When Philadelphia’s Gardeners Union lost its last garden and a garden shop in the middle of the city, it was the first time in the history of the union that a major city in the US had a serious problem with its gardeners.
In the mid-1980s, Philadelphia was facing an acute shortage of gardeners, which led to a shortage of space for growing food.
In 1991, when a city councilman tried to get the city to buy a few hundred gardeners’ plots, he was met with a barrage of complaints, including that the council had been buying plots for the sole purpose of reselling them.
In 1993, then-mayor Jim Turner ordered the city’s Department of Public Works to hire gardeners to maintain the gardens.
The department had never been charged with any gardening activity, and it did not have a staff to help oversee the effort.
In 1996, the Department of Parks and Recreation launched the Gardeners Garden, an initiative to promote gardeners and provide funding for a garden center to provide educational and recreational opportunities for the community.
But in 1998, when it was announced that the city would be buying some gardeners plots for $1.1 million, it turned out to be a bust.
“We were all stunned,” said Jim Taylor, who was hired as the Gardener Union’s garden director.
“People said, ‘Why are you doing this?
We have a garden, and we don’t have a lot of money.'”
The Gardeners Guild had its first major setback in 2000, when the city council approved a $10,000 seed grant for a plant nursery.
It was not until the following year, when council members decided to try to get gardeners involved in the project, that the Gardenists Guild became the first garden-focused organization to receive seed money.
Gardeners Guild president John Stuckey said he was not sure if the city had taken any steps to ensure that gardeners were not involved in any of the Garden City projects, but he did not expect it to be the last time a city had to grapple with the problem.
“The city’s position has been that this is a city problem,” he said.
“And if the Garden Cities are going to be funded, we are going see the community grow up around it.”
Garden City is a one-day event that takes place on the city side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike every year.
The Gardeners are encouraged to show up and help beautify the streets and the sidewalks around Philadelphia, which they do by planting trees and other beautification items.
The Garden City is open to the public, but the city does not have the funds to hire the gardeners needed to make it a success.
“There’s been no funding,” said Taylor.
“Garden Cities has always been an experiment, but it’s not a city-wide one.
It’s a small group of people.
It has been a community project, and that’s where the money has been coming from.”
Gardens around the world have been struggling for a while to maintain their gardens, which are located at street corners, on city parks and at schools.
In 2014, in China, more than 100,000 Chinese gardeners walked out on their city council after the government did not provide funding.
In 2016, in Belgium, gardeners protested against the city of Brussels over a budget of $7.5 million to maintain a garden.
In 2013, in New Zealand, about 200 gardeners staged a protest in Auckland over the cost of maintaining a garden at the city park.
In New York City, Garden City has been held every spring for three years, and the city is now trying to raise $3 million to continue its garden program.
For Taylor, it’s been a long road.
“I’ve been gardening my whole life, and I’ve had many problems with the city,” he says.
“They were asking me questions about my ability to do the job, and how much space is left on the lot, and my ability as a gardener, and whether I would be able to get paid.”
The Garden Cities plan has had mixed results.
“In New Zealand and in the United States, people have really embraced Garden Cities, and they’ve been really supportive,” said Stuckeys.
“It’s a good thing.”