Work Day Schedule

Work days 2023  2nd and 4th Thursdays,  each month March to November,   9:30 AM - 12 noon limited to 8 volunteers each workday.

Contact Susan Yeager by email or text 215-205-1117 to let us know you are planning to come.

Workers are encouraged to bring their own gloves and favorite tools for weeding, pruning and digging - water, shovels and most all that is needed is available on site.

Parking is provided for free when volunteers use the Pennsylvania Hospital Garage on Delancey and 8th street (711 Delancey Street Garage).  Entry requires going south on 8th and turning left on Delancey.  Volunteers bring the parking ticket to the volunteer office immediately to the right as you enter the historic hospital grounds.
There, sign in and have your parking ticket stamped.  You will be offered a voucher in the main cafeteria for $5.  Walk to the left on the gravel paths around the historic building to the Physic Garden, and we will be so happy to see you!!


Physic Garden

"The Physic Garden as pictured below, is the jewel in the crown that makes up the Pennsylvania Hospital gardens.  The Board of Managers first proposed the Physic Garden in 1774 to provide physicians with ingredients for medicines.  The idea was approved, but financial circumstances intervened and the project was delayed for two centuries.  In 1976, the planting of the garden was the bicentennial project of the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America and the Friends of Pennsylvania Hospital.  The garden contains the plants and herbs that were used for medicines in the 18th century."

The Physic Garden was solely a project of the Philadelphia Committee and is tended by garden club members and local residents many days throughout the growing season.  Left of the compass on the map is the location of Pennsylvania Hospital where the Physic Garden is Located.