GARDENING FOR THE GREATER GOOD
PHS will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2027. The occasion of our bi-centennial is an exciting time to contemplate the future, and to think hard about how we can continue to improve the quality of life of the Greater Philadelphia region through the power of horticulture.
Last summer, as part of a two-year strategic visioning effort called PHSVision2027, PHS engaged thousands of people in extensive community outreach, research, and listening sessions to understand our most pressing societal challenges and how we can best address them. From this input, PHS learned that it can make the largest impact by “gardening for the greater good” in four critical areas:
- Increasing access to fresh food (Laying the groundwork for residents to grow food for themselves and their community)
- Creating healthier living environments (Building healthier, more sustainable, enjoyable living spaces for residents in the region)
- Building deeper social connections (Connecting people with one another and with their neighborhoods through the power of horticulture)
- Growing economic opportunity (Providing sustainable pathways to employment in the horticulture industry and supporting local businesses)
This focus on the well-being of people and our neighborhoods is not new for us. Our legacy of harnessing the power of plants to improve lives dates back to at least the 1970s, and we will build on this extensive knowledge base to expand the scale and scope of our programs in Philadelphia and across the region. Moreover, we will continue to empower and equip individuals to carry forward this work on their own.
We invite everyone, gardeners and non-gardeners alike, to join our community of empowered, like-minded people who want to further our cause by volunteering their time, offering financial support, participating in our programs, or even working in their own backyard.