The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop-Up Garden has been annual warm-weather hit - what with the transformation of a vacant lot into an urban oasis, complete with beer and great food.
Why not do three of them this year?
PHS plans to set up in new spots in East Passyunk and Logan Square and to return to 1438 South St., starting the first week of June. The closing date for each beer garden is October 1.
The East Passyunk location is the lot across from Pat's Steaks at Ninth and Wharton Streets, which the PHS public landscape crew will aim for a hipster look using recycled bicycle parts, reclaimed wood, and permeable pavers. Mass plantings of Gomphrena Fireworks will create a hot pink wave throughout the landscape, which will also feature tobacco plants, agastache and verbena highlights, under a canopy of honey locust trees and twinkling market lights. Guests will lounge on poufs, bean-baggy furnishings, and stepped stadium seating. The crew behind Cantina Los Caballitos and Royal Tavern will set out a menu including vegan fare and kids' favorites and will have 12 beer taps serving crafts, plus cocktails, wine, and frozen punch.
The Logan Square location will be set up in the courtyard of 3 Logan Square, at 18th and Cherry Streets, as Brandywine Realty Trust made the space available. PHS is going for a "Philly beach-meets-Hamptons atmosphere," as Sargenti Architects will install a beach around the existing fountain, and will put out palm trees, honey locusts, wispy grasses, and tropicals, along with a terraced landscape with wooden decking, white furnishings, cabanas and lounging spaces. City Tap House across 18th Street will run a tented bar serving food.
The site of last year's pop-up on South Street West, next to Jamaican Jerk Hut at 1438 South St., will sport a new Bohemian design from Karen Regan, of Tallulah & Bird. She will install a wooden trellis, clusters of container gardens, and small "rooms." The garden will have large palm and banana trees, a fern installation, bromeliads and other exotics, vines, specimen shrubs, and Jack-in-the-Pulpit relatives that rise five feet high. Lafayette Hill's Barren Hill Brewery will introduce new beers throughout the summer, and it's working with Wyndridge Farm (creator of the PHS Horticulture Cider) on a beer brewed especially for the pop-up. Sponsor Dietz & Watson will serve
snacks like candied bacon and a pretzels & dip trio; hot dogs and sausages including a Philly "Super Frank" and rotating monthly specials like a Bahn Mi Dog (deli beef frank, sliced cucumber, shredded carrot, mint, Wasabi Mustard) and a Buffalo Style Chicken Sausage Sandwich (with Hot Pepper NY State Cheddar, tomatoes, onions, celery and bleu cheese); sandwiches like a prosciutto Caprese, a rotating weekly grilled cheese special that includes a triple grilled cheese (provolone, Peppadew NY State Cheddar, gouda on sourdough) and a South Philly Style grilled cheese (provolone, broccoli rabe, roasted red peppers, red pepper flakes and garlic on Italian bread), and a rotating weekly sandwich special that includes Gouda & Peach (Aalsbruck Gouda, gourmet bacon, grilled peaches on a pretzel baguette) and Sriracha Chicken & Asian Slaw (Sriracha Chicken Breast, red cabbage, shredded carrots, red onion, Sriracha aioli on a sesame bun).
Whilst on the outdoor-drinking subject: Fergie's Pub (1214 Sansom St.) will open its seasonal beer garden on May 20, and Dilworth Park, outside of City Hall, has Rosa Blanca Café with adult beverages. Gelato giant Capogiro will open there in mid-May.