Neighborhood Gardens Trust is kicking off the summer season with the first citywide Community Gardens Day on Saturday, June 21, from 10 am to 3 pm. Participating gardens of NGT and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, as well as other gardens throughout Philadelphia, will celebrate with a variety of family-friendly activities. Gardeners and garden lovers of all ages are invited to join in garden tours, and enjoy the city’s beautiful community gardens and learn more about gardening on the summer solstice.

A special event at the Bel Arbor Community Garden, on Kimball St., between 10th and 11th, in Bella Vista, will start the day’s celebrations with noted guests and the reading of a Mayoral Proclamation announcing Philadelphia’s inaugural Community Gardens Day. More than 28 gardens are participating. Check www.ngtrust.org for the most-up-to-date map of participating gardens, including two gardens in our area, on the 800 block of South Street and 300 block of Christian.

Bel Arbor is a 19 year old community garden, and is protected from development by the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, whose mission is to acquire and preserve community gardens and shared open space in order to enhance the quality of life in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Visitors may meet Bel Arbor’s beekeeper, visit the fruit orchard, and learn about the PHS City Harvest Program and how Bel Arbor donates produce to Ready, Willing & Able, at 12th and Bainbridge Streets.