The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is a nonprofit membership organization, founded in 1827, that connects people to horticulture to create beautiful, healthy, sustainable communities. PHS offers programs and events for gardeners of all levels, and works with volunteers, organizations, agencies, and businesses to create and maintain vibrant green spaces. The organization’s Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event and was named the top event in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association. With a 2015 Center grant, PHS presented Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, an array of imaginative public installations and creative community interventions that introduced audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile park. In 2017, PHS received Center support for Farm for the City: Growing for Greater Good, a temporary “farm-as-art installation” that transformed center city Philadelphia’s Thomas Paine Plaza into a civic commons for conversations about urban agriculture, food access, and community revitalization. In 2020, PHS received a Center Project grant for sTREEt Work, a large-scale sculptural work and a series of public interactions that will raise awareness of how trees can combat the effects of climate change in urban communities.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) presented Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, a series of imaginative public installations and creative community programs led by local artists and historians that introduced audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile Philadelphia Rail Park. Utilizing archival research and community feedback gathered during a series of interpretive programs, local artists, designers, and historians created public installations inspired by the Reading Viaduct. These included Auditus Natura Terminale, a new ephemeral sound work by research-based artist Abby Sohn. The project culminated in a summer 2016 installment of PHS' popular Pop Up Garden, inspired by the rail park's native plant life and rich architectural heritage, while also considering its future.
*Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.*