Join us for an early evening tour of some of Philadelphia’s most iconic landscapes!
Put yourself in William Penn’s shoes as we explore the public squares he inserted into Philadelphia’s 1683 city plan. Intended to provide breathing room within the city grid and boost property values, the parks do just that—these much loved public landscapes are social and economic hubs where horticulture plays a leading role. We’ll visit three of the five squares—Rittenhouse, Logan, and Center Square—where we will hear from designers, stewards, and users. The focus of the outing will be on the evolution of the squares and the vibrant urban places they have become.
This two-hour walking tour will begin at Logan Square where Philadelphia Parks and Recreation staff will provide context and highlight the history of all five of Penn’s original squares. While at Logan Square, we will tour the central circle and Swann Memorial Fountain, as well the outer areas, including Sister Cities Park, Pennypacker Park, Shakespeare Park, and Aviator Park. We’ll learn about recent landscape improvements, park features, and plant palettes.
Next, we will walk along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, through the newly renovated Love Park, then on to Dilworth Plaza at, what Penn called, Center Square now the location of Philadelphia’s City Hall. Joined by designers of Dilworth, we will learn about current and future plans.
From Center Square we’ll head to Rittenhouse Square—a vibrant place always full of a diversity of people enjoying this quintessential urban park. We will traverse the axial pathways of Paul Cret’s 1913 Beaux Arts design and observe key features, including beloved artwork and architectural elements. The recently renovated Formal Garden will be a highlight. Ending in the early evening at Rittenhouse Square provides an opportunity to partake in the many restaurant options the area has to offer. Enjoy!
Tour Timetable—2 hours (4:30-6:30 pm)
Julie Snell, ISA
TEND landscape inc.
Julie earned a Master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, is a certified arborist, accredited organic land care professional, and a founding principal of TEND landscape inc. Prior to forming TEND, Julie’s work focused on landscape management, developing her expertise over 14 years as project manager of high-profile public spaces in Philadelphia with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Julie is founder and co-chair of the Landscape Management Forum, a group of professionals from arboreta, public gardens and campuses throughout the Philadelphia region who share information, ideas, and best practices for managing the land under their purview. Since 2013, Julie is also an adjunct instructor for Green vs. Gray: Improving and Sustaining Urban Ecosystems at Temple University in the Department Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.
Linda Walczak, PLA, ASLA
TEND landscape inc.
Linda is a registered landscape architect with a background in horticulture, historic preservation, and design for residential, institutional, and urban projects. She has held positions at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, where she focused on the design and care of public landscapes and green stormwater infrastructure, and at traditional landscape architecture firms
in the U.S. and abroad. Throughout her career, Linda has been involved with the practical concerns