Q. How can I convert an empty lot in South Philadelphia from an eyesore to a pleasant open space?
Thanks for your interest in making Philadelphia a more beautiful place! Do you know about our Garden Tenders program?
PHS Garden Tenders is a training course for those interested in starting community gardens on vacant lots, in parks, around schools and churches, or other locations. PHS Garden Tenders is open to groups, individuals, educators, and anyone interested in gardening with others.Participants gain hands-on gardening experience and learn how to establish successful, self-sustaining community gardens. Introductory topics include basic horticulture, finding a site, recruiting and keeping volunteers, assessing and finding resources in your neighborhood, planting and garden maintenance, and forming partnerships. More details on our Garden Tenders page of the website.
We also produce gardening subject guides on all kinds of topics, including one on Community Gardening.
These subject guides contain "best of" selections of books, web sites and other information sources to help you learn about a topic. The books listed in the guides are here at the PHS McLean Library. You are welcome to visit the library and, as a member or Garden Tender participant, you can borrow from our library. Hope this helps!