Philadelphia boasts several hundred community gardens. Some of these special places are hidden green oases amid tight rowhomes, or on historic sites, or reclaimed vacant lots. Some community gardens have been tended to for over 50 years while others are recent additions to a neighborhood. But only a few are preserved as permanent greenspaces or for future generations of gardeners. This tour will be in held in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Community Gardens Day, a day-long celebration organized by the Philadelphia land trust Neighborhood Gardens Trust.
Join NGT and Hidden City on this bike tour, which will start in West Philadelphia at Aspen Farms, a large garden home to several generations of gardeners, and travel south to the very popular Warrington Community Garden. Cross the South Street Bridge to stop at one of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Gardens. Then on to Bel Arbor Community Garden, a hidden oasis near the 18th century Moyamensing Botanic Garden, owned by Alexander Parker, a contemporary of John Bartram.” And end at Growing Home gardens, a group of gardens in South Philly that are home to a diverse group of new neighbors from different countries growing an impressive range of fruits and vegetables. Short history lessons will be shared and light refreshments will be served at various stops.
This free tour will be led by Peter Williamson, landscape architect, backyard gardener, NGT board member and Vice President of Conservation at the Natural Lands Trust.