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Gardens and Tonic: Connecting People with Plants: Revitalizing Urban Spaces through Horticulture

December 9, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Leah Blanton will be discussing the unique opportunity the PHS Public Landscapes team has in Philadelphia to infuse underutilized sites with interesting plantings, push a naturalistic aesthetic that highlights natives and biodiversity, and create dynamic spaces for people to interact with the city in new ways. She will provide an overview of the teams’ projects, the design approach to public planting and installation, and discuss the staple plants that her team relies on to perform in tough conditions.


Leah Blanton is a skilled planting designer, using her artistic eye and horticultural knowledge to create beautiful and functional urban landscapes. She currently works as a Project Manager in Public Landscapes at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society where she designs and manages a diverse range of public horticulture projects in Philadelphia.


Gardens and Tonic is a series of virtual webinars with horticulture professionals. Grab your favorite beverage and join Julie Jenney from the Scott Arboretum and a featured horticulture professional for plant-related topics, adventures, and stories – as well as design-focused talks on private and public gardens. Time will be set aside to answer your questions. Registration is free but required. Participants must have Zoom downloaded on their computer and be comfortable using it. The webinar link will be included in the confirmation email received after registering online.


Help keep these virtual programs free! If you would like to help fund the G&T series, we invite you to donate online or with a check for your desired amount to: the Associates of the Scott Arboretum with a note on the memo line “For virtual G&T series.” Thank you!


December 9, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Virtual Webinar