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Philadelphia’s Community Gardens

time of year when neighbors are harvesting organically grown vegetables in over 400 community gardens throughout the city. They are feasting on sun-ripened strawberries, juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and fresh-picked herbs. If you are already involved in your local community garden, great! If not, we would like to introduce you to a few of the many community gardens in our city’s diverse neighborhoods.

PHS Plant Swaps are Back!

Do you have a plant that isn’t sparking joy? Bring it to Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s (PHS) monthly Plant Swap at the PHS Pop Up Garden at South Street. This free family-friendly event is a Happy Hour for plants that could use a new life and an opportunity to meet fellow gardeners that can use a $5 margarita.

Pets That Rescue Us

During the pandemic, many of us found substitutes for our normal routines. Instead of meeting up with friends, we Zoomed. Instead of dining out, we learned how to make bread from scratch. And instead of going to concerts, theater or sporting events, we spent more time with our furry friends. In retrospect, you have to wonder. Did we rescue (read more…)

Ken Schapira: Fabricating quality, one project at a time

Ken Schapira, owner of North Standard Fabrication and Construction, LLC, specializes in solving creative structural problems. “When artist Jeff Carpenter wanted to flood an entire art gallery in the Crane Arts Building with eight inches of water, I collaborated with a structural engineer to waterproof the entire floor,” said Schapira. “People were given boots to view the installation. That (read more…)

Meet Jeff Carpineta

Jeff Carpineta has been part of the Solo Real Estate family for the last fifteen years helping buyers, sellers, investors, and renters find their place and community in the city we call home. Jeff is a Kensington resident, real estate agent, an artist with a background in photography/music, and is very involved with his local community in the East (read more…)

Setting Up the 2020 PHS Flower Show “Riviera Holiday”

This Saturday is the opening day of the 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Riviera Holiday.” For nine days, visitors to the Flower Show will be immersed in the sights and scents of the Mediterranean Riviera through garden displays, floral arrangements, design concepts, and more. Set-up Begins in the Philadelphia Convention Center We visited the site of the Flower Show (read more…)