Beautification and Newsletter05 Aug 2014 12:24 pm

Pruning Club
Join us for the next meet up with the PSCA pruning club! Sunday August 17 at 10 am, meet at Passyunk Gardens.  We’ll be working with certified arborist Joe Schiavo on one of the blocks in our neighborhood. Our last session was a great success and we learned a lot of great tips! (Check out some photos on Facebook here)!  And save the date for our fall sessions: 9/21 and 10/5!

Tree Tenders
We encourage all tree enthusiasts to also consider taking the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Advanced Tree Tenders program as well. The series will feature eight 2-hour classes, each focused on a specific topic, on one Wednesday evening per month from September through April. Students can attend live sessions in Center City Philadelphia, view real-time webcasts of the classes, or if that timing does not work out, see the archived versions at a later time. Tuition for the entire 8-part series is $50 and includes class materials. Register at

Passyunk Gardens is still going strong!  Open hours are Thursday 10-12 and Sundays 4-6. Come by at Wharton & Passyunk and see what’s growing!

For more information on tree events, ongoing work at Passyunk Gardens, or other projects to beautify the neighborhood, email us at, or visit our web page.

Beautification and Event and Trees01 Jul 2014 07:34 pm

Potluck Time!
Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens (Passyunk and Wharton)
Come celebrate 4th of July weekend with us and feast among the tomatoes and squash. We’ll bring out the grill, make a batch of herbal iced tea (stevia really works!) and have some garlic and onions to harvest.  Bring a dish to share, bring a friend or just bring yourself!

Passyunk Gardens is open all summer, Thursdays 10-12, Sundays 4-6. So if you can’t make our potluck, stop by anytime. For more information visit our web pagefind us on Facebook, or follow on Twitter and Instagram. Or email!

Summer Pruning!
We’re pulling together plans for a series of summer tree pruning training sessions and events.  If you’re interested in working to get our neighborhood trees looking their best, email us at and we’ll keep you in the loop as we confirm dates and details.  First event is tentatively Sunday, July 13.  So pencil us in!

10th and Washington Mural Arts Community Meeting
We’re finalizing plans for a community meeting in the next few weeks to discuss a new Mural Arts Project work at 10th and Washington.  If you’re interested in attending or following the plans for this new mural email us at

Beautification and Newsletter03 Jun 2014 09:19 am

Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens (Passyunk and Wharton)

The garden is in bloom! Stop by and see what’s growing, take a few herbs or a bit of whatever is abundant, and meet some neighbors. Open hours are Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm until the end of October, and Thursdays from 10 am to noon through the end of August. Hours are subject to change and will be posted on the garden’s Facebook page. Garden workdays are the first Saturday of each month, from 11 am to 1 pm.

-Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs

Beautification03 Mar 2014 07:51 pm

We know it’s been so cold that it seems like it will never come, but spring is almost here! It’s time to get those seeds started and get the garden ready for planting. We’re always looking for more help at Passyunk Gardens so if you’re interested in getting involved email us at

You can also follow us at and twitter (@passyunkgardens) to hear about upcoming events and workshops. We hope to do a seed starting workshop sometime in March so if you’re interested in that please get in touch!

- Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Chairs

Beautification03 Mar 2014 07:50 pm

We’ll be planting just a few trees on April 26th and doing some pruning and mulching on some others. It’s always a fun day out in the neighborhood so be sure to mark your calendars and join us. More details to come in April. If you’re interested in getting a tree next fall you can download an application at or email us at

- Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Chairs

Beautification03 Feb 2014 08:11 pm

Wednesday, February 26th 6-8pm, location TBA

Join us on February 26th to meet neighborhood garden enthusiasts and talk about potential projects for Passyunk Gardens in the 2014 season. We have a couple new Master Gardeners in our group and lots of ideas for plantings, workshops and events. Bring your gardening questions and/or expertise! Newcomers and new gardeners welcome!

Check in with our Facebook page at for more information.

-Sarah Anton, Beautification Committee Chair

Beautification and Trees06 Jan 2014 08:56 pm

We know it’s the early days of official winter, but we’re already thinking about the Spring and plans to care for the trees in our neighborhood. If you are already a Tree Tender, or are interested in getting involved in our Pruning Club, let us know at and we’ll keep you posted on our upcoming activities.

If you’d like to learn more about tree care over the winter, PHS is offering two ways to become a certified Tree Tender: an 8 week “Lunch and Learn” series Jan 8- Feburary 26 or two-part regular training on Saturday Jan 25 and Feb. 1. More information and registration details are available at PSCA is offering our residents a limited number of scholarships to cover the $25 fee. For more information email us at

-Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs

Beautification and Trees21 Nov 2013 04:58 pm

Tree Planting

November 23rd from 8:45am-1pm
Capitolo Playground (9th and Federal)

Come help us plant and mulch a few trees and install tree fences at Capitolo Playground. We’ll have some coffee and snacks to get you started then discounts at Slice and Zoey for lunch.

After the tree planting, we’ll be heading over to Jackson school to help with the launch event for their new rooftop garden! (see below) RSVP to, RSVP on Facebook or just meet us at the playground.

If you’re interested in having a tree planted in front of your house, we are now encouraging you to apply through the city at We’ll be focusing future tree events mostly on tree care rather than planting so stay tuned. If you had applied for a tree through PSCA and still haven’t heard word on the status, or have any questions about the tree request process, feel free to email us at

Jackson Green Day
Andrew Jackson School, 12th and Wharton

Come celebrate the opening of Jackson’s new rooftop garden!

¡Celebremos la inauguración del nuevo jardín en la azotea!

FREE Fall Festival for Families
• Philly’s best local food trucks
• Kids’ Activities- games, crafts, face painting
• Live music, including Jackson’s own rock band, HOME!
• Great raffles, vendors and more!

Festival de otoño gratuito para familias
• Los mejores camiones loncheros de Philly
• Actividades juveniles – juegos, artesanías, pintura de caras
• Música en vivo
• ¡Rifas, vendedores y más!

RSVP on Facebook or just stop by!

-Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs

Beautification03 Sep 2013 01:11 pm

Passyunk Gardens is bursting with plants and we’re always looking for help taking care of them. Stop by Sundays from 4-6 or Wednesdays from 9:30-11 and 4:30-7 throughout the fall to let us know you’re interested or just to come in grab some herbs!  You can also email Sarah Anton at

The Garden will also be part of this year’s South Philly Food Co-op Garden Tour on September 7 from 1-5. Our Garden will be open to the public, but to check out some of the other hidden and beloved green spaces throughout South Philly you’ll need a ticket and a guide that the Co-op was put together. For tickets and more information visit

-Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs

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