Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia Water Department’

Through Laura’s Lens: “We’re from the Government…”

March 7, 2012

…and they’re here to help us to build a cleaner, greener city, celebrate splendid gardens, and sustain our native wildlife. Let’s take a look at three important agencies and the work they do.

Photo of model of City Hall

Picture Philadelphia's City Hall surrounded by new green plantings, completing a green belt stretching a mile and a half up Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo from set-up week.

The Philadelphia Water Department challenges us to walk through Center City and re-think the cityscape using models of iconic buildings and whimsical succulent plantings representing parks, trees, and green roofs.

Kids love the skyscrapers that are only a bit bigger than they are, and grownups appreciate the interpretive signage. Learn how a greener city will not only please the eye, but help to purify our air and water.

Picture of Philadelphia Parks & Recration Exhibit

Imagine an event catered by Stephen Starr on a green lawn with a vista of reflecting pools and sunken gardens. That's Fairmount Park!

Philadelphia has the country’s largest municipal landscaped park—Fairmount Park. For the 2012 Show, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation has recreating its gardens outside the Horticultural Center in the Centennial District, just a five-minute walk from the Please Touch Museum. The real gardens provide the perfect backdrop for a garden wedding or other event—and with culinary superstar Stephen Starr as the resident caterer, the food and drink are sure to please.

In order to create this exhibit, the Horticultural Center staff forced many of the plants in their greenhouses before turning their attention to their spring and summer plans. Be sure to visit Fairmount Park as soon as the weather warms!

Closeup of plant at Flower Show's EPA exhibit

Sarracenia flava, yellow pitcher. One of our region's native wetlands plants, on display at the EPA exhibit.

The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (Region III) invites us to set up camp along a native woodland paradise and listen to the tranquil sounds of a cascading brook as it emerges to form wetlands. This exhibit is a labor of love for EPA staffers who grow many of the plants themselves to stretch their exhibit budget.

There’s a lot to learn at the Flower Show—in addition to these three, there are exhibits from more than a dozen schools and plant societies. Make sure you budget ample time to see all they have to offer.

Make Your Garden Greener with Philly Water Dept. & the EPA

March 9, 2011

In Hall B, stop by the Philadelphia Water Department’s display (1101 Market St., 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107) to see a creative exhibit about using stormwater to make your garden even greener.

Working with Partners for the Delaware Estuary, the Water Department has designed a garden that uses storm run-off to water a special “rain garden” that sits in front of a quaint Parisian flower shop.

Adds PWD’s Lisa Wool, “The water runs off the roof, into downspouts, and is captured in a garden planter. After a few days, the water seeps into the soil , as opposed to entering and overflowing the sewers. ”

Nearby, at the U.S. EPA, Region III exhibit (1650 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103), gardeners cerated a landscape full of native plants.

Says EPA’s Jeff Lapp, “We want to everyone to know about the many benefits of native plants and also how beautiful they are. We hope to educate visitors on the importance of forest ecosystems and motivate them to preserve and restore these areas in their own backyards.”

Greensgrow Farmer’s Market, Sustainable Living Ideas, PHS Green Stop Coming to PHS Fall Garden Festival

August 19, 2010

Photo Courtesy of Greensgrow Farms

Visitors to the PHS Fall Garden Festival on Sept. 11 can learn about a variety of programs and organizations that focus on sustainable living at the PHS Green Stop. The tent will be located on the north side of the festival grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and will house a series of information stations that address green solutions to today’s challenges.

  • PECO will provide information on its Smart Homes program and how to receive rebates by utilizing energy-efficient equipment and actions. The energy provider will also have free promotional items for visitors to its table.
  • The Neighborhood Gardens Association, a Philadelphia Land Trust, will offer information about its mission, which is the continuity and long-term preservation of community-managed gardens and green spaces in Philadelphia neighborhoods.
  • Greensgrow Farms, the Fishtown garden center, will provide information about its many educational programs. Greensgrow also will set up a bountiful farmers market at the Fall Garden Festival.
  • The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, which promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost and environmentally friendly form of transportation and recreation, will offer information about membership, resources, campaigns and upcoming events.
  • Waste Management will show visitors how to think of waste as a resource for renewable energy.
  • The Clean Air Council will offer information on how to reduce pollutants for a healthier environment.
  • The Sustainable Business Network will provide information on joining the organization and how to grow and find businesses that are socially and environmentally responsible.
  • The Philadelphia Water Department will offer information on ways to improve the water quality in the region, including innovative storm water management methods.
  • The Urban Green Partnership will promote its GreenFest Philly event, which will be held Sept. 12 on Second Street, between South and Pine Streets. The festival brings together a variety of green businesses and organizations, including PHS, for an entertaining and educational celebration of green living.

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.


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