer (AAF, AIFD, PFCI) and Kristine Kratt (AIFD, PFCI) of Schaffer Designs, three-time “Best in Show” winners at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

This sculptural piece was assembled on the Center’s front lawn on September 17 and incorporated 80 stars submitted by top floral designers from 46 states, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. The stars, which many of the designers made using materials indigenous to their respective states, were hung along with large, monochromatic spheres that had been covered with red or white carnations, white larkspur, stock, and hydrangeas.

Christian Kanienberg, a sculptor and mural artist from Wilmington, built the 12- by 16-foot steel canopy to display the bouquet and Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist donated the flowers. Bill, Kristine, and their crew of volunteers began their creation at 5:30 am and because of National Park Service rules, had to dismantle it by sundown the same day!

Join us in not only celebrating the anniversary of the Constitution, but also in congratulating Bill and Kristine on their success, their vision, and for their dedication to such a special project!

Plan Your Week with PHS, including Saturday’s Fall Garden Festival

September 18, 2012

The next few days are a flurry of activity for PHS, so we thought we’d break it down for you. If you are somehow able to attend all these events and activities, you will most certainly earn our admiration and appreciation.

Pear Pairing – 09/19
Join PHS for a festive evening in the PHS Pop Up Garden. Celebrate autumn in the garden with samples of Subarashii Kudamono Asian pear wine, made from Pennsylvania-grown gourmet Asian pears, paired with slices of fresh Asian pears, as well as a selection of local, artisan cheeses and breads, courtesy of Fair Foods.

Also, you can purchase PHS hats and t-shirts, artful seed packs, pots and plants, and more at the PHS Pop Up Shop  during this event. Pear Pairing is a free event, open to guests 21 and older. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. More information.

Roots to Re-Entry Forum – 09/20
Learn about the PHS Roots to Re-Entry jobs training program as part of the Urban Sustainability Forum. This panel discussion among partners and stakeholders will discuss the strategies for (and importance of) getting once-incarcerated individuals empowered for employment. The evening discussion takes place at the Academy of Natural Sciences. More information.

Firstrust Day at the Pop Up Garden & Park(ing) Day – 09/21
Join us back in the Pop Up Garden for a presentation by celebrity chef Hope Cohen, presented by Firstrust, an official sponsor of the garden. Little Baby’s Ice Cream will be on site selling its delicious, locally made treats. More information.

Also, across from the garden, PHS will participate in the international Park(ing) Day by setting up a one-day mini-park in a metered parking space on Walnut Street. Learn more about Park(ing) Day here.

PHS Fall Garden Festival – 09/22
Start the fall season with a fantastic celebration! The 2012 PHS Fall Garden Festival takes place on the first day of autumn at the Navy Yard, an exciting location with a mix of historic structures and riverfront views. The festival is all about family, and we’ll have great activities for kids, shopping for adults, a preview of the 2013 Flower Show, and much more. The PHS Young Friends will bring back their popular Biergarten featuring Victory brews. Click here for details.

The Fall Garden Festival will also include two friendly competitions: “Garden Bounty” and “Garden Giants.” For entry information, click here.

Carla Hall and Daphne Oz of ABC’s “The Chew” will be there with live demonstrations, Q&As, giveaways and more! Catch The Chew weekdays at 1 pm on 6abc.

The Fall Garden Festival is free and open to everyone (although there are definite perks to being a PHS member). See you there!

Our Gift to You: Join Us in the Pop Up for a Pear Pairing!

September 5, 2012

As a thank you to our loyal blog readers, PHS invites you to the Pop Up Garden to enjoy samples of local cheeses and breads from Fair Food, herbs from the garden itself, and samples of fresh Asian pears and Asian pear wine—all during a bucolic event on Wednesday, September 19 from 5 to 7 pm at 1905-15 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

Fair Food has been uniting local farmers with businesses and consumers for more than ten years. They promote the importance of family farms and create a year-round marketplace for fresh, local, and humane food products in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Asian pear wine comes courtesy of Suarashii Kudamono, which is based in the Lehigh Valley and means “wonderful fruit” in Japanese.

Pear Pairing in the PHS Pop Up Garden is a free event for our social media fans who are 21 and older. Registration is required at Sign up soon because space is limited! And for a great recipe using Asian pears, visit our Pinterest recipe board.

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