Posts Tagged ‘City Harvest’

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!

Local Restaurants Support the Pop-Up Garden

June 13, 2011

Everyone is abuzz about the new PHS Pops Up garden on the vacant lot at 20th and Market streets in Center City Philadelphia. This garden raises awareness for City Harvest, a PHS initiative that provides fresh, locally grown food to those in underserved communities.

Six highly respected chefs are lending their talents to this cause. Joining the project are Daniel Stern of R2L, Guillermo Tellez of Square 1682, Chris Scarduzio of Table 31, Michael Schulson of Sampan, Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo, and Lynn Rinaldi of Paradiso, all of whom will create special dishes using the garden’s bounty and donate proceeds back to City Harvest.

Throughout the summer we’ll share delicious recipes from these accomplished chefs. In the meanwhile, check out their impressive bios after the jump. And thanks to the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), Philly Homegrown, and the Center City District for their help in promoting City Harvest.


Discover How the Flower Show Supports Greening & Gardening

March 4, 2011

Did you know the Flower Show is a fundraiser? It’s true. Proceeds, including ticket sales, support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. PHS is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that’s been around since 1827. Although the organization has evolved through the decades, its mission is clear: PHS builds community and improves lives through horticulture.

When you visit the Flower Show, experience the PHS exhibit. Located near the PHS Shoppe and Meadowbrook Farm Store, the exhibit features four gardens that showcase celebrated PHS programs. You’ll see:

  • A peaceful pathway lined with trees in honor of the new Plant One Million tree-planting initiative that encompasses 13 counties,
  • A vegetable garden full of scrumptious veggies recognizing the PHS City Harvest program that helps to feed families in underserved communities,
  • A lush garden of trees and shrubs that have earned the PHS Gold Medal Award distinction. These plants are perfect for your garden!
  • A stately display that reflects the stunning landscapes managed by PHS along Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

In this part of the Show you’ll also discover the near-endless benefits of PHS membership. Along with free Flower Show tickets, discounts at gardens and retail centers, a fantastic partnership with Subaru, a bi-monthly gardening magazine, and much more, PHS membership most importantly supports a worthy cause.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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.

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):


Join PHS for a Growing Green Bike Tour

May 5, 2010

Join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which produces the Philadelphia International Flower Show, and members of PHS’s City Harvest Growers Alliance Program (CHGA) for a bicycle exploration of urban gardens and food systems.

Funds raised from this event will be used to purchase bike trailers for use by the City Harvest Growers Alliance farmers.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
When: 2-5pm
Where: Meet at the Our Front Yard Garden (N Front Street & Fairmount Avenue)
Distance: ~8 miles or approximately 3 hours (see below for more information)
Who: All Riders (helmets are highly recommended)

Entry Fee: $15 ($5 off for Bicycle Coalition members) Register here.

The tour will start at Our Front Yard Garden and Liberty Lands Community Garden in Northern Liberties. We will head north to the Teens For Good Garden with a stop through the Village of Arts and Humanities. We will end at Emerald Street farm in Kensington. 


Exciting attractions for students at this year’s Flower Show.

February 13, 2010

The Philadelphia Zoo will be sending colorful representatives to do demos at the Flower Show.

The Philadelphia International Flower Show (February 28-March 7) is a great study break for area college students.

In keeping with the “Passport to the World” theme there will be daily musical performances by the vibrant Brazilian troupe, Minas, who recently performed at World Café Live in University City.

There will also be classical and contemporary Indian dance led by Rujuta Vaidya, choreographer for the spectacular Slumdog Millionaire dance sequence presented at the 2009 Academy Awards. (more…)

How was Philadelphia Greened in 2009?

December 28, 2009

Look no further than our Philadelphia International Flower Show Blog. Proceeds of this annual event go to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and its acclaimed urban revitalization program, Philadelphia Green.

Looking toward the New Year, we can’t help but reminisce about the work that was accomplished across the region in 2009.

Take a peek:

• Philadelphia Green leaders shared their experience in neighborhood revitalization with cities across the country, including Buffalo, Cleveland, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Richmond and Shreveport. In a new partnership with Keep America Beautiful, PG provided greening resources to KAB’s 1,000 affiliates and participating organizations. To date, Philadelphia Green has stabilized more than 7 million square feet of former derelict vacant land.

• PHS received a $1.65 million grant through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (Pennvest) for the planting of more than 8,000 trees in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. The funding came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is part of a portfolio of green infrastructure projects encouraged by both federal and state government.


Plant Yourself in Our Garden

November 13, 2009

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You may remember The PHS Village from last year’s Flower Show. The Village is centered right in the middle of the Show floor at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and informs visitors of all things PHS.

Well, this year’s Village will undergo a dynamic change for “Passport to the World.”

A new redesigned Village will offer a sampler of PHS programs, highlighted by two fast-paced demonstration gardens where visitors can learn how to plant vegetables, herbs or shrubs, design a small-space or container garden, or find answers to their horticultural questions. The 10- to 15-minute lessons will include children’s gardening demonstrations.


City Harvest Celebrates Four Years

October 14, 2009
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The Health Promotion Council's Lynne Snyder and Robin Rifkin and City Harvest participant Theresa Burton. Proceeds of the Philadelphia Flower Show go to Philadelphia Green programs including City Harvest.

City Harvest, an innovative program that provides fresh produce to families in need, celebrated the culmination of its fourth growing season at the Philadelphia Prison System on Oct. 8.

“Anybody in an orange jump suit will tell you, we want to get out,” said inmate Jason Castro, who has been participating in the City Harvest program for the last five months. “[The program] has literally been a breath of fresh air. It’s nothing but a big chain and it starts here with us inmates. I’ve been taking and taking. This is a first step for us to give back.”


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