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Garden Tour Countdown: Year-round green, and veggies, too.

I think that we gardeners all want something a little different from our green spaces.  For me, it was tw0-fold.  I wanted the sense of bringing fresh vegetables from the garden to the kitchen that I had when I was growing up in Westmoreland County.  And I wanted to conceal the concrete-block walls with living greenery -- especially in the gray winter months.  On top of that, my family wanted a cozy spot to enjoy some outdoor hanging out.  I've found it's not impossible to get all this, but it takes time, careful space management, and planning.  I'd like to share with you some of the things that worked for me.  (As well as a few cautionary tales.)  See this and other neighborhood gardens on the Second Annual South Philly Food Co-op Garden Tour, on Sat., Sept. 8, 2012 (raindate Sun., Sept. 9, 2012) from 1-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at our page or at these locations:
  • Urban Jungle, 1526 E. Passyunk Avenue
  • Ultimo Coffee, 1900 South 15th St.
  • Grindcore House, 1515 S. 4th St.
The Garden Tour will be a self-guided ticketed event, and will feature over 20 public and private gardens throughout South Philadelphia. Participating gardens will have their doors/gates open for the duration of the event, and will have someone available to greet visitors, show them around and answer questions. RSVP on Facebook here. This is one of many fundraisers that will help us raise the funds for a site analysis of potential store locations. Help us make it a success – buy tickets for yourself, your friends and your family! And, if you haven’t yet joined, meet some of our member-owners and please consider joining now!