Last weekend, TTF received a Community Greening Award from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for our riparian buffer and outdoor classroom at Glenside Elementary School. The project, a 10,000 square foot riparian buffer along the main stem of the Tookany Creek behind Glenside Elementary School, was initiated by Glenside 4th grade teacher Linda Jephson and developed in partnership with Glenside Elementary School, Glenside Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Cheltenham School District, the Cheltenham Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), and NAM Planning and Design, LLC, and funded by grants from TreeVitalize and the Royal Bank of Canada.
In the next phase of this project, we will install permanent educational signage and create outdoor classroom seating with safe, gated access to the creek so that students across the district can participate in hands-on environmental education.
The Community Greening Award, a collaboration of PHS and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, recognizes individuals, garden clubs, civic associations, businesses, municipalities and community groups who have created and maintained public green spaces that enhance their communities.
Several entries this year included innovative ways to capture storm water run off such as rain gardens. Nominations included train stations, public parks, Main Street planters, church gardens, and landscapes around municipal buildings and museums. Spaces were judged on a host of criteria, including variety of plant material, maintenance, design, visual appeal, and use of space. Though these landscapes were not competing against each other, it was the task of the committee to determine which plantings deserved PHS recognition.
For a full list of winners, please visit the PHS website.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, PHS is a non-profit membership organization with more than 16,000 members spanning 48 states. PHS is the producer of the world-class Philadelphia International Flower Show, which will celebrate “Passport to the World” Feb. 28- March 7, 2010. Philadelphia Green works in partnership with agencies, corporations and community groups to transform derelict vacant land, streets and parks into vibrant, stabilized and well-managed open spaces. These efforts contribute to the quality of life throughout Philadelphia, serve as economic stimulus for communities, and provide a model for similar efforts nationwide.