The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Drexel University are partnering on a new garden space that will open this spring for Drexel students, faculty, alumni and the public. Located at 32nd and Market Streets, The Gateway Garden at Drexel is being brought to life by PHS, and it will serve as a vibrant entrance to Drexel’s campus. The project will transform a once-vacant space into a hub of horticultural excellence and engaging activities year round. The two organizations announced the garden and revealed renderings at an event held March 4 at the Flower Show.
“PHS is a leader in the Greater Philadelphia region for creating positive change through horticulture – we see this garden as a positive change for the Drexel community as well as a greener, healthier space for the University and the neighborhood,” said Matt Rader, PHS president.
John Fry, Drexel University president, said, “We are beyond thrilled for the opportunity to partner with PHS. The garden will serve as a vibrant welcoming space on the Drexel campus.”
Drexel University President John Fry (left) and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society President Matt Rader look at renderings of "The Gateway Garden at Drexel."
The garden, set to open in early May 2020, is being designed by Robinson, Anderson, Summers, Inc. and PHS. The plantings will reflect Drexel’s diverse global culture with varieties from around the world. Visitors can enjoy the beauty and variety of seasonal horticulture, outdoor seating and study areas and rotating performances and programs. Food and beverages will be offered on site.
In 2013, Drexel acquired the property located at 3161-67 Market Street, a triangular-shaped parcel on the north side of Market Street between JFK Boulevard and 32nd Street that formerly housed a Firestone auto repair shop.
In addition to its renowned Philadelphia Flower Show, PHS is highly regarded for its gardening and landscapes work in more than 250 neighborhoods and its stewardship of more than 200 acres of treasured Philadelphia public gardens and spaces including Logan Square, The Azalea Garden, The PHS Pop Up Gardens and the gardens at the Philadelphia Naval Yard.