PHS Pop Up Garden Tours

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The alternating current arches that grace much of the Reading Viaduct. Photo by Liz Maillie.

In conjunction with the ongoing project, Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) holds walking tours of the Viaduct neighborhood.

Viaduct Neighborhood Walking Tours
Led by ecologist Scott Quitel, founder of the LandHealth Institute, each two-hour tour will focus on urban ecology and the power of nature in the city.

These events are offered every other Wednesday, from June 15-September 21, 6 to 8 p.m. Register for a free walking tour here. See a full calendar of the Viaduct Neighborhood Walking Tours.>>

Friends of the Rail Park Walking Tours
Following along elevated and submerged section of the Rail Park, tour leaders investigate the history of the area and visions for its future. Each two-hour walking tour begins at 21st and Pennsylvania Avenue and concludes at the PHS Pop Up Garden at 10th and Hamilton Streets.

These events are offered every other Saturday, from June 25-August 13, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. A $25 donation is suggested for each walking tour, please register for a tour here. See a full calendar of Friends of the Rail Park tours.>>

The PHS Pop Up Garden is a series of imaginative public installations and creative community interventions by local artists and historians that introduce audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile Philadelphia Rail Park.


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