Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

1/5: An overhead view of the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
2/5: The PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Photo by Rob Cardillo.
3/5: Abby Sohn’s Auditus Natura Terminale. Photo by Rob Cardillo, courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
4/5: A candid view of the Reading Viaduct at dusk, set in silhouette against a violet sky, the interplay of heavy rail infrastructure and the Rail Park’s feral garden is beautifully captured here. Photo by Dan King.
5/5: Abby Sohn’s Auditus Natura Terminale. Photo by Rob Cardillo, courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening, and learning. With 75,000 members nationwide, PHS offers programs and events for gardeners of all levels, and works with volunteers, organizations, agencies, and businesses to create and maintain vibrant green spaces. PHS’ Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running flower show and was named the top event in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association. Proceeds from the show help to support PHS programs, including Plant One Million and PHS City Harvest. In 2015, PHS received a Center grant to present Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, an array of imaginative public installations and creative community interventions by local artists and historians that introduces audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile park.

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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