Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

1 Dec 2016


The Summer Winter Community Garden at 32nd and Summer Streets in Philadelphia, a community garden supported through Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). Photo courtesy of PHS.


An overhead view of the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.


The PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.


A view looking southeast in the PHS Pop Up Garden at 20th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, created by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2011. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.


Abby Sohn’s Auditus Natura Terminale. Photo by Rob Cardillo, courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.


A candid view of the Reading Viaduct at dusk, set in silhouette against a violet sky, the interplay of heavy rail infrastructure and the Rail Park's feral garden is beautifully captured here. Photo by Dan King.

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.