PHS Pop Up Gardens Return to South Street, Manayunk for 2022 Season

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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is bringing its pop-up gardens back to South Street and Manayunk this weekend.

The South Street garden, which opens Friday, will layer annuals and bulbs with already planted perennials and herbs. PHS runs tropical flowers and plants in the garden all summer long.

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The Manayunk Garden will open on Saturday. It will feature cool-season annuals and bulbs, as well as North American native plants. Several new trees will be planted throughout the season.

The gardens will feature four wine varieties, canned domestic and craft beers, and 10 beers on tap, including Dogfish Head, Victory, Neshaminy Creek and Half Acre. Non-alcoholic drinks include lemonade, watermelon spritz, and alcohol-free hazy IPAs.

The gardens are getting new menus. Half of the items will be plant-based so vegans and vegetarians can enjoy the pop-ups too.

On South Street, the new menu options include a caprese melt, vegan garden wrap, and vegan Impossible cheeseburger. Lighter offerings include drive-in nachos made with green-chili queso, fresh guacamole, and chips, as well as sidewinder fries.

The South Street Garden, at 1438 South St., also has a range of specialty cocktails. They contain:

Cucumber Countryside: gin, mint, agave, cucumber
Pink Peppercorn Paloma: tequila, pink grapefruit, pink peppercorn, lime
Garden Sangria: red wine, orange juice, seasonal fruit
Water ice for adults: Pink Whitney and lemon
Frozen Mojito: rum, mint, lime, butterfly pea flower

In Manayunk, the new plant-based menu options include vegan chicken fried mushroom sandwich, Primal Supply burger, and vegan crab cake sandwich. Small plates include green goddess chickpea hummus, peel and eat shrimp, baked cheese curds with cherry pepper aioli, and house-made Bavarian pretzels.

Manayunk’s pop-up garden, on Jamestown Ave. 106, has a full tiki themed bar and several new specialty cocktails. They contain:

sand dollar: whiskey, Moroccan mint tea, ginger syrup, lime
the zombierum, Don Q 151, apricot brandy, velvet falernum, grapefruit, grenadine, lime
Jamestown Fizz: dry gin, white vermouth, honey, orange blossom water, soda water
forest melon: (back from last year) Tito’s, watermelon, ginger beer and lime
Blue Hawaiian: rum, blue curacao, coconut cream, pineapple and lemon
Gritty Marg: tequila, Tang, lime, black salt
Island of Daiquiria: rum, Hawaiian punch, passion fruit, lime

Both gardens will host a variety of events, including cocktail giveaways where people can learn how to make potions using common garden ingredients. Free samples are provided.

Craft events include planting teacups, dyeing natural plants, printing leaves, and making beeswax packaging. The craft programs cost $10-$35 per person.

On the first Monday of every month in Manayunk and the first Tuesday of every month on South Street, PHS will host a plant swap, where visitors can take home a free plant and meet other community members.

Manayunk’s garden will feature a new playroom with foosball, skee-ball and other games. The venue’s sponsor, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, hosts Mother’s Day holiday events and quizzo tournaments in October.

South Street’s sponsor, Solo Real Estate, will organize the plant swap and provide visitors with free plants and seeds.

The gardens will each be open seven days a week. These are the hours:

• Monday to Wednesday, 5pm-10pm
• Thursday, 5pm-11pm
• Friday and Saturday, 12 noon to midnight
• Sunday, 11am to 9pm

In addition to the reopening of the pop-up gardens, PHS is preparing for its second outdoor flower show. “In Full Bloom” will be held June 11-19 at FDR Park in South Philadelphia. People can browse the sprawling, sprawling floral displays and see the restorative nature of gardening in real time.

PHS pop-up gardens

Opening April 1-2
Open daily | Pay according to use
Manayunk: 106 Jamestown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19127
South Street: 1438 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19146

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