May 17th, 2020

May 17th is Gardening and Greening Day for Love Your Park at Home!

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May 17th is Gardening and Greening Day during Love Your Park at Home! Here are all the things you can learn, share, and do to celebrate gardening and greening in Philly parks.

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LEARN: How to make a native plant container garden (Video)

Gardening with plants and flowers native to the Philadelphia region is a great way to support nature and bring Philly's parks to your home! You don't even have to have a yard - a simple flower pot will do it. Learn how to get started with Dan Feeser, nursery manager at Bartram's Garden.

SHARE: A photo of your garden or the garden beds in your local park

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Gardens give so much joy and beauty! We'd love to see your own garden or your local park's garden beds! Take a photo and share your garden on social media. Don't forget to tag #loveyourpark and @myphillypark and @philaparkandrec! 

DO: Take a tour of Master Arborist Lori Hayes' home garden and get tips!

Bonus: Enjoy these gardening activities and get involved! 

Click below to find out all of the gardening and greening volunteer opportunities you can join in Philadelphia.

The whole family will enjoy these gardening and greening activities, including a nature scavenger hunt!

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Our friends at the Philly Water Department are celebrating Love Your Park @ Home too! They originally planned to host a walking tour of the green stormwater infrastrucutre in Morris Park, but they've instead created an interactive storymap so you can take a virtual tour from home! Rain gardens are a critical part of the city's plan to improve our water quality, so take a few minutes to explore this exciting project. 

Upcoming Love Your Park @ Home Events

Second Saturday in East Fairmount Park

August 8th at 10:00am
Boxers Trail, East Fairmount Park

Show some love for Fairmount Park's Boxers Trail! Join us for a restoration project to remove invasive vines from the trail and forest.

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Volunteer Cleanup in Fairmount Park

August 10th at 9:30am
East Fairmount Park

Help keep Philly's parks and waterways free of litter! Join us for this small, socially distant & family friendly cleanup in Fairmount Park.

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Cleanup Kit Giveaway at Chamounix Drive

August 13th at 5:00pm
Chamounix Drive & S. Chamounix Drive

Stop by our park hub on Chamounix Drive to pick up a Solo Cleanup Kit! Cleanup kits are free to volunteers and include trash bags, gloves, a bandanna, and trash grabbers (while supplies last). Use your kit to clean up trash and littler while enjoying Philly's parks this summer as part of our Love Your Park Solo campaign. NOTE: Please stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Also, please wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance from others when you stop by.

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