Upcoming POP Events


We invite you to participate by planting with POP, working alongside volunteers from our community partners to plant orchards all over the city. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. These events involve digging, planting, and spreading compost and mulch, so expect to get dirty. We can’t guarantee tools for all; if you bring your own, it is advisable to write your name on them. Snacks and beverages to share are also welcome.

Planting events can generally be expected to last 3 or 4 hours. Please sign up for our volunteer email list for up-to-date info on events. We recommend that you check your email the morning of a planting to confirm whether if will be postponed to the raindate. Plantings happen in the spring and fall months.

Saturday, March 5, 2016 3:00 pm

Adding Fruit Trees to Your Garden: Morris Arboretum
(Morris Arboretum, Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm, 100 E. Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118)

Turn your backyard into an orchard! Growing fruit trees at home provides you with fresh-picked fruits to eat, and fruit trees also can add beauty to your landscape with colorful, fragrant blossoms. This introductory workshop with POP staff will cover the basics of planning, planting, and caring for fruit trees. Learn which fruits are easiest to grow and ecological methods for growing happy, productive trees. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. 1pm to 3pm. $30/$25. For more info and to register:


Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:00 am

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop: Awbury Arboretum
(Awbury Arboretum, Cope House, 1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia 19138)

Learn the art and science of fruit tree grafting and bring home your own apple or pear tree! Don’t miss this introductory workshop with POP and Greg Rothman of Cummins Nursery. We’ll cover the basics of fruit tree grafting and then lead participants in hands-on grafting of their own trees. Bring home your own tree or donate one to POP to plant in a community orchard in the city! 10am to 1pm. $30 for general public, $20 for POP partners. Space is limited, pre-registration required:


Please contact phil@phillyorchards.org for more information on a particular planting.