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Pop-Up Event: Tour of Jay & Nanie Flaherty’s Garden
Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Category: Pop-Up Events

(Re)Visit the Fabulous Floriferous Flaherty Garden

If you attended the 2022 HPS Members’ Garden Tour, you probably remember seeing, albeit too briefly, the Flaherty’s wonderful house and garden. Whether or not you have been to their garden in the past, you should seize this opportunity for a more personal, in-depth visit. For a taste of what’s in store for you, check out this article about the Flaherty’s garden in the most recent issue of PHS’s GROW Magazine: GROW SpringSummer 2023 Garden Share. 

The Flaherty’s one-acre garden in Chestnut Hill sits on the corner of a busy intersection filled with cars, bicyclists, pedestrians, dogs, and children, many headed to the adjacent school. The front of the property sloping up to the house is not screened by hedges; there are open vistas into the garden so that passersby may pause to enjoy what is planted there. But there is also plenty of room for a private garden behind the beautiful Provence-style house. 

Flaherty Chestnut Hill houseIn Jay’s words: “While focusing on plants native to the Wissahickon Valley, we have carefully planted numerous other plants that thrive in the Mid-Atlantic states, including many Japanese maples. Water features, winding bluestone paths bordered by Wissahickon schist, and accents of found objects complement the plantings in more than a dozen garden rooms. We also tend an adjoining one-acre plot, partially owned by us. Here Nanie tends two separate vegetable gardens: one receives full sun to grow tomatoes, beans and squash, another now in the part-shade of a pin oak contains lettuce, kale, and peas. This less formal acre attracts an array of small wildlife, which find food and shelter in debris piles and dense foliage.”

Jay and Nanie will give us a guided tour of their property. There will be plenty of time to ask questions, exchange ideas, and to just linger in any, or all, of the garden rooms that call your name. 

There are lots of local eateries in Chestnut Hill for lunch, as well as unique shops.

This is a members only event. Registration is required. Cost is $5 per attendee. Maximum number of attendees is 25.

Additional spots have been added to this tour, to register for this event click here.

Address and parking directions will be sent to registrants in their confirmation email.

HPS/MAG COVID-19 PRACTICES AND POLICIES: All HPS/MAG In-Person Events shall be subject to all COVID-related requirements imposed by any state, local and/or federal agency.  Guests and invitees should apprise themselves of any such requirements prior to attendance.  All HPS/MAG In-Person Events shall also be subject to the COVID-related requirements, if any, of the garden host.  All attendees must bring a mask for every In-Person Event, in case it is required by the host.

Contact: Laura Axel at [email protected]