Uncategorized16 Apr 2013 03:33 pm

Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens was created in 2011 for a taping of the Rachael Ray Show, with space generously donated by Maria Olivieri in honor of her father Harry “The Boss” Michael Olivieri. The mural was created by Delancey Berzin, and many others artists listed on the wall that touches E. Passyunk.

The garden continues as a volunteer-run space administered by Passyunk Square Civic Association with plants and supplies provided by Camden Children’s Garden. We share what we grow with the neighborhood and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the garden.

For 2015, open hours are Sundays from 4-6 and some weekday mornings – check Facebook for more details.

You can sign up for our announcement mailing list to receive occasional updated about special events and open hours. If you’d like to get more involved, you can join our google group to be part of ongoing planning and work days.  We also encourage you to join our Facebook page.

Our current planting layout is available here (updated Spring 2015.)

For questions or requests to use the space email beautification@passyunk.org.

Mission Statement:

Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens seeks to provide an inclusive green space in the heart of South Philly where neighbors and visitors can participate in urban gardening and create a community-oriented environment.  A volunteer run garden, participants share in caring for plants and community space, demonstrating the positivity that comes from collaboration.

Garden Rules:

To get involved, please email beautification@passyunk.org and one of the volunteers will get you up to speed on what’s happening and how you can help. Throughout the growing season, tasks are divided among volunteers. Basic chores such as watering, turning the compost, weeding, harvesting, and cleaning are necessary to keep the garden producing well and looking good. Everyone who joins our working group will need to sign a waiver. Ask a current volunteer to help take care of this.

If you see any signs of disease or insect infestation, email beautification@passyunk.org right away and a volunteer expert will troubleshoot the issue.


Please do not over water! Soaking the beds can have as damaging of effects as a drought. Water at the roots.


Turn the compost once a week. This means bringing up what’s on the bottom and rotating it to the top.


Pull any weeds from the garden beds and compost them.


Since we are a volunteer organization without a hierarchy, when vegetables need to be harvested please take as much as is suitable for your household and, for items with a limited supply, is roughly based on how much you have worked in the garden. Share the wealth! Please be reasonable when you harvest!

Please be careful when harvesting not to pull out whole plants unless you are sure that is the only way to harvest.  If you are unsure how to harvest, ask another volunteer.


Do not add new plants or move existing plants before consulting with fellow garden volunteers.

Leaving the Garden:

Return garden tools, gloves, hoses, etc to their proper homes.

Please keep the garden clean. No alcoholic beverages.

If you are a volunteer with keys, please lock the front gate and storage shed when departing the garden.


2 Responses to “Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens”

  1. […] Passyunk Gardens Sunday open hours have finished for the season and we’ll be having our last work day on Saturday, November 7 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  There’s still a lot to harvest for our donation partners – The Doe Fund and United Communities – and crops to be planted to overwinter, so we can always use more help! If you’re interested in getting involved or want to help plan for next year, email us at beautification@passyunk.org, or learn more about the garden on our website. […]

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