The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show is brimming with orchids, palm trees, lettuces, and a towering waterfall! A walk around the floor reveals extravagant exhibits sponsored by a variety of organizations, as well as do-it-yourself tips for those interested in vegetable or flower gardening.
Julie Slavet and Steph Clymer enjoy “Green City, Clean Waters,” an exhibit hosted by the Philadelphia Water Department and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
In the Gardener’s Studio, speakers present fascinating topics almost every hour. Topics range from building green roofs to foraging for wild food. On Tuesday, March 6, TTF’s Executive Director, Julie Slavet, introduced Rod Ritchie and Julie Hendrickson from AKRF, one of our partners on the Vernon Park rain garden installation. Their presentation, titled “What You Can Learn from the Vernon Park Rain Garden for Your Home and Community,” covered the basic structure of a rain garden, how to choose a site to build your own, and which plants to use.
Julie Slavet from TTF, with Julie Hendrickson and Rod Ritchie from our partner organization, AKRF, at the Gardener’s Studio. Audience members enjoyed “What You Can Learn from the Vernon Park Rain Garden for Your Home and Community.”
TTF spearheaded the Vernon Park rain garden installation in collaboration with a coalition of organizations from Germantown and across the Philadelphia region. This collaborative work has inspired a renewal of interest and involvement in the Vernon Park, leading Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to choose Vernon Park as a signature site for the fall 2011 LOVE Your Park program. The Vernon Park rain garden installation was possible with the support of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Water Department, the Fairmount Parks Conservancy, the Friends of Vernon Park, and the rest of our partners.
Volunteers plant native flowers in the rain garden installation at Vernon Park