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Unlocking the Power of Plants to Make Philadelphia Safer, Healthier, and More Prosperous - PHS and the Green Living Plan

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


In-Person at the Center for Architecture - 1218 Arch St


Join Matt Rader, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), as he shares insight into PHS’s mission advancing health and well-being through horticulture.  PHS believes in and activates the power of horticulture to make positive social and environmental change in 230 city and suburban neighborhoods. Greening sits at the intersection of urban design, environmental sustainability, public safety, mental health, and economic development.  This work is done through rich collaboration with individuals, government, business, and community organizations.

In this talk, Matt will explore PHS’s work supporting residents and community organizations to deliver greening in 230 city and suburban neighborhoods and build healthy urban forests, community gardens, clean and green vacant lots, well-gardened public spaces, and green collar jobs. He will also talk about the data showing the impact of this work and the untapped potential represented by the Green Living Plan for Philadelphia. And, he will seek to engage DAG members in becoming advocates for embedding green as a “must have”  component of our streets, public spaces, and building.


Come learn and leave ready to make plant-based transformational change happen!


RSVP is not required (since we're in person), however it helps us get a head count. 


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Matt Rader

Matt Rader is the 37th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He is focused on deepening and expanding PHS’s efforts to use horticulture to advance the health and well-being of the communities in the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond.

Gardens and landscapes have shaped Matt’s life. He has lived and worked in magnificent landscapes from the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania to Stowe Landscape Garden, the University of Virginia, Monticello, and Fairmount Park. He combines a passion for horticulture with a deep love for historic preservation and cities.

Matt grew up in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and master’s of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Center City Philadelphia with his partner Michael Smith, a conductor and organist