The PHS Fall Festival on Saturday, September 20, at The Navy Yard will offer new attractions, including shopping at the popular Franklin Flea and toasting the start of autumn in the beer garden. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and sponsored by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, this family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Navy Yard parade grounds on Broad Street, and is the perfect time to become a member of the region’s leading organization for building beauty and community through horticulture.
PHS members and anyone who joins the PHS family at the festival will be entitled to discounts throughout the event, including free plants at the Plant Dividend tent. Additional member benefits include tickets to the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Lights, Camera, Bloom.”
The beer garden will be open on Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will serve beer from Yards Brewing Company.
For the first time, the festival will include Franklin Flea, a curated, upscale collection of more than 50 vendors selling vintage furnishings, upcycled objects, handmade items, and gourmet food.
The PHS City Harvest Market will offer a wide variety of fresh produce from local gardens. Young ones will be kept busy at the PHS Kids Zone, a space filled with a variety of races, crafts, and activities to entertain and engage children.
The Fall Festival Marketplace will feature plants, tools, garden accessories, home décor, craft items and keepsakes from the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. Visitors can also stop by the PHS Store for an assortment of exceptional plants and products from PHS Meadowbrook Farm in Abington Township. Choose from a colorful selection of vegetables, flowers, and plants for fall.
Gardeners can show off their own prized produce in the Fall Festival’s harvest-time contests. They can compete in “Garden Giants,” a showcase for beautiful, large tomatoes, squash, and other veggies. Or they can create a stunning arrangement of seasonal flowers, vegetables, fruit, and herbs for the “Garden Bounty” contest. For information on entering these two contests, contact Betty Greene at 215.988.8826 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Judging for Garden Bounty will be at 11 a.m., and judging of Garden Giants will be at noon.
The PHS Fall Festival is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Acme, Cape May Tourism, Gold Key Resorts, Green Mountain Energy, LeafFilter, Linvilla Orchards, Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing, New York Times, Power Home Remodeling, RainSoft, Renewal by Andersen, and Yards Brewing Company.
For more information on the PHS Fall Festival, visit www.phsonline.org.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening and learning. With more than 64,000 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. Proceeds from the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and donations from foundations, corporations, government and individuals support PHS programs, including Plant One Million and PHS City Harvest. For information, visit PHSonline.org.