2/26/2016 Spring 2016 About the Author Growing a Healthier Future By Stacy Stevens 2/26/2016 Spring 2016 The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Helps Communities Flower Every spring, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) holds the Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest and longest-running indoor flower show in the world. Subaru of America, Inc. is the show’s premier sponsor. This year’s Explore America theme celebrates the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, with exhibits showcasing the natural resources of our cultural landmarks. Subaru of America, Inc. is the show’s premier sponsor. This year’s Explore America theme celebrates the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, with exhibits showcasing the natural resources of our cultural landmarks. Making Fresh Food and Tree Hugging Possible Revenue generated from the Philadelphia Flower Show ensures that a variety of PHS cleaning and greening programs prosper. For example, City Harvest has 140 community gardens delivering fresh food to 1,200 urban families each week during the growing season. Wherever you live and whatever you do to make a difference, it’s all the same effort – benefiting you, your family, your neighbors, our world. - Alan Jaffe, PHS director of communications Subaru display at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show Alan Jaffe, PHS director of communications Subaru provides funding and vehicles for PHS staff to train gardeners how to grow their own food, helping to create longterm food independence. Also supported is Plant One Million, a multistate tree-planting campaign to replace the region’s disappearing tree canopy. The LandCare program transforms and maintains 10,000 vacant lots by adding compost-rich topsoil and planting grass and trees. And thanks in part to a grant from the Subaru of America Foundation, the PHS Green City Teachers program trains educators in ways to incorporate environmental lessons into the classroom. Learn more about the Philadelphia Flower Show. Subaru tire planter display at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show Upcycle: DIY Tire Planters In celebration of “Subaru Loves the Earth,” we're giving Subaru Insiders instructions for making the tire planters featured at The Gardener's Studio Presented by Subaru exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show. 1. Find used rubber tires of any size. Consider the location and the scale of the area being decorated. The tires can be left natural rubber or painted for a splash of color. 2. Drill some small drain holes (approx. 1/2-inch diameter) in the bottom of the tire where the plants will be placed. 3. Use 3/4-inch or 1-inch hemp or sisal rope for wrapping and knotting to make a hanging strap. 4. Various hardware types can be used to hang the planters. We used pipe fittings and flanges as shown. You also can use screws or bolts through the tire to attach it directly to a wall or fence. (Be sure to consult a hardware professional to determine the proper reliable and safe mounting technique for the weight.) 5. Place a small layer of crushed stones that are slightly larger than the hole diameters in the bottom of the tire to help keep soil from falling out. 6. Select plants that will be favorable to the climate zone. A variety of greens can be used alone or mixed with small perennials. Consult your local gardening shop or expert for help. 7. Use planting soil to fill the tire cavity when planting. Add moss or bark chips for a finishing touch.