Today’s meeting was held at Face-To-Face Germantown, a charitable organization that was described to us several weeks ago at a club meeting. The club made a donation to the organization today.
Presentation by Glen Abrams, Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS)
The single biggest project of PHS is the annual flower show, which has been running since 1829. The 2019 show is scheduled for March 2-10, and is entitled “Flower Power ”.
Glen reviewed a number of the programs that PHS is involved in outside of the flower show:
The greenhouse in Meadowbrook
City Harvest – working with prisoners to provide jobs for returning citizens
Neighborhood Gardens Trust – local gardens
Tree Tenders – training for the care of trees. 2000 trees planted annually
Treevitalize watersheds – work with local districts to reforest along streams
Philadelphia land care – clean and maintain 12,000 vacant lots – work with local residents and businesses Neighborhood parks – improve local sites
Maintain public landscapes – for example, around Rodin Museum, Navy Yard
Horticultural education schools
Rain check – residential stormwater management
PHS, founded in 1827, has 21,000 member households and 5000 volunteers. It has a budget of $27.5 million.