Earth Day 2022: FYI Philly's vegan eats, Spring into shape outdoors, PHS Flower Show

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

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2022 Philadelphia Flower Show set for 'Full Bloom' at FDR Park

This year's PHS Philadelphia Flower Show runs June 11-19 with a theme of In Full Bloom.

While the FDR Park venue is the same as last year, the show itself will be much different.

There will be an artisan row with horticultural artisans showing how to make floral crowns, candles and fresh bouquets that you can then take home.

The uber popular Butterflies Live exhibit will have a playground-like kid's cocoon right next door.

Vodka lemonade will be the show's signature cocktail and for food, there's a high-end restaurant called The Lakes from James Beard award-winning Chef Jean-Marie LeCroix.

The Boathouse will be transformed into a lounge where you can grab a drink and a snack and enjoy the views of the lake and gardens.

The show is making history this year, starting with the entrance garden. There's one as you first enter the show and then a bonus entrance garden after you cross the bridge into the main exhibits. And designers at PHS are working on a first-ever mono color design for the entrance garden.

All of the competitive gardens will on the Main Lawn this year, which PHS Chief of Shows and Event Sam Lemheney says, "will look like a painter's palette."

And the show is the most diverse in Flower Show history with more women designers this year than ever before, including last year's best of show winner, Wambui Ippolito, back to defend her title.

Buy a ticket to the Flower Show and you get free admission to the American Swedish Historical Museum, which will house a number of Flower Show exhibits.

And there's a show within a show this year, a mini music festival with three different bands performing live at the Flower Show every day.

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show |Tickets | Facebook |Instagram

FDR Park | Website |Facebook |Instagram

June 11-19

1500 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19145

Libertee Grounds combines mini golf, beer with Pan-Asian bar fare

Libertee Grounds provides "activity-based drinking" for adults in the Francisville neighborhood of Philadelphia.

They combine 30 taps featuring hyper-local beer upstairs with a Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course downstairs.

They also serve a menu of food that includes Pan-Asian bar fare inspired by the three Indian American owners, who say the flavors are reminiscent of the food they ate growing up.

The 8,500 square foot space is bar-restaurant upstairs with 10 televisions for watching sports and a "hyper local" mural on the wall from artist Paul Carpenter.

There is a beer garden outside providing an extra hangout space for guests.

Downstairs the miniature golf course spells out Philly and featured holes are dedicated to Philadelphia landmarks with murals depicting some of the city's iconic scenes. They have private rooms for parties and gatherings and real golf putters to use as you walk the course.

Libertee Grounds | Facebook | Instagram

1600 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Try these vegan eateries for plant-based food any time of day

Vegan food has come a long way, and these three purveyors of meatless culinary creations prove it.

At Tomo Sushi & Ramen, you can get traditional or vegan sushi, with innovative methods being used to make sushi without fish.

Amira's Delites brings small-batch, vegan baked goods to independent groceries and farmers markets year-round, using no dairy and locally milled flour.

In Manayunk, The Volstead by Unity has a 100% vegan menu, plus a 'zero-proof' bar. The food menu goes from brunch items to dinner entrees, with every item being plant-based.

For drinks, a full bar exists with every wine, beer and spirit containing no alcohol, and the classic cocktails served have surprisingly similar tastes to conventional bar beverages.

Tomo Sushi & Ramen | Facebook | Instagram

228 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


opens at 3:00pm, closed Mondays

Amira's Delites | Instagram

Bee's Tiny Market

600 Brill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120


Fairmount Farmers Market, Thursdays; East Falls Farmers Market, Saturdays

The Volstead by Unity | Facebook | Instagram

4371 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127


opens at 4:00pm, closed Mondays; weekend brunch 10:00am-4:00pm

Bennett Compost helping Philadelphians save the earth

Bennett Compost's Founder Tim Bennett is on a mission to make composting more accessible.

The company services almost 6,000 homes in Philadelphia. They provide customers with a five-gallon container with a lid to collect the materials, then they pick them up via bicycle on scheduled days.

Bennett Compost Bike Collector Matt Huff has anywhere between 150-200 stops in his route. Their bikes are stationed in Fishtown, and once they're done loading their trailer, they bring the payload to the headquarters near Olney.

There, the scraps are mixed with woodchips and go through a 4-6-month composting process. Afterwards, if customers want compost back for gardening purposes, they drop off the finished compost to help replenish the soil.

You can try a free one-month trial to decide whether the service works for your lifestyle.

Tim says most people stick with it because it becomes second-nature, like taking out the garbage and recycling.

Bennett Compost | Instagram

5650 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120

Local PHL Market gives makers a brick and mortar to sell products

Local PHL Market was the vision of Kasie Parente.

During the pandemic, she discovered a website to help promote local makers and artists.

The website became so popular that she quickly moved into a brick-and-mortar space on Pine Street.

That's where she features more than 35 local artists and well over 100 products made in and around the Philadelphia region.

The space is meant be a hub for makers with a boutique vibe for shoppers. It is a place visitors can find gift ideas and everyday products including jewelry, art, dried flower bouquets, beauty products, coffee, clothing and more.

Local PHL Market | Facebook | Instagram

1135 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Ray's Reusables will change the way you think about shopping

At Ray's Reusables, you'll find everything from earth-friendly soaps, toothpaste, lip balms and shampoo and conditioner bars.

There's toilet paper made from bamboo or recycled paper products, and dryer balls in bold colors, fun prints or cute animal faces. Throw a handful in your dryer and it's said to reduce static cling and save you money by reducing your dry time up to 25%.

Ray Daly is the curator of this collection.

Her shop is filled with surprise finds like plant-able greeting cards, made on recycled paper that's embedded with seeds. She carries seed balls too, filled with cooking herbs, pollinator plants or wildflowers. You simply bury the ball in soil and plants will soon pop up.

And she has what she calls swap items-things to replace single-use disposable items in your kitchen and bathroom, like cloth facial wipes instead of cotton balls and unpaper towels that you can wash and re-use.

But at its heart, Ray's Reusables is a bulk refill station for everything from shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion to laundry detergent, dish soap and hand soap.

Because it doesn't make sense to chuck a bottle and buy a brand new one every time you run out of your favorite products.

You can BYOB or Ray can sell you an aluminum or glass bottle.

She opened her shop in March after a year and a half of doing mobile pop-ups.

The mobile popups continue as Ray works to make it easier for people to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Ray's Reusables | Facebook | Instagram.

935 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Spring into shape with outdoor workout tips from Main Line Health

With spring finally here, why not get your exercise in by heading out?

Outdoor exercise is easy and fun, and the time is now.

From gardening to golfing, and jogging to biking, even a simple walk around the block is a great way to get started.

Take a look at tips from healthcare professionals who know how much the benefits of getting moving in the great outdoors helps both body and mind.

With Stress Awareness Month, it's even more important to be mindful, and move with intention.

Main Line Health | Facebook | Youtube Channel | Golf Rehab Program


31-Day Challenge gets community on the move for CHOP

Like a rite of spring, the 31-Day Challenge at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia inspires the community to get outside and be active as the weather warms up.

The annual fundraising campaign challenges participants to be active for 31 days and to walk, run or bike 31, 62 or 100 miles during the month of May to raise funds for cutting-edge research and care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

This is the seventh year for the event which has raised nearly $1.5 million for CHOP.

CHOP 31-Day Challenge | Facebook | Instagram

The collection spans his 10-year career and highlights the global impact he had in social justice and activism.

PA artist Keith Haring's Radiant Legacy displays 100 unique works

Head to Doylestown, where you'll find rare works by local icon and artist Keith Haring on display.

"Keith was well-known as being a POP artist of the 1980's," says Joshua Lessard, Director of Exhibition at Michener Art Museum.

The collection spans his 10-year career and highlights the global impact he had.

"This exhibition is laid out into 12 thematic sections. It works its way through his early work, it moves through his gallery career and sort of the Pop Shop commercial work, as well as his more personal collaborations," says Lessard.

Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and raised in Kutztown.

The show gives insight into who the artist was behind the work.

Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy at Michener Museum | Instagram | Facebook

138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901

Through July 31st


The Rounds will deliver your weekly staples to your doorstep with zero packaging waste.

Think toilet paper, hand soap, olive oil, pasta and dog treats.

Co-Founder Alex Torrey says it's bulk store price delivered to your door in the city.

They also partner with Philadelphia makers like Merzbacher's and Lost Bread.

Torrey came up with the concept after noticing how much excess packaging was used in traditional home delivery. He recruited Byungwoo Ko, aka BK, a classmate at Wharton.

Together, they launched The Rounds in 2019.

There is a $6/month membership fee but no additional fees for delivery.

They have now expanded to Washington, DC and Miami and are moving into Atlanta next.

Their hope is that by influencing 'the micro behaviors of millions of people,' they can have an outsized impact on the community and the planet.

The Rounds | | Instagram

Jamaaladeen Tacuma is a modern-day Renaissance Man; a musician, producer, composer and fashion stylist at the Redd Carpet Room.

It's a high-end, appointment-only consignment shop specializing in vintage clothing and accessories where you'll find lots of colorful and avant-garde pieces.

The Redd Carpet Room | Instagram | Facebook

PHILADANCO! is staging its spring performance at the Kimmel Center April 22-24.

The program is called RE: RE-vived and Archived, RE-visited and RE-constructed, and it's filled with four of founder Joan Myers Browns personal favorites.

It's part of PHILADANCO!'s ongoing celebration of more than a half century of dance.

PHILADANCO! RE RE-vived and Archived, RE-visited and RE-constructed | Tickets | Facebook |Instagram

Kimmel Center Perelman Theater

300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, Pa 19102

Apr 22-24, 2022