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Garden Tour Countdown: Back in the Saddle

The third annual South Philly Garden Tour, a self-guided exploration of the green spaces hidden in South Philly’s concrete jungle, is just around the corner. As we count down to the big day, your friendly neighborhood co-op blog team is here to remind you of all the most crucial reasons why you should join us on Saturday, September 7, from 1 to 5 p.m., for our biggest fundraiser of the year. 

boot-n-saddle_300pxNext Up: Thanks to our big, Broad Street-level sponsor, Boot And Saddle

There have been a number of very generous local businesses who have stepped up to help make the South Philly Garden Tour a reality. At the top of that list is an opening-soon venue we're pretty darned excited about 'round these parts: Boot and Saddle.

The long-shuttered Broad Street country music joint with the iconic neon sign is re-opening on Sept. 9 as a 60-seat restaurant and bar and 150-person capacity live rock venue programmed by R5 Productions, the team that books venues such as Johnny Brenda's, Union Transfer, First Unitarian Church, Morgan’s Pier and more.

It'll be a great addition to the neighborhood, bringing touring indie rock, punk, electronic, metal and even country acts to an intimate club space south of Washington Avenue.

The kick-off show on Sept. 9 is a band called The Both, but whose members are the famous-in-their-own-right Ted Leo and Aimee Mann (give 'em a listen below). Other shows we're excited about include Laura Veirs (Sept. 20), Elf Power (Oct. 6), Quasi (Oct. 12), Mono (Oct. 19), and Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelly of Sonic Youth (Oct. 26).

See the full schedule at, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

We're thrilled to have Boot and Saddle as a Broad Street Level Sponsor. See you there — and at the Garden Tour.

South Philly Garden Tour
Saturday, September 7, 1-5 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, September 8, 1-5 p.m.)
Check-in: South Philly High School, Broad Street and Snyder Avenue

The Garden Tour is the South Philly Food Co-op’s biggest annual fundraiser, with all proceeds directly supporting costs associated with opening a community-owned and -operated full-service grocery store. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at; at Urban Jungle and other local businesses; and at a variety of upcoming South Philly Food Co-op events.

Click here for more information about this year’s tour or to get your tickets today.