Today is a big day for PHS: the opening of our 2012 Pop Up Garden! If you’ve been by 19th and Walnut streets lately (on the northwest corner of Rittenhouse Square), you likely noticed a team in brown PHS t-shirts braving the heat and busily planting. All the hard work is worth it; we can’t wait to share our new temporary garden with you!
A celebration to mark the opening of the new garden will take place today (Friday, June 22 ) at noon. You are invited to attend and hear from special guests including Mayor Nutter; PHS President Drew Becher; Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Mural Arts Program; Jacqueline Gonzales of Chipotle Mexican Grill; and Timothy Abell, President of Firstrust Bank. Chipotle and Firstrust are official sponsors of the garden, and we so appreciate their support!
The garden address is 1905-15 Walnut Street. The regular garden hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11 am to 2 pm; Thursday evenings from 5 to 7; and the second Saturday of each month from 9 am to 1 pm.
If you’re in the mood for some interesting reading, it seems as though the pop-up concept is popping up all everywhere. An article on salon.com discussed Chicago’s plans to combat asphalt with small green spaces citywide. A second story, this one from The Globe and Mail, focuses on pop-up architecture and how the concept encourages risk-taking and innovation.
See you at the garden!