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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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Renovations on the Rodin Museum of Philadelphia

April 11, 2011

Paris, France, a city inspired by romance and love, has more than one thing in common with our city of Brotherly Love. Both Philadelphia and Paris are home to a beautiful Rodin Museum (or Musée Rodin) and the two sites boast the largest collections of works by Auguste Rodin in the world. Check out this slideshow of pictures from the Musée Rodin in Paris!

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Exterior renovations are currently underway at the Philadelphia Rodin Museum, which project partners hope will help reinvigorate the original 1929 design laid out by talented French architects, Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber. The goal of the Rodin Museum and Garden Landscape Rejuvenation Project is to capture an urban oasis, set off by Rodin’s nature-inspired sculptures, and to highlight the museum’s entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a cultural corridor that was actually modeled after Champs Élysées in Paris.

The Philadelphia Parks & Recreation exhibit at this year's Flower Show featured a blown-up blueprint of the original 1929 Philadelphia Rodin Museum design.

OLIN landscape architects along with project collaborators, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society are looking to finish the project by late summer 2011. If you were lucky enough to visit the Parks & Recreation exhibit at this year’s Flower Show, then you got a sneak peak of the type of enhancements that are in store for the museum and its surrounding gardens and landscapes.

Now that the weather is warmer, visit the reinvigorated Philadelphia Rodin Museum. Take advantage of this extraordinary blend of art, nature, and culture in your backyard and think of Paris!

PHS Publishes New Guide for Community Gardeners

January 21, 2011

PHS is proud to announce its latest publication: Community Gardening: A PHS Handbook. This new book shows readers how to work collaboratively with friends and neighbors to create a thriving garden for all to share. If you’re a Flower Show fan with a passion for cucumbers and community, purchase a copy today.

In its pages you will learn how to secure the land on which you garden, work with local businesses and officials, reach out to the wider community, and sustain the garden for years to come. Based on PHS’s decades of greening, the Handbook is an indispensable tool for community gardeners everywhere (and it has great photos too!).

Purchase the book for you or a loved one at Also check out its companion piece, The PHS City Parks Handbook. As with the Flower Show, proceeds from the books benefit PHS’s greening programs, including tree plantings in the tri-state region.

Looking for a Great Gift Idea?

November 11, 2010

How about tickets to the Philadelphia International Flower Show

Send your family and friends to the world’s largest indoor flower show”Springtime in Paris,” March 6-13, 2011  at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Get your print-at-home tickets online and customize at or purchase over the phone at 215-988-8800.

Each ticket purchased for the Show this year will help the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society provide fresh produce for underserved families and plant new trees throughout the region. The Flower Show raises $1 million annually for the efforts of Philadelphia Green, the acclaimed community greening program operated by PHS.


Laurie Olin Receives PHS Distinguished Achievement Medal

November 10, 2010

The 183nd Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Council  convened on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to elect new members and present the 2010 PHS awards to an exceptional list of honorees.

L-R: PHS Chair John Ball, Laurie Olin, and PHS President Drew Becher

Renowned American landscape architect Laurie Olin received the PHS Distinguished Achievement Medal. Olin is a founding partner of the Philadelphia-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, OLIN. The firm received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design in 2008 and was on the winning team in the 2010 competition to design the new United States Embassy in London with architects Kieran Timberlake. OLIN landscape designs include the Campus Development Plan for the University of Pennsylvania, where Laurie Olin serves on the faculty; the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles; Bryant Park, Battery Park City, and Columbus Circle in New York City;  the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.; the Brancusi Ensemble in Romania; and the Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland.

OLIN is currently working with PHS on the renovation of the landscape at the Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Laurie Olin was also selected to serve as the landscape architect for the Barnes Foundation’s new site on the Parkway.

The PHS Distinguished Achievement Medal is presented each year to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of horticulture and has had a strong impact on PHS programs and projects.

PHS also presented its Certificates of Merit to the following recipients:

Michael Bowell is an orchid specialist and self-described “general practitioner horticulturist.” He and his partner, Simple, own Create-a-Scene, Inc., a landscape design service in Chester County where they have a two-acre garden and large greenhouse. Bowell received a BS in plant science from Rutgers University. He regularly volunteers as a lecturer at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, where his orchids have earned numerous blue ribbons and rosettes. He also leads container and trough workshops on his property, a favorite destination for gardeners and PHS members.

Margo Eremus and Sherrill Rowland have been longtime partners in many PHS projects. They worked together for more than a decade on the Flower Show’s Infonet Committee, which they co-chaired. Their latest venture is organizing volunteers for the Meadowbrook Farm Store, which sells houseplants, herbs, perennials, Gold

(L-R) Sherrill Rowland and Margo Eremus

Medal shrubs, and gardening accessories on the exhibit floor of the Flower Show. They also help with Meadowbrook’s booth at the PHS Fall Garden Festival. Eremus serves on the Azalea Garden Party Committee with her husband, Joe.

Sister Margaret McKenna is the garden coordinator for the New Jerusalem Now community garden in North Philadelphia. This special garden is managed for and by people living at New Jerusalem Now, a substance abuse recovery program. The garden participates in the PHS City Harvest program, which grows fresh produce for area food cupboards. The garden has been a winner in the PHS City Gardens Contest and has been described by the judges as “a life force in North Philadelphia.”

Sister Margaret McKenna (right) with PHS staffer Eileen Gallagher

The PHS Council approved the nomination of the following members for re-election to second three-year terms, starting Nov. 9: Heather Ascher, Thomas L. Bennett, Leslie Anne Miller, John F. O’Rourke, Paul A. Reid, and Patricia L. Smith.

