Upcoming Workshop: Capitolo Playground

August 18, 2012 Capitolo Playground  “Right Plant Right Place”     Lori Hayes

11am – 12pm                                      Right Plant Right Place

                                    900 Federal Street Philadelphia, PA 19147


Hope to see you all there.


The Highline

Hello GM2012, I hope all is well in your respective parks. I just wanted to say a few things and share one of my many great experiences in New york for the Greater Greener Conference that i attended.

First I am happy to report that all of our GM2012 parks have succesfully completed Phase two of our 4 part design project.

Congratulations everyone, we are just about half of the way through and september is right around the corner. We are very excited to get to worrk in your gardens.

Secondly, I wanted to share with you all one of my tours during my trip to New York. So as you all may know there is a beautiful and histroic public landscape that hyas recently opened in New York. This landscape is called The Highline. The Highline is a restored railway thattravels from 12th st to about 29th st in New Yorks Manhattan section. If you havent had the opportunity to visit i recommend that you do but for now  i will bring The Highline to you.

The Highline was restored to its current beauty about 3 years ago and it is amazing. The one thing that instantly grabbed my attention was that The Highline is essentially run by a friends group. The friends group or Friends of The Highline is a 501c3 community organization that commisioned the city of New York to not destroy this historic rail way but instead make it a public green space and what a public green space it is.

The friends of the Highline spoke with me and informed me that they commision art work every year from local artist and hide/place the artwork throughout the garden. This is exciting because it sort of gives one a reason to return every year to see the new art work and not to mention just relax in a beautiful place.

Once i heard that the art work was placed in 6 locations on the Highline i was determined to find them all. Sort of like an easter egg hunt and it was a blast. here are the art pieces.

This particular piece is 1 of 3 pieces that embodies the artist love of animals and food. here is 2 and 3.

It was very exciting walking around looking in the bushes and under benches to find them all.


This little guy that i have named Zack was one of my favorites because he was not hidden or he was hidden in plain sight. He embodies pure hipster on a very hip public landscape.

I will add the last image and a final view of the highline on another post as i have run out of space.

Hope you all enjoy


Workday at Settlement House Garden

We had a terrific workday this past Saturday laying a fresh path through the park (rain and all). In a small miracle of community gardening, we had 17 volunteers come out. [mostly just because we had promised hamburgers and hot dogs] Check out this little video of the day.


Mifflin Square Workshop Update

Hello Park groups, I have confirmed the information for the Mifflin Square “Gardening in Small Places with Herbs” by Doris Stahl

The workshop will be on Thursday Septemeber 13 at Mifflin Square Park (Dependig on wather we may move indoors(TBD))

5:30 – 6pm = food. mingle.

6pm – 7:30 Workshop

For more information please contact and RSVP with Earl Joseph at ejoseph@pennhort.org


Thank you and see you there

Engaging Volunteers!


Starr Garden had our bi-weekly gardening last night, with only two volunteers!   Despite the small (and usual turnout!) We were able to accomplish so much in two short hours!!  I’ll be sure to post some before and after shots once I get the forsythia hedges pruned!

My question to all you other Green Machine Parks, I am curious to know your methodology (if any!) for finding and engaging volunteers!  We seem to have the same handful (literally 5) who really contribute to the gardening aspect.  Not sure if this is par for the course or I’m crazy to expect a good 15-20 people!  So far, besides publicizing our gardening meet-ups as good exercise, social time with neighbors, beautification of the park, education in gardening, etc…we provide free water ice vouchers.   Does anyone else have any good tips?   

Mifflin Square Workshop

Hello 2012 Park groups The workshop scheduled for June 30th 2012 at Mifflin Square has been rescheduled for September. Once i confirm the date and time i will provide it for all of  you. The workshop on July 14th at Pennypack is still shceduled.

July 14, 2012      Pennypack Park         “Weed ID” Michael Lofurno

                                    10am – 11:30am

Address (That park entrance is the 3000 block of Rhawn Street OR at the intersection of Rhawn St and Winchester Ave)

See you all there.

Chanticleer with the 2012 Green Machine Groups

On Sunday June 10, 2012 Green machine hosted a field trip to Chanticleer in an effort to provide our

park groups with a little inspiration for the future plantings.

We were joined by Pennypack Park, Clark Park, Lutheran Settlement House, and Starr Garden. Inspiration was what we sought and inspiration was definetly what we attained.

Chanticleer was created for people with a desire to quite the soul. from the moment you enter through the gates you will be blown away by the garden designs. There are numerouse places to just sit and relax.

People come from far and wide to paint scenes right out of the garden.

With all of this inspiration we can hardly wait to get to work in our GM2012 gardens.