Neighbors Plant Flowers & Trees at Tabor & Olney Gateway

Julie Slavet
Oct 12, 2020

O & T group

By Susan Volz, Philadelphia Community Organizer

Over a dozen neighbors volunteered on a gray and dreary fall morning at the Tabor and Olney Gateway on October 2nd for our first socially-distanced planting in Tacony Creek Park. One neighbor who lives on the block came right out and joined the fun once he saw all the activity!

Together we planted over 200 native trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers including:

  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Phlox
  • Sunflowers
  • Winterberry
  • River birch
  • Redbuds

By next summer, the planting will be a vibrant, colorful home for pollinators and another welcome enhancement to the popular Tabor and Olney Gateway.

This is part of a series of improvements to this Gateway, which have included two other planting days, to the installation of a gate to deter vehicles from entering the park, to the creation of flowers along the trail by artist Jay Coreano through the LoveOurPark project.

Our thanks to the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America for the grant for this project and to Ken Kolodjiez of our Board of Advisors for his assistance in planning and implementation.

Thank you to the Tacony Creek Park Keepers for your volunteer support!!!

Enjoy the photos here. Looking for ways to show your love for Tacony Creek Park? Contact Susan at 215-744-1853 or

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