The Nominating Committee elected to three-year terms the following individuals to three-year terms on Council:

Roberta Dranoff has a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a grants administrator and development manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is a docent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Dranoff served as chair of the 2010 Flower Show Preview Party Committee, and is a member of the Flower Show Executive Committee.

Margaret McCarvill is the global supply chain director for Dow Coating Materials. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Villanova University. She and her husband, Stephen Amadio, enjoy developing their garden in Cherry Hill, N.J. McCarvill is vice president of the Neighborhood Gardens Association, a Philadelphia Land Trust, and serves on the PHS Finance Committee.

Robin M. Potter spent 20 years in the computer services industry before turning her focus to horticulture. She completed the Barnes Foundation Arboretum course and became a Master Gardener in Camden County. A lecturer and garden design consultant, she serves on the Haddonfield, N.J., Shade Tree Commission and the Board of the Haddonfield Civic Association. Porter chairs the PHS Plant Dividend Committee, serves as a Flower Show tour guide, and judges for the PHS City Gardens Contest and Community Greening Award.

Frank J. Soucek is director of business development for Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist in Sewell, N.J. He serves on the Flower Show Executive Committee.

Founded in 1827, PHS motivates people to improve the quality of life and transform their communities through horticulture. PHS’s signature initiatives – Philadelphia Green and the Philadelphia International Flower Show – uphold a tradition of quality horticulture, sustainable community development, and floral and landscape design that inspires gardeners throughout the nation.

PHS Looking for Green City Teachers

October 6, 2010

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is looking for Green City Teachers this fall. 

The 5-session Green City Teachers Basic Training will be held at PHS, 100 N. 20th St., 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103 on:

Thursdays, October 21 and 28 and November 4 and 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 23  from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This course will encourage Philadelphia educators to integrate horticulture and environmental education into their classrooms as they participate in a forum for sharing ideas. Topics include Basic Horticulture, Food Gardening, Trees, Indoor Gardening, and Habitat Gardens. Up to 16 hours of Act 48 credit are available.

Pre-Registration Fee: $20.

Walk-in Registration: $25.

To register online, visit  here. Online registration fee includes an additional $2.09 handling charge.

For more information, contact

PHS Announces 2010 Community Greening Award Winners

September 30, 2010

Columbus and Fulton streets northside garden traffic island in Pittsburgh

Lewes Gateway Garden in Lewes, Del.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, producer of the Philadelphia International Flower Show and the renowned urban greening program Philadelphia Green, will pay tribute to community greening champions across the state this fall.

The Community Greening Award recognizes businesses, municipalities, civic associations, community groups, garden clubs and individuals across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who have created and maintained public green spaces that enhance their communities. Drawing 84 nominations this year, the program will honor 61 recipients at award ceremonies Oct. 10 in Pittsburgh and Nov. 7 in Philadelphia.

“Studies show quality green spaces enhance the health, beauty and economic vitality of an area,” said Drew Becher, President of PHS. “This award represents a mark of excellence. We congratulate all of the Community Greening Award participants for the impact they have made in their communities.”

Lincoln Square in Gettysburg, Pa.


Flower Show Wins Eight International Festival Awards

September 16, 2010

The Philadelphia International Flower Show received eight international festival awards for excellence for the 2010 presentation, “Passport to the World,” at ceremonies Wednesday, Sept. 15, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Flower Show, produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, was honored in a variety of programming and promotional categories. The prizes for PHS included a Gold award for its community outreach program, City Harvest, which raises fresh produce for distribution to underserved residents, trains prison inmates in green job skills, and supports urban farmers.

The professional competition, presented by the International Festivals & Events Association, draws entries from around the world. Winners were announced at the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held during the association’s 55th annual convention in St. Louis.

The Flower Show awards were for the following categories (for events with budgets over $1.5 million):


PHS to create “Living Room” for National Park(ing) Day

September 15, 2010

More green, less gray. That is the message the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will share by joining several other organizations and businesses throughout Philadelphia for Park(ing) Day on Friday, Sept. 17.

Park(ing) Day is an annual, one-day event that has spread nationally and internationally to bring attention to the joys of urban parks by transforming city parking spots into temporary green spaces. The goal is to reclaim parking spots and transform them into engaging, people-friendly public spaces for one day a year.

Starting at 9 a.m., staff members PHS will transform two parking spots in front of the PHS building at 20th and Arch streets into a “living room.” The green room will include couches made of sod-covered hay bales, a sedum coffee table, a moss-covered floor lamp and a chalk rug where visitors may fill in the rug design with colored chalk. The park will be up and running during business hours and all materials will be recycled, composted or repurposed.

Park(ing) Day was founded by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, in 2005 to raise awareness of the need for green spaces in urban environments. Philadelphia celebrated Park(ing) Day for the first time in 2008 with over 25 installations for relaxing, cycling, creating art, education, and socializing. For more information on Park(ing) Day, please check or


Rooted in Ireland

August 31, 2010

Photo Courtesy of Rooted in Ireland

We just heard from a little birdie that Tourism Ireland’s exhibit for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show will highlight the oak tree in both ancient and modern times as well as the role the trees play in fairy-lore in Ireland.

The exhibit will also highlight the the loss of these trees and the program, Rooted in Ireland, that encourages the people of Ireland to replant these sacred trees.

We can’t wait to learn more.

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