And before you ask, yes, they are actively seeking a retail space now that they have surpassed the 600-member threshold. But back to peeping into your neighbors’ coolest backyards.
The self-guided tour, on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. (rain date Sept. 7), will include at least 16 gardens between 2nd to 10th, Fitzwater and Moore streets. An after-party will be held at The Industry at Moyamensing and Reed.
Stops on this year’s tour include:
- A woman who started gardening in 1999 when she bought her home on Ellsworth Street that happened to have ample backyard space, and has since become a professional gardener
- The only Japanese tea garden in South Philly
- A garden that’s been tilled by the same family for five generations
- A gardener whose dog (trained to detect ovarian cancer) has been digging up her in-ground vegetables, so she converted most of her huge garden to containers
- East Passyunk Crossing Gardens, still in development and making plans to work with students and local refugee populations
- The Wishing Well, which grows its own herbs for specialty cocktails
- A community garden featuring several Isaiah Zagar murals
Last year’s tour raised $9,600 for the Co-op. So to help make this place a reality (sooner than you might think, but, granted, not as quickly as you’d hoped), buy your $20 tickets here. For more info about the Co-op, click here.