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The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society is More Than Just Flowers

2010 Philadelphia Flower Show (photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Philly Homegrown intern Liz Shovlin is at it again, searching out information about a popular local organization and reminding us of their tie to local food scene. Thanks Liz!

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is headquartered in Philadelphia, and boasts an extensive list of horticultural resources, ranging from books to gardening experts. Philadelphia Green is a part of PHS’s green initiative to improve environmental, social, and economic conditions of the city. In keeping with its mission of “motivating people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture” PHS created the City Harvest program, a program of Philadelphia Green, which gives thousands of residents in Philadelphia and the surrounding regions access to fresh, wholesome produce. Boasting 42 community garden partners, the City Harvest program fights hunger, as it reaches 1000 families each week offering fresh, local produce.

In addition to the famous Philadelphia Flower Show, PHS hosts many other gardening events, aids community growers, and offers horticultural support to farmers and gardeners alike. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society offers hundreds of events to the public, and is an inspirational resource that encourages the growth of our bountiful region.