By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was beautiful day for some spring cleaning and greening in Philadelphia, and a few hundred volunteers did just that today, rolling up their sleeves, showing off their green thumbs, and digging in along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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And it was all for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society‘s annual “City in Bloom” event.

“(They are) planting almost 7,000 annuals and perennials,” noted PHS president Drew Becher.  “A dozen trees are being planted, including cherry trees at the Basilica. And just pure fun in the sun, getting your hands dirty, and making Philadelphia a much more beautiful place.”

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Becher joined business and city officials, including Mayor Nutter, in speaking about the importance of green space in an urban setting.  But they may have been overshadowed by Liam Leahy, a seventh-grader at St. Francis Xavier School.

“Being in a natural environment rather than just asphalt, streets, and concrete soothes the mind and body,” he said.

All of this to make the city look good today and for Liam’s generation to enjoy tomorrow!

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