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Before & After: South Street Philadelphia Pop-Up Garden

by Annie Werbler

When the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society asked designer Karen Regan of Tallulah&Bird to create a pop-up warm weather garden on a vacant South Street lot, she imagined how the public gathering space would feel if it had developed organically over time. The temporary installation for special events, as well as sampling food and drinks from local vendors, is only open from June until October of this year. Regan began the design process in the dead of last winter to prepare for a quick 24-day installation during the month of May. With help from Jeff Regan of Regan Construction (also her husband), she was able to reuse found treasures like barn wood, old factory parts, and vintage receptacles from flea markets in new ways.

As the garden’s infrastructure developed, Karen played in the dirt, carefully deciding where each plant would go, and potting up vessels to create a bohemian atmosphere. She devised a series of smaller, more intimate environments within the site’s large open expanse, which include a central trellised pavilion, covered cabanas, a private cottage, wine bar, and long picnic table seating under quaint market lights. While utilizing interior layout principles in some of these outdoor living spaces for maximum comfort, the exterior rooms are constantly changed by living, growing plants. In this way, returning visitors are encouraged to discover new details or engage with different zones at each visit. As for the style of her latest project, Karen describes the concept as petit a petit l’oiseau fait son nid, or, “little by little the bird builds its nest.” It’s her dream of a secret garden for everyone in the heart of the city. —Annie

“After” photography by Julia Lehman

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At this year's Pennsylvania Horticultural Society South Street pop-up garden, a central pavilion structure is built from reclaimed wooden barn beams, and various colorful succulents are planted in vintage bread pans.
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The pavilion's evening glow creates a different experience of the garden.
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An overview of the the garden site, with the pavilion to the left, market tables in the center, and private cottage at right with a wine bar attached.
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On the other side of the site, the cabanas offer a more intimate setting for small groups. The giant planters are antique fountains.
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The cabanas at night. In the foreground, coffee tables made from massive tree trunks with tops painted to coordinate with the zone's Adirondack chairs.
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View toward the cozy cottage from inside the cabanas.
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The walls of the private cottage were constructed of worn flea market crates.
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The twinkling cottage at night.
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While waiting for their turn in the cottage, guests often sit on the antique chair Karen painted.
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The cottage is the most coveted spot in the garden due to the relative privacy it offers and the charmingly crumbled feel of its decor.
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To the side of the cottage, a vintage baby tub makes a lovely planter.
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A view from within the cottage toward the cabanas across the lot.
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The wine bar to the right of the cottage. Karen found the flea market lights in the South of France, and paired them with dramatic oversized bulbs.
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To the left of the cottage is the market light seating. The tables are 20 feet long and made from reclaimed barn beams.
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Guests enjoying the long market tables.
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The tables at night under string lights, with a pop of pink from an illuminated mulberry tree in the distance.
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The pavilion from its opposite entrance. The gomphrena fireworks plants are raised in an old French copper sink.
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View of the main pavilion from the garden entrance in the evening.
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Some flea market finds before their installation.

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