The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has opened the PHS Pop Up Garden in Manayunk. Families, friends, and pets now can enjoy the PHS Pop Up Garden’s beautiful horticultural displays along with a full-scale menu with new food and beverage offerings, as well as new artistic design elements, and new public and private seating options.
Foodies, casual diners, and everyone in between will have something delicious to look forward to when they visit the Pop Up Garden at Manayunk, open for its second season. Food and drink menus are curated by famed Philadelphia restaurants, Cantina Los Caballitos and Khyber Pass Pub. New savory summer tastes include Watermelon & Feta with reduced balsamic, basil, and black lava sea salt, Peel & Eat Shrimp which are garlic & herb seasoned shrimp with charred lemon and cocktail sauce, Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with cayenne glazed fried chicken tenders, bread & butter pickles and coleslaw, and a Chili Cheese Dog with Cooper sharp cheddar and minced onion on a brioche bun. Vegetarians and vegans can enjoy plant-based versions of sandwiches along with a selection of snacks such as the famed Sidewinder Fries, Drive-In Nachos, or fresh seasoned popcorn. Summer-inspired sweets include crunchy Caramel Popcorn and Cherry and Lemon Water Ice to cool down.
A full bar is available with something for all tastes. Among the cocktail offerings are the Woodermelon with Tito’s vodka, watermelon, Fever Tree ginger beer, and lime or the Pink Peppercorn Paloma with Lunazul Blanco Tequila, pink grapefruit, pink peppercorn and lime. Cool off with a refreshing frozen drink such as the Gritty Marg! with Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Tang, lime slice, and black salt rim or Frosé with Aperol, rosé, and lemon. Beer and hard seltzer fans will have a variety of draft and canned options such as 2SP Garden Lager, Neshaminy Creek Pilsner, Dogfish Head Seaquench Sour, Log Yard Le Bleu Blueberry Shandy, or Truly Hard Seltzer’s Wild Blueberry. With a selection of wine by the glass or bottle plus non-alcoholic options, the Pop Up Garden at Manayunk has something to quench everyone’s thirst.
For the first time at the Manayunk garden, reservations can be made for groups of 6-20 online. For larger groups of 20+ people, private event spaces are available for your special occasion. These spaces are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, or any other occasion where guests want to celebrate outdoors. Interested groups can visit PHSOnline.org to make reservations.
In addition, guests can look forward to weekly PHS horticultural programming starting with our famous PHS Plant Swaps -- a fun, festive way to meet other plant lovers, learn more about plants, and enjoy drink specials. These weekly events will begin in late July and continue throughout the summer and fall season. More information will be announced soon.
This year, the Pop Up Garden in Manayunk will feature a new array of plants and flowers. Perimeter plantings in the garden are now inspired by native plant communities like the American prairie and eastern woodland, featuring leafy trees and plants like Quercus bicolor, Sassafras albidium, Acer rubrum, and Taxodium distichum. Together, these new plants will give the garden a forest-like feel, with all the warmth and fresh air of the outdoors.
Along with the new plantings, PHS will again grow fresh produce for the PHS Harvest initiative. Harvest aims to combat food insecurity in Philadelphia by encouraging residents to garden for themselves and donate or share their garden’s bounty. In 2020, the program resulted in over 44,000 pounds of produce being donated and shared with the community. This year, PHS will continue to grow and donate all crops grown at the Manayunk Pop Up Garden to North Light Community Center.
Visitors to PHS Pop Up Gardens help to support PHS community programs such as Harvest, the cleaning and greening of over 12,000 vacant lots in the region, the planting of almost 2,000 trees annually, and the support of more than 160 community gardens.
HOURS AND LOCATION
The Pop Up Garden at Manayunk
106 Jamestown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Monday – Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday from 5p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
For more information, visit PHSOnline.org.
Marilyn Johnson is a freelance writer covering the food and drink scene of the Greater Philadelphia area and South Jersey. News tips: firstname.lastname@example.org.