Work Day Schedule
Work days this 2020 gardening season are slightly different due to the restrictions of the Covid 19 crisis. To effectively practice Social Distancing, we are limited to 8 volunteers each workday. Please call Kate McGrann to let her know you plan to come at 215-334-6111 or 267-250-0184. Masks are required at all times. If you arrive at the hospital without one, they are available at the security desk. All volunteers are to first go to the main entrance of the hospital for screening and receive a visitors pass before reporting to the volunteer office to sign in and proceed to the 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.