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South Street Caribbean Garden: Spicy and fleeting

Summer colors that sizzle like the heat.
Summer colors that sizzle like the heat.
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While most gardens are purely seasonal, the Pop Up Garden, newly located on South Street, is truly a this-summer-only event. This will be the fourth annual temporary garden event sponsored by PHS. For this year, the theme is a spicy, hot and colorful Caribbean theme.

Caribbean spice

Located next to the Jamaican Jerk Hut, the PHS, (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society), Pop Up Garden will begin to draw patrons on Tuesday, July 8th, and continue throughout the summer. Tropical beverages, spicy Caribbean bites and a rotation of featured food trucks will be presented all summer long. Tuesday’s grand opening will feature The Cow and the Curd, which was bestowed a Best of Philly honor, last year, for its Midwest-style cheese specialty. Regularly changing special programs will keep the entertainment as fresh as the locally grown harvest that visitors will deliciously devour. PHS City Harvest coordinates a network of community gardens and their gardeners that are supported by the proceeds of this Pop Up Garden event.

PHS is a nonprofit organization founded 187 years ago to motivate people and communities to enhance their quality of life through horticulture. Offering resources and support to all types of gardeners, PHS is best known for its infamous Philadelphia Flower Show, as well as, the City Harvest focus which supports many local families with produce from local gardens. PHS is also driving a multi-state tree-planting campaign, to plant a million trees, and their Meadowbrook farm that continues to grow both literally and in popularity.

This year’s Pop Up Garden is designed by Groundswell Design Group. It was their design last year that gathered rave reviews for the South Broad Street location. Likely, it is the amazing transformation that incorporates trees, lights, creative seating, and resourceful use of space that has made these temporary beer gardens so successful. Or perhaps, just the motivation of a temporary opportunity that adds to the delight. Regardless, the announcements and preparation have been made to please the masses. Located at 1438 South Street, come breathe in the warm summer air, spicy aromas and taste some Caribbean fare in this year’s PHS Pop Up Garden setting. Plan a visit before it is gone for another season and another location. As summer gardens go, this one’s especially bright and delectable.