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2017 Press Release

Historic Rittenhouse Flower Market to be Presented by PHS in May

PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has been invited by the Committee of the Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities to produce the 103rd annual Rittenhouse Flower Market on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Rittenhouse Square, with proceeds from the event to benefit PHS youth programs.

PHS, the not-for-profit organization that produces the Philadelphia Flower Show and leads neighborhood greening work, will help city residents launch the spring gardening season with a variety of high-quality potted flowers and plants, cut flowers, and garden supplies from PHS Meadowbrook Farm, the historic estate garden and greenhouse near Jenkintown, Pa. Meadowbrook Farm will cultivate and offer select quality plants chosen for their beauty and hardiness for home gardeners in the Philadelphia region.

“We are very honored to carry on the tradition of the Rittenhouse Square Flower Market and contribute to the energy it brings to Philadelphia each spring,” PHS President Matt Rader said. “Our goal at PHS is to help people discover and grow a passion for horticulture and use greening to transform their neighborhoods. We look forward to helping city gardeners find the perfect plants for their indoor and outdoor spaces.”

Experienced staff will provide shoppers with answers to all their gardening questions. Visitors are encouraged to bring their favorite containers to the event for customized plant selection. Family-friendly entertainment will add to the springtime celebration in the historic neighborhood park.

“The Committee of the Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities is thrilled that PHS will continue and strengthen the tradition of the Flower Market. We look forward to seeing the Square awash in brightly colored plants and flowers,” said Barbara Pomerantz, RSFMCC co-President.  “Our committee plans to participate at the Market and also make a few small grants to youth nonprofits later this year.”

ABOUT PHS

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1827, whose programs connect people to horticulture and collaboratively creates beautiful, healthy and sustainable communities. PHS’s best known activities include the Philadelphia Flower Show, street tree planting and maintenance, community gardening, public beautification, and the PHS Pop Up Gardens. PHS is supported by individual members and supporters, foundations, partners and government grants. PHS programs bring together people from diverse backgrounds to engage in horticultural projects that advance social equity, environmental sustainability, and urban livability. For information or to support our work, visit PHSonline.org.

Meadowbrook Farm is the former estate of renowned florist J. Liddon Pennock, Jr. The estate, consisting of a 1930s stone house, elegantly landscaped gardens and garden center, was bequeathed to PHS in 2004 and has served as primary grower of “show quality” plants for the Philadelphia Flower Show for decades. For more information, call 215.887.5900, or visit www.meadowbrookfarm.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alan Jaffe, PHS Senior Director of Communications & Media, 215.988.8833, mobile 267.968.0859, ajaffe@pennhort.org

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