As I write this, a garden is popping up on the corner of 20th and Market Streets. You're probably like I was, trying to figure out what was there before. Guarantee you've been by this site 100 times - it was a weedy lot and that's about it.
Between now and 3 p.m. on Monday, it's going to be transformed into a living promotion for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's many programs. I'm not big on promotions, but at least this one's worth something real.
And the garden is really cool.
It has a slew of raised beds with vegetables and herbs, as well as flowers, shrubs, a mini-Christmas tree farm, topiaries, and even 20-foot honey locusts - eight of them - that will be planted in an allee as you walk through the gate on Market Street.
The garden will be hosting guest chefs, who unfortunately can't cook on the site, but they can bring samples from their restaurants. They'll also be getting fresh stuff from the gardens.
The public will be invited in on Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. for tours and programs, including container gardening, organic practices and a zillion other topics. There's talk of tai chi classes ... and other offerings, including science talks by folks from the Franklin Institute.
Opening is Monday at 3 p.m. and the garden will be functional till sometime in October, maybe longer, depending. At the moment, folks like Marcus Johnson of PHS (shown here) are doing the tough stuff - working hard, outside, on a day like today.
Pass the hose, Marcus!