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University City Inspirational Gardens Announced

On Tuesday, November 17, University City District (UCD), in partnership with UCGreen, hosted the fifth annual University City Inspirational Gardens Awards reception.  The ceremony recognized 21 exceptional University City gardens - both residential and institutional. Because UCD and UCGreen strongly believe in the transforming power of green space, flowers and general beautification in urban environments, the annual awards recognize that such efforts deserve special praise for their dedication and commitment, especially while working with difficult growing conditions. Since the inception of the annual awards, UCD has honored nearly 100 inspirational gardens throughout the neighborhood.

Judged by the UC Green Community Advisory Board, this year’s honors recognized outstanding examples of gardening solutions for a diverse set of landscaping challenges. Each awardee’s garden illustrates a unique and creative approach to landscaping.  With that in mind, UCD and UC Green commend these gardeners for their passion and commitment to revitalizing University City.  

To read about the 21 nominations click here.

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.



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