Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia Green’

World’s Fastest Pumpkin Carver Coming to PHS Fall Garden Festival

August 17, 2010

Among the host of children’s attractions and activities coming to the PHS Fall Garden Festival on Sept. 11, this one may make your head spin.

The world’s fastest pumkin carver, local resident Stephen Clarke, will be on hand to carve pumpkins at a deliciously fast rate.

Clarke has earned the Guinness World record multiple times, including in 2006 at Universal Studios in Orlando when he carved a pumpkin in 24.03 seconds as part of “Food Network Challenge: Guinness World Records Week.” He has also earned records for carving one ton of pumpkins in 3 hours, 33 minutes and 49 seconds as well as 50 pumpkins in one hour.

Joining Clarke will be nurseryman and renowned sand sculptor Chuck Feld. Feld, owner of West Chester’s Sand Pounders, a professional sand sculpting firm, began sculpting sand over 20 years ago to cure boredom on the beach. He’s placed five times in the North American Sand Sculpting Championships, and is one of only 60 Master Sand Sculptors. We can’t wait to watch this true artist at work (pumpkins trump sand in September:)

Of course, children will be able to paint their own pumpkins throughout the day.

Stay tuned for more announcements about children’s activities and special features coming to the PHS Fall Garden Festival.

Hot Topics Coming to PHS Fall Garden Festival

August 9, 2010

The PHS Fall Garden Festival  coming up on Saturday, Sept. 11, will offer more than free family fun. Three mini lectures will take place on some hot topics for fall.

At 11 a.m., Lori Hayes from The Horticulture Center at Fairmount Park will talk about Autumn Tree Care. Lori is a trainer and teacher for the PHS Gardening Series, Tree Tenders, Garden Tenders, Green City Teachers program, and is a judge for the City Gardens Contest (winners will be announced at the festival).  This Mt. Airy resident, a Penn State Master Gardener and certified arborist, also lectures at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

At noon,  Lorraine Kiefer from Franklinville, N.J.’s Triple Oaks Nursery, will talk about Using Your Herbs. Lorraine has been a Flower Show presenter for several years.

At 3 p.m., Master Gardener Leomar Cooper will talk about Bringing your Houseplants Indoors. Leomar, chair of the Philadelphia Green Advisory Board, is a tireless volunteer at the Flower Show. This Awbury Community Gardener also belongs to several plant societies.  

We can’t wait!

For more fun activities coming to the Fall Festival, please visit here.

Cheddar It Forward!

July 22, 2010

Cabot, a longtime sponsor of the Philadelphia International Flower Show, has created a new initiative, Random Acts of Cheddar, to share cheddar and celebrate the cooperative spirit Cabot is founded upon.

Cabot Creamery, based in Vermont, is a farmer-owned cooperative with 100 percent of profits going to its famers. Random Acts of Cheddar affords its 1,200 farm families a way to thank others for supporting Cabot’s efforts to deliver the “World’s Best Cheddar.”

Over the past few months, Random Acts of Cheddar agents (dressed in plaid) have visited Boys and Girls clubs, firehouses, police departments and children’s shelters to share the farmers’ wishes, comfort and gratitude with cheddar. When the agents arrive, recipients know they have been randomly selected for a special thank you!

Click on the logo below to participate in Random Acts of Cheddar and nominate a deserving local hero, friend or family member who makes your world (and the world around you) a better place to live.

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. 


Junior Flower Show Award-Winners Announced!

April 26, 2010

PHS's Drew Becher and Flossie Narducci with Best in Show winners from the Junior Flower Show at Kids Grow Expo

On a beautiful spring day on Friday, Drew Becher, president-elect of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, awarded 11 students “Best in Show” ribbons for their entries in the Junior Flower Show at Temple Ambler’s Earthfest and Kids Grow Expo.

Students in five age divisions – A: up to and including second grade; B: grades 3-5; C: grades 6-8; D: grades 9-12; and E: ungraded — competed in several artistic and horticulture classes for Earthfest, which attracted 6,000 children, families and educators.

Artistic classes for the Junior Flower Show included crafty creatures, table setting arrangements, bird feeders, seed mosaics, jewelry, and more.

The Horticulture classes included blooming flowering plants, foliage plants, container-grown vegetables, cactus and succulents, herbs, hanging baskets, dish gardens, terrariums and more.

The Best of Show Winners were:


Leader of New York Restoration Project Named Next PHS President

February 11, 2010

Drew Becher, Executive Director of New York Restoration Project (NYRP), who has spearheaded New York City’s renowned MillionTreesNYC greening initiative, will become the 36th president of the venerable Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).

Becher will succeed Jane G. Pepper, PHS leader since 1981, who raised the stature of the Flower Show internationally and guided Philadelphia Green into a national model for urban revitalization.

NYRP was founded by entertainer and environmentalist Bette Midler in 1995. Becher has led the non-profit NYRP since 2006, and during his tenure has been a respected leader in the city’s greening and beautification initiatives.

In 2007, Becher and NYRP partnered with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to launch MillionTreesNYC, which has led to the planting of more than 310,000 trees in New York City’s five boroughs to date. Becher is also responsible for raising millions in revenue for capital projects; revamping NYRP’s environmental educational programs for more than 10,000 children in underserved communities; and expanding the organization’s programs for community gardeners and volunteers.


Take a Green Tour at the Flower Show

February 7, 2010

PNC's green wall in Pittsburgh.

The Philadelphia International Flower Show is an opportunity to learn how to protect the environment and play a part in sustaining its natural resources.

As principal fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Flower Show generates $1 million in revenues for its nationally renowned urban revitalization program, Philadelphia Green.

Visitors can learn about some of Philadelphia Green’s key initiatives, such as its entrepreneurial City Harvest effort, at the PHS Village display. City Harvest is a partnership with the prison system, community gardeners and food cupboard operators dedicated to ensuring fresh produce for under-served communities and nurturing urban agriculture in the region.

PNC Bank, the Presenting Sponsor of the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, will express its environmental message with a 16-foot-high by 20-foot-wide “living wall” of plants and recycled materials.


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.


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