Checking out Zen gardens and parks and beer gardens you have to try

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Monday, July 2, 2018

This week on FYI Philly, we are finding our Zen in gardens and parks galore. Some old, some new and one where you can get above it all. Plus we visit a rooftop garden that might just be training the next generation of growers and chefs. And we serve up a six-pack of beer gardens to explore.

Plus, we're celebrating a cult classic, 60 years of "The Blob." FYI Philly airs Saturdays at 7 p.m. and encores Sunday at midnight.

PHS Farm for the City

Thomas Paine Plaza (Municipal Services Building across from City Hall)

1401 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Open daily June 15-Sept. 29: M-F: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat./Sun.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Farm for the city | Schedule of events

PHS Meadowbrook Farm

Fans of the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show may have heard of Meadowbrook Farm. It's the place where plants are forced for the show. Now PHS is opening up the estate home and grounds to the public for the first time ever. The gardens are open to the public to visit for free. No appointment necessary. Weds.-Sat.: 12-6 p.m. Extended hours and programs on Thursdays until 8 p.m.

PHS Meadowbrook Farm | Calendar

1633 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046

215-887-5900

Rail Park

Just a few blocks north of City Hall, there's a brand new park where you can get above it all.

Rail Park | Facebook

Entrances are at 13th & Noble Streets (wheelchair accessible) & a staircase on Callowhill Street between 11th and 12th Streets

Park open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Bartram's Garden

Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philly is a hidden gem, an urban oasis, and the oldest botanical garden in the country.

Bartram's Garden

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143

215-729-5281

Longwood Gardens: Victory Brews

Take a look inside the expanded Longwood Gardens Beer Garden and see how they use their own fruit to brew some exclusive beers in conjunction with Victory Brewing Company.

Long Wood Gardens Beer Garden | Facebook

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Open Thurs.- Sat. 4-9 p.m. Illuminated Fountain Performance: Thurs.-Sat. 9:15 p.m.

Six-pack of Beer Gardens

Beer gardens have become a summertime staple in Philadelphia. We rounded up a six pack of options for you to try.

Uptown Beer Garden

1735 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

215-397-3308

PHS Popups | South Street popup | | U-City popup

1438 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103; 36th & Filbert St,

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Pentridge Station Beer Garden | Facebook

5110-5120 Pentridge St., Philadelphia, PA 19143

(267) 225-7790

Parks on Tap | Facebook

Fishtown Hops | Facebook

1001 N Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125

(877) 477-3715

Admiral's Tavern | Facebook

On the deck of Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum's

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-413-8655

Outdoor Eating

Alicia takes us to two outdoor dining experiences that bring the garden into the city.

Harper's Garden | Instagram: @harpersgarden215

31 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Morgan's Pier | Facebook

221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Sofitel Rooftop Garden

The Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia is partnering with students from Girard College on a rooftop garden that might be training the next generation of chefs and growers.

Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia

120 S 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

215-569-8300

BlobFest

It's been 60 years since the cult classic Sci-fi flick The Blob was released and put Phoenixville on the movie-making map. You can re-live the Sci-fi flick at the annual Blobfest, July 13-15.

Blobfest | Facebook

The Colonial Theater | Colonial Facebook

227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA 19460

FYI Loves the Arts: July at the Mann

Events at the Mann | Facebook

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

5201 Parkside Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19131

215-546-7900

Shelter Me: Horse and Goat Yoga

In this week's Shelter Me, David Murphy takes us to the farm where you can do your downward dog and cat and cow with the farm's horses and goats.

Horse & Goat Yoga Farm

1537 Dillon Road, Maple Glen, PA, 19002, US

Horse and goat yoga sessions every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m

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