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Horticultural society makes prestigious list


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has been named to Fast Company’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024.”

Joining the likes of YouTube and TacoBell, PHS was recognized for its community-led horticulture initiatives in the Philadelphia region.

“We hope to leverage this incredible accolade to further expand our impact using horticulture to advance health and well-being,” said PHS President Matt Rader in a press release. “We act to fulfill our belief that gardens, trees, and great horticulture are must-have elements for every neighborhood in a thriving, equitable city and region. PHS invites everyone to embrace gardening as their superpower to transform our society and environment, a concept we call ‘Gardening for the Greater Good’.”

The press release said PHS programs engaged more than 300,000 people last year. About 1.14 million residents live within a five-minute walk of a PHS project.

Fast Company highlighted the PHS Workforce Development, Same Day Work and Pay, LandCare programs as well as the Philadelphia Flower Show. It also touted PHS’ partnership with the University of Pennsylvania to study how nature-based programs can mitigate crime and promote positive health outcomes.

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