Garden Museum: Learning from Philadelphia

On the evening of Monday 20 May we will welcome Matt Rader, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, to tell us how their annual spring show, begun in 1829 by gentleman farmers, drove the re-greening a city. In the 1970s, the Society decided to invest proceeds from the show into the city on the doorstep at a period of industrial decline and social change.

Matt will show us how since then the Society has turned more than 12,000 vacant lots into green spaces and community gardens, planted over half a million trees, created jobs for ex-offenders, and engaged community organisations – from churches to drug rehabilitation programmes – all fueled by proceeds of an annual floral extravaganza and generous public and private support.

Monday 20 May 2019 | 6pm
£10 Standard, £5 Friends, Students and Under 30s Free

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