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Make a Lei at Home!

March 21, 2012

The March/April issue of Green Scene magazine contains a do-it-yourself lei making tutorial that will surely make you the hit of the summer cookout or day down the shore.

During the Flower Show, we were thrilled when Green Scene readers James Gerald and Pat O’Rouke came to “Islands of Aloha” adorned in their home-made leis. They told us that they made these beautiful leis based on the instructions in the magazine—and they did a great job!

Thanks for reading, James and Pat!

Want Green Scene delivered to your door or available on your iPad? It is a perk of being a PHS member. (PHS being the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the organization that produces the Flower Show.) Click here to find out how to become a member, and learn about all the benefits of membership!

Charitybuzz Highlight: Feeling a Little Starstruck?

March 9, 2012

Here’s a chance to rub elbows with some famous and influential people, all while supporting PHS and its programs (like Plant One Million and City Harvest).

The PHS auction at features some incredible prizes including tickets to watch a live taping of Hardball with Chris Matthews and a tour of the set, followed by a photo-op with the host and Philadelphia native, Chris Matthews!

On a lighter note, bid for two VIP tickets to be in the studio audience for LIVE! With Kelly in New York (who doesn’t want to start their day with Kelly Ripa?), or be among Philadelphia’s brightest stars with tickets to the Preview Party for the 2013 Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Want to catch up on all things Philly-related? Bid on the opportunity for you and a guest to have lunch with one of most-recognized voices in the Delaware Valley—KYW Newsradio anchor, Harry Donahue. Harry is also the voice of Temple University football and basketball, hosts weekly radio and television shows, and has also done play-by-play for Philadelphia Eagles preseason games.

Visit between now and March 13 to bid. Good luck!

Charitybuzz Highlights: The Ultimate for the Sports Fan

March 2, 2012

The PHS auction at is teeming with one-of-a-kind prizes for the sports-minded set. For instance, picture yourself with three fiends at center court for a Philadelphia 76ers game or being incredibly close to your favorite player at a Phillies home game.

Or imagine watching the Philadelphia Eagles next season with two suite tickets and two sideline passes.

Want to get the inside scoop on the game? You and three guests can have lunch with former Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants punter, Sean Landeta.

Want to play instead of spectate? Bid on a round of golf at Merion Golf Club’s East Course in Ardmore, PA. where you and two guests will create a foursome with member and PHS luminary Harry Hill, and then enjoy lunch and a post-round drink.

Bid early and often at! These and many other prizes beyond the wide world of sports are only available until Tuesday, March 13. The proceeds from your winning bid directly support PHS and its programs, including Plant One Million and City Harvest. Good luck!

Charitybuzz: Win Big & Support PHS

February 24, 2012

By now you’re ready for the Hawaiian experience that awaits you at this year’s Flower Show, but what if you could win a trip to the sunny beaches of Kauai? PHS has teamed up with, where you can bid on that vacation and many other exclusive prizes.

From now to March 13, charitybuzz will host an online auction of incredible prizes, including encounters with celebrities, access to VIP events, tickets to major league games, an iPad, and much more. Your winning bid will support PHS and its programs including:

Plant One Million–each donation helps PHS plant trees toward its goal of one million new trees in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

City Harvest–each donation helps PHS grow and donate fresh produce to feed families in need.

Feeling a little competitive and ready to bid? Participate at from your computer or smartphone, or place a bid in person at the Preview Party of the Flower Show on March 3. Happy bidding!

Flower Show Debuts Online Store!

February 20, 2012

Purchase souvenirs from the 2012 Flower Show before it begins!

PHS and the Flower Show are proud to share its new online store. With just a few clicks you can add to your collection of collectible pins and silk scarves or pre-order this year’s DVD Hawaii: Islands of Aloha (which will be filmed live at the Show).

Want to surprise your favorite Flower Show fan? Order the ultimate Flower Show Gift Package, which includes includes two adult tickets, the 2012 signature silk scarf, and an embroidered multipurpose felt purse.

Also featured are must-haves for every gardener from soothing hand soap, easy flower-arranging tools, and organic cotton PHS T-shirts. Gift certificates and PHS memberships are also available. Stop by often to see what’s new!

“Strange Beauties” at the McLean Library

October 12, 2011

Crassula pellucida

Sigh. Do you miss the good old days, when men were men, women were women, and horticultural societies hosted exclusive get-togethers at which charmingly eccentric Victorian plant collectors and enthusiasts would display their most exotic specimens before an equally eccentric audience of their monocle-wearing, mustachioed peers?

Of course you do. Who doesn’t? That’s why PHS is hosting “Strange Beauties,” its first plant exhibit at the McLean Library (20th and Arch Streets). Harkening to PHS’s history of mounting small exhibits—such as orchid, bulb, and rose shows during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the focus of the show will be the strange beauty of succulents—cacti, sedums, and sempervivums alike.

The exhibit will showcase exotic succulents from around the world, from Mexico to Madagascar, many of which are currently being grown by the horticulture experts at Meadowbrook Farm. Visitors will learn how to grow and care for their own succulents, and will be able to see examples of typical “green roof” plants in outdoor containers by the entrance.

The first in a series of similar plant exhibits to come, the show will start on October 31 (Halloween!) and run through December 1. For more information, call 215-988-8872 or send an email here.

Double Dose of Pops Up Fun on August 4

August 2, 2011

The PHS Pops Up Garden is a non-stop party, but Thursday, August 4 is shaping up to be the most noteworthy day yet! An afternoon gardening workshop and evening movie screening are a two-part combination that promises to be fantastically fun.

First up, at 12:30 pm, is the container gardening workshop offered by Philly Homegrown. In case you’re unfamiliar, Philly Homegrown®, is a program of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) that promotes the people, places, and flavors of the area’s 100-mile foodshed—from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to Amish Country to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Philly Homegrown website is well worth a visit. Its features include:

Meet the Makers, which connects you to the people leading Philadelphia’s local food movement, from farmers to vintners to restaurant owners

Now in Season, which identifies foods that are fresh, local and immediately available, and features recipes that use those seasonal ingredients

Food Tours helps you plan a whole day—or more—of local nourishment with themed itineraries

If you can’t attend on Thursday, Philly Homegrown has other Pops Up presentations on deck. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Moving on to the evening, at 8 pm PHS presents a free screening of  “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks.” You may remember this documentary debuted at the Philadelphia Museum of Art last year.

If you missed it the first time, don’t let it happen again. This wonderful film chronicles the creator of New York’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted’s firm worked on the designs of many parks in this area too, including FDR Park and Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia; Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill; Washington Square in Center City; and other portions of Fairmount Park.

So clear your calendar and come to the PHS Pops Up Garden (twice!) on Thursday.

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!

A Chat with the PHS President

June 30, 2011

It was roughly one year ago that Drew Becher assumed the role of president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. In that time the “Springtime in Paris” Flower Show wowed more than a quarter million guests and a vegetable garden “popped up” on the vacant lot at 20th and Market streets.

Recently Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery magazine interviewed Drew for its July/August issue. In the five-page spread Drew discusses everything from future Flower Shows to the ambitious Plant One Million campaign. He also shares his desire to make Philadelphia synonymous with great gardens and progressive horticulture. Click here to read the article.

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