PHS Pop Up Garden Hosts ‘Last Call’ on South Street

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 3:00pm - 9:00pm
1438 South Street, Philadelphia
United States

50,000 visitors showed love and support for City Harvest program

Sporting “I ♥ PHS Pop Up” buttons and T-shirts – and raising glasses in support of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society -- more than 50,000 visitors were welcomed at the 2014 PHS Pop Up Garden this summer and fall, the most popular urban oasis planted by the organization since the Pop Up program began four years ago.

The 2014 PHS Pop Up Garden, which transformed a vacant lot at 1438 South Street on a space owned by Philadelphia music legend Kenny Gamble, will host one more party on Sunday, Oct. 19, beginning at 3 p.m., to thank the many supporters, sponsors and partners that made the garden a huge success.

Residents of the South of South Street area welcomed the positive attention brought to their neighborhood, and businesses along the South Street West corridor found the garden boosted their sales, with some reporting a 30 percent increase in revenue over the summer.

The Pop Up programming included Movie Mondays, Acoustic (music) Tuesdays, Quizzo nights, happy hours, fitness programs, volunteer appreciation parties, private events, and many other celebrations. Authentic island dishes were offered by the Jamaican Jerk Hut, the Pop Up’s next-door neighbor, and a rotating menu of 10 gourmet food trucks pulled into the garden throughout the week.

A selection of beers and seasonal cocktails were served each night at the Pop Up bar.
The 2014 garden had a tropical resort flair and included an allée of zelkova trees transplanted from the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, hammocks, palm trees, and glittering lights that made South Street West feel like South Beach.
Partners for the 2014 PHS Pop Up were Universal Companies, MJ Settelen Construction, All Seasons Landscaping, Cherry Blossom Landscaping, LLC, Coastal Source, EP Henry, Groundswell Design Group, IBEW Local 98, IKEA, J. Downend Landscaping, Jamaican Jerk Hut, James Rogan Landscaping, John Haye Landscaping, Mole Street, and Peirce College. The bar was operated by the people behind Time, Vintage Wine Bar, Bar, and Garage.

Proceeds from the Pop Up Garden support the PHS City Harvest program, which creates green jobs and brings together a network of community gardeners who raise fresh, healthy food for more than 1,200 families in need each week.

Follow the plans for the 2015 Pop Up Garden at #PopUpGarden or #BuildBeauty.