Now in its third year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Garden initiative transforms pockets of urban blight into beautiful landscaped community spaces.
Opening today, the third PHS Pop Up Garden blooms on South Broad Street just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of the Arts at the University’s Dorrance Hamilton Hall on 320 S. Broad Street, as well as a UArts-owned lot across the street at 313 S. Broad Street.
The same lot that housed flying-trapeze artists during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will be home to a verdant landscaped garden and pop-up beer garden and restaurant for the next five months.
At the garden’s entrance, visitors are welcomed with lush landscaping including shade trees, a lawn and plenty of flowers, as well as a smokehouse structure that was on exhibit during the 2013 Flower Show.
Wander down the garden path to the rear of lot, and find a mobile beer garden and restaurant, set to open May 29.
Snack from a menu of savory sandwiches, locally sourced grab-and-go options and more.
Alongside the picnic-appropriate menu, garden goers can also order from a menu of root beer, sangria and local craft beer from Philly favorites Victory Brewing Company, Yards Brewing Company and Philadelphia Brewing Company.
After May 29, food and beverages will be sold from retrofitted shipping containers Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-10 p.m.
With the garden’s proximity to the University of the Arts, expect impromptu performances and exhibitions of music, dance, theater, sculpture, photography and other visual arts by both undergrad and graduate students.
The pop-up garden opens today, but return on Wednesday, May 29 at 11:30 a.m. for a celebration to mark the grand opening of both the green garden and the beer garden.
The garden will be dismantled in mid-October, but will return next summer in a new location.
PHS Pop Up Garden
When: PHS hours, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Beer Garden, Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 1-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-10 p.m.
Where: 313 S. Broad Street
More info: www.phsonline.org