The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) will open another of its pop-up gardens next week across from the Kimmel Center on Broad Street. This year’s garden is a collaborative effort, with input from University of the Arts, Avram Hornik of Four Corners Management, and the landscape design firm Groundswell Design Group, which won an award for its work on Morgan’s Pier. The above rendering is its proposed design for the new the PHS pop-up garden.
The temporary garden will function as an outdoor cafe with craft beer, sangria and food by chef George Sabatino, who’s also in charge of the food at Morgan’s Pier (which opens next week just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge).
PHS uses its pop-up gardens to educate Philadelphia residents about its projects, including City Harvest, which provides fresh food from the city’s community gardens to 1,000 families in need every week. It also makes use of vacant space–last year, the pop-up was in the empty lot on Rittenhouse Square where the old Eric Twin movie theater used to be.
The pop-up gardens are also a way for PHS to reuse the elaborate props built for the Philadelphia Flower Show. We’re assuming the new garden’s sculptural wall made out of old shipping pallets and the vintage metal rocking chairs came from the Flower Show originally. We’re not sure what plants to expect except a row of locust trees large enough to provide shade while you sip your sangria.