PHS Pop-Up Garden Brings in 50,000 Visitors


This Old City looks at the economic impact of this season’s pop-up garden by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. More than 52,000 people visited the beer garden on the 1400 block of South Street. That was more than twice the number of people who attended the Broad Street location in 2013. And the visitors didn’t just benefit PHS. This Old City reports that it benefited other businesses in the area, including those that already had liquor licenses, like Bob & Barbara’sBob Dix, the manager of the bar said:

It felt like we were looking at the future of the neighborhood. Middle of the summer, people didn’t have to go down to beach. It was like a mini-vacation. It jumpstarted a lot of new connections in the neighborhood, including for Bob & Barbara’s

Check out the whole article for more.

Economic Impact: The PHS pop-up brought more than 50,000 people to South Street West [This Old City]

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It’s Becoming a Beer Garden City

Garden Variety Beer Garden

Garden Variety Beer Garden

It doesn’t take much to realize that Philly loves its beer gardens. From Fishtown to the Art Museum, beer gardens are popping up everywhere. And Joe Sixpack took notice; today he wrote an article on the phenomena. “Beer gardens are suddenly so popular, the city’s tourism marketing agency is promoting a series of visits on Friday afternoons this summer.”

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Visit Philly Kicks Off Beer Garden Series

Phillyosophy_Beer_Morgansv1000-680uwVisit Philadelphia is kicking off a summer beer garden happy hour series. The twelve week series will feature six beer gardens on Friday afternoons. Each pop-up happy hour will include specials on food and local craft beer, as well as games led by the Visit Philly team.

It all starts at 4 p.m. at Morgan’s Pier. Check out the full schedule on UWISHUNU.

Announcing The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series [UWISHUNU]

Groundswell Design Group Is Making Philly More Swell


David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group has become one of our favorite people. He and his company were behind the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden from last summer that we just can’t stop praising. His company is also responsible for the landscape architecture at Morgan’s Pier, Talula’s Garden and the Waterfront Winterfest.

An impressive list but that’s nothing compared to the projects they have planned.

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Broad Street Pop Up Garden Returns This Weekend

phs-pop-up-garden-winterThe Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden on Broad Street is coming back this weekend.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is trying to cut through all this snow with a return of its super-successful Pop Up Garden. From Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th, the garden will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be heated tents to make the weather bearable and Yards Brewing Company beers will pour. And check out the bright trees from Brian Hoffman Design.

The return of the pop-up garden is part of PHS’s Flower Bomb events. All part of the run-up towards the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Property’s Philebrity Awards Picks


Each year the website Philebrity solicits votes for its annual awards, which include categories ranging from General Fabulousness to Non-Profit of the Year. This year there are several contenders who speak to Property’s mission. They are people and organizations who make significant, consistent contributions to the discourse around Philadelphia’s built environment, who promote design and architecture, who advocate to make the city a better place to live, who educate its residents. We can’t speak to Phoodie of the Year, but we chose our winners in categories we feel are relevant.

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The Bar That Didn’t Make the List

PHS Pop-Up Garden | Photo by Karl Shouler

PHS Pop-Up Garden | Photo by Karl Shouler

When we compiled the list of Philly’s Best Bars there was one bar that we couldn’t count. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s pop-up beer garden received enough votes to place on the list and to come in rather high. Not bad at all for a pop-up garden that only was open for five months. But we couldn’t include a closed bar on a list highlighting the best Philadelphia has to offer. However, the PHS’s Pop-up Beer Garden was the hit of the summer (and fall) and deserves a special mention.

It was the go-to spot for al fresco drinking all summer. A wonderful place to meet friends or find new ones. The Kimmel Center and a setting sun presented a wonderful vista. Locals hears swelled with pride. Visitors were sold on Philadelphia after one look around. It was at once an urban respite and an energy filled lot of what can be. It forced the question, how can this location right on Broad Street, across from the Kimmel Center be allowed to have remained empty for so long? It’s a question that resonates today on South Broad and now across the city. For what the PHS’s garden really did, was open our eyes to what can be.

Here’s what a panelist had to say »

Last Call for the Broad Street Pop-Up Garden


Photo by Jinnykk

It sucks that the last day of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Garden is this rainy Friday. But tonight at 5:30 p.m. will indeed be the last call at the at 313 S Broad Street. PHS chief of staff Nancy Goldenberg and University of Arts president Sean Buffington will make remarks and project some of the 1,00 images guests posted to social media over the past five months onto the garden wall.

The amazing garden has been visited by more than 28,000 guests who undoubtedly felt similar to Craig LaBan who wrote, “the sensation of stumbling upon an unexpected urban oasis is almost magical.”

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