Community Gardens of West Philly Tour

Amy Laura Cahn will lead a tour of West Philadelphia gardens on June 18, 2016. Registration is free.

Information comes from Hidden City Philadelphia:

Community Gardens of West Philly

JUNE 18 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost: Free! Please CLICK HERE to register

Philadelphia boasts several hundred community gardens, and each of them has a story to tell. Some have been tended to for more than 40 years while others are recent additions to a neighborhood, but only a few are preserved as permanent growing spaces for future generations of gardeners. This free, approximately two mile walking tour will be in held in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Community Gardens Day, a citywide celebration organized by the Neighborhood Gardens Trust. Here’s what we’ve got on tap.

• Farm51 (5103 Chester Avenue) is a small-scale educational urban farm and market. Part production site, part neighborhood hangout, Farm51 is a homey blend of animal, people, and plants.

• St. Bernard Community Garden (1008-1010 St. Bernard Street) Tucked away next to the regional rail line, this vacant lot was transformed into a vibrant green space in the late 1980s. The St. Bernard Gardeners have fought hard for its preservation.

• Chester Avenue Community Garden (4700 block of Chester Ave) Hidden behind a screen of trees, this secret garden grows bountiful flowers and vegetables.

• Warrington Community Garden (4731 Warrington)Take an herbal tour and sip mint tea at one of West Philly’s largest and oldest gardens, started in 1973.

• The Woodlands (4000 Woodland Ave.) Designated as a National Historic Landmark District, the Woodlands’ 54-acre property hosts a community garden complete with raised beds, beehives, and a rain garden. It is also graced by the Grave Gardeners a new group of volunteers who tend cradle graves, originally designed to be planters in the Victorian era.

This free tour will be led by Amy Laura Cahn, Director of the Garden Justice Legal Initiative of the Public Interest Law Center.