Once again, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has transformed a vacant space into a lush hangout spot, perfect for leisurely summer afternoons and evenings. This year’s PHS Pop-Up Garden sits at 1438-46 South Street (next to the Jamaican Jerk Hut) and officially opens on Tuesday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m. and remains open seven days a week until mid-October.
The garden itself is open to the public starting at 11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, 2 p.m. on Saturdays and noon on Sundays while food and drink will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Expect tropical cocktails, craft beer, a changing group of food trucks and Caribbean menu items from the Jamaican Jerk Hut.
PHS has outfitted the lot with zelkova trees from this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, hammocks, palm trees and other decorations that add to the tropical ambiance.
On tap for this summer’s entertainment are happy hours, movie nights, Quizzo, live entertainment, fitness nights and other celebrations.
The Garden’s first soiree of the season takes place on Tuesday, July 8. To celebrate the official opening of the oasis, various representatives will speak and Trinidelphia, a Philly steel drum band will perform, The Cow and the Curd will make sure you won’t go hungry and the drinks will be flowing. It all starts at 5:30 p.m.
Later in the week on Thursday, July 10 Unite Fitness is leading a noncompetitive run starting from the Garden at 6 p.m. For a $10 donation to PHS City Harvest, you’ll get a workout and a complimentary beverage—because what’s more important than replenishing after a run?
Other events taking place at the pop-up hangout spot will be posted on PHS’s website including musical performers, parties and other activities.
For more chill outdoor vibes, a stop to the new Spruce Street Harbor Park might be in the stars.