Now Open: PHS Pop Up Garden Explores the Philadelphia Rail Park

1/5: An overhead view of the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
2/5: A view of the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park with the Reading Viaduct to left. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
3/5: The PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
4/5: Welcome and Hours sign at the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
5/5: The alternating current arches that grace much of the Reading Viaduct. Photo by Liz Maillie.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) ongoing project, Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, is now welcoming visitors to experience the transformation of the Viaduct Rail Park at 10th and Hamilton Streets.

Designed by renowned landscape architect Walter Hood, the garden features imaginative public installations and creative community interventions that introduce audiences to the three-mile rail park’s emerging ecology and cultural history. These include a sound installation created by artist Abby Sohn, archival images provided by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and walking tours that explore the park’s native plant life and rich architectural heritage.

The pop up garden, open through September 30, has received extensive press coverage in recent weeks. In an interview with WHYY, PHS president Matt Rader explained, “PHS pop ups really exist to help people see how horticulture can change the urban environment and create a unique sense of place.”

Noting the project’s interdisciplinary nature, Al Día praised the garden as “a rare combination of historic preservation, contemporary planning, and green advocacy.”

Read more about the PHS Pop Up Garden in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal, and PhillyVoice.


Garden Hours
Monday-Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Thursday: 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 2:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00-10:00 p.m.


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