It’s Time to Grow This Block! (Again) – W Rockland St’s Annual Block-wide Planting Day in Germantown, Saturday, June 1

This Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., residents of W Rockland Street in Germantown will participate in Grow This Block! – the W Rockland Street Project’s third annual neighborhood gardening experiment.

This entire yard was ripped up and transformed! Big thanks to Matt Wysong for helping with the project!

This entire yard was ripped up and transformed! Big thanks to Matt Wysong for helping with the project!

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to grow flowers and food gardens right in the city. 

This year, residents and volunteers will plant annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs, veggies and even fruit. All residents will have the opportunity to make a sidewalk planter, add new plants to their gardens, build entirely new gardens, in yards or in containers, hanging planters and pots. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in this block-wide planting day, even first-time gardeners.

Residents pay an affordable registration fee to participate (details below). We are able to subsidize the cost of plants and supplies with the help of a Philadelphia Activities Fund grant, issued by 8th District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass. Many plants are also created by dividing existing perennials from gardens on W Rockland Street. Growing from seed and striking new plants from cuttings and layering also contribute to lowering costs.

Grow This Block! works to build community and connect neighbors, beautify the block, reduce litter, educate children and adults about urban farming and horticulture, and more. Two-thirds of the block’s 46 households have participated in past years. For a look at the event, check out our photos and recap from GTB! 2 and for more insight, read architecture critic Inga Saffron’s take in The Philadelphia Inquirer here: Germantown sisters use tactical urbanism to bolster their block.

Sweat equity. Grow This Block! 2012 was a huge success. See more photos here.

Sweat equity. See more photos here.

Volunteers make things grow. Consider joining us this weekend! Planting location is the Unit Block of W Rockland Street in Germantown, 19144, between the 4800 blocks of Germantown Avenue and Greene Street (here’s a map). Contact Aine or Emaleigh at (215) 805-8091 // rocklandstreet@gmail.com for more information. Check out the flyers below to learn how Grow This Block! works.

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