Groundswell Design Group Is Making Philly More Swell

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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

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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.

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Last Call for the Broad Street Pop-Up Garden

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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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Go Here Now: PHS Pop-Up Garden on Broad Street

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After hemming and hawing on where to head after happy hour last Friday night a friend suggested checking out the new Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Pop Up Garden on Broad Street, across from the Kimmel Center. The garden offers food from Jose Garces’ catering division (the food is not by Morgan’s Pier’s George Sabatino as previously announced) as well as local craft beers, frozen margaritas and local root beer.

The design of the space will feel a bit familiar, as the design has been completed by Groundswell Design Group, the team behind Morgan’s Pier and the outdoor area at Talula’s Garden. Picnic tables dot the area as does as a terraced area that is great for people watching. On a mild summer night, the space takes on a magical feel, illuminated by twinkling market lights.

The Garces Group is manning the food stand, offering a picnic menu of hot sandwiches like, chipotle short rib with horseradish creme fraiche, veggie sandwich with grilled zucchini, tomato conserva, basil pesto and arugula; and a South Philly dog with caramelized onions and cheese on a potato roll. Lighter bites like summer melon, Philly pretzel bites, chorizo Bilboa and pie-in-a-jar desserts are also available.

The beer garden offers local craft beer and cider including Yards Philly Pale, Victory Summer Love and Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Commonwealth Cider. Yards root beer is available as a non-alcoholic option, or spike it with one of several flavored vodka selections.

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