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Queen Village: Tree Tenders Put Down Roots In The Community

Queen Village: Tree Tenders Put Down Roots In The Community

A group of volunteers in Queen Village known as the Tree Tenders came together on Nov. 19 for their bi-annual tree planting. They devoted their Saturday morning to improving the quality of life in the neighborhood. Volunteers were dispersed in groups of four throughout the community, as well as across other sections of the city. […]

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South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

At first glance, it looks like a weed. Chin Baung, a slender, leafy plant with a sour taste, isn’t native to South Philadelphia. But come spring, Chin Baung thrives in three small gardens near 8th and Emily streets. The plots where it grows belong to Growing Home Gardens, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower […]

 

Poverty Beat: Making the Grass Greener for Returning Citizens

Poverty Beat: Making the Grass Greener for Returning Citizens

As the prison population in the United States has more than quintupled since the 1970s, re-entry to society has become nearly impossible for returning citizens. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the US holds 25 percent of the world’s prison population. About 65 million Americans possess a criminal record that not only limits tangible […]

 

Point Breeze: The Greening of a Neighborhood

Point Breeze homes don’t typically come with yards. An unbroken line of rowhouse after rowhouse is the dominant motif for several blocks on end, going up and down the compact neighborhood wedged just south of Center City between Washington Avenue and Moore Streets. Still, the neighborhood boasts plenty of green. “The philosophy is everything that […]

 By Dominique T. Johnson and Alexis Sachdev

Olney: Tending To Community

Olney: Tending To Community

Tree Tenders is a city-wide program in Philadelphia developed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The primary mission of the program is to encourage people to volunteer and plant trees in their neighborhood. John Dobbs, coordinator for the Olney Tree Tenders, had always been a lover of trees and when first hearing about the Tree Tenders, […]

 

Powelton Village: City Harvest, Summer Winter Garden Give Back

Powelton Village: City Harvest, Summer Winter Garden Give Back

[vimeo 69130357] The City Harvest Program, founded by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, provides fresh produce to residents in need. The program, which is in its seventh year, was started by local gardeners who wanted to share the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor. Over the past seven years, PHS estimates that they have grown […]

 By Diana Cooper and Colin Lindsley

Kensington: Emerald Street Park Receives Grant

Kensington: Emerald Street Park Receives Grant

When the Emerald Street Park received a grant earlier this month from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the emphasis was put more on its value than the actual dollar amount. “The project’s worth is not something you can put a price tag on because it’s about education and influence in a community,” Tammy Leigh DeMent, program […]

 By Ellen Parkins and Cory Popp

Carroll Park: The Neighbors Take Charge

Carroll Park: The Neighbors Take Charge

Formed in 1997, the Carroll Park Neighbors has many roles in the maintenance and programming of the park. “We keep the flower beds cleaned, we trim the hedges, sweeping, we keep the walkways clean,” said Betty Chance, Carroll Park Neighbors volunteer. The Carroll Park Neighbors do much more then just clean. The group influences the […]

 By Richard Kauffman and Viannie Bell

Port Richmond: Planters Made Community Green Despite Gray Weather

Port Richmond: Planters Made Community Green Despite Gray Weather

[vimeo 40894978 width=575 height=450] The miserable wet and cold did all it could to dampen the spirits of the Philly Tree Tenders as they attempted last weekend to spread green around Port Richmond. The spreading of cheerful green on Earth Day was not easy, but despite the elements the task at hand was taken and completed. […]

 By Stephen M. Rose

Kensington: Beautifying the Neighborhood One Tree at a Time

Kensington: Beautifying the Neighborhood One Tree at a Time

It was an infinite love for trees that created the Kensington based group, Philly Tree People. Three like-minded women, Jacelyn Blank, Dina Richman and Nykia Perez were attending a Tree Tenders workshop through the Philadelphia Horticultural Society when they met and discovered that all three of them lived in the same neighborhood and had the […]