By Lauren Lipton
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Next Saturday afternoon, September 6th, is the fourth annual South Philly Garden Tour.READ MORE: Philadelphia Students Finding Comfort In Rec Centers Again Amid Gun Violence Epidemic
“You would never expect on some of these tiny streets, places that don’t even have a tree out front, when you walk through the little tiny rowhouse, and then it just opens up onto this amazing space,” says Leigh Goldenberg, a spokeswoman for the South Philly Food Co-op. “Some will surprise you with how large they are, and some will really surprise you with how much they can do with a tiny space.”
The food co-op operates the garden tour as a fundraiser, and they are hoping to raise enough money for a community-owned grocery store.
“We have the only Japanese tea garden in South Philadelphia on the tour,” Goldenberg adds (top photo). “And we have a great garden that has been in the same family in South Philadelphia for five generations.”
And, she notes, there will be treats from some of the gardens as well.READ MORE: 'I Thought I Was Done': Residents Of Trevose Mobile Home Park Pick Up The Pieces After EF-3 Tornado
“Often the host will put out something. In the past we’ve had someone growing figs and they make a fig jam, so you’re eating something right off the tree there. Or, someone makes mint water with the mint that they’re growing in their garden. So you can have a taste of it as well as see it yourself and ask the owner about it.”
Take your picture in a beautiful garden booth, get a free swag bag, and attend the after-garden party. All the tickets and tour details at southphillyfoodcoop.org.
Hear the extended interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 5:23)…