WHAT’S GOING ON AT 20TH & MARKET IN THE EMPTY LOT – It’s A Pop-Up Shop
Last week I tweeted (Follow me @iPhillyChitChat) that The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society was populating the Ben Franklin Parkway with the carousel animals that starred in the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show.
Drew Becher, PHS President, Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources, Jada Gibson, Seventh Grade Student, St. Francis Xavier School, Gary Steuer, Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia and Louis Giorla, Commissioner, Philadelphia Prison System (hmm not sure why the guy from the Phila Prison is there? Photo provided by PHS) The creatures were redecorated by Valley Forge Flowers for display through the summer around the Swann Memorial Fountain on Logan Square. My favorite one is the ostrich, but you’ll have to go look at it yourself.
Now the PHS is creating a Pop-Up Horticultural Exhibit in one of the lots I have tweeted and written about the most, the long neglected, trash strewn empty lot at 20th & Market Streets.
Well in recent weeks the lot has been purchased by a developer and something will be built there in the near future I hope; but before that happens this summer the lot will contain the Pennsylvania Horticultural’s Pop Up Garden.
A garden is being planted, benches will be installed and there will be workshops on Wednesday and Thursdays. The workshops will range from tree caring, to container garden’s and all things that help us with our green thumbs. Now this is something to get excited about. The Grand Opening is June 13.