Awbury Community Garden Club

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Community gardens -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History
Awbury Arboretum (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Awbury Community Garden (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension


The Awbury Arboretum Community Garden, established with Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension in 1977, is the successor to Great Depression allotments and WWII Victory Gardens.

The Garden is comprised of over 60 garden plots including 20 raised beds. It provides flowers, fruit and vegetables to local residents and annually donates substantial quantities of food to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest. The perimeter of the Community Garden is a woodland walk that includes many established native trees, a small orchard, and sitting areas made from tree stumps. The Community Garden at Awbury is managed by a coordinating committee of neighbors.

The Community Garden has won several awards, including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Blue Ribbon in the Gardening and Greening Contest in 2017. -- Awbury Arboretum website

This collection is comprised of archival materials held by the McLean Library, images courtesy of Awbury Arboretum and a recording with Awbury Community Garden Club members Eldredge Ragsdale, Richard Reasoner, and Lucille Reasoner facilitated by Leomar Cooper and Sally McCabe.

The Garden is located at 6336 Ardleigh St, Philadelphia.


Philadelphia (Pa.)


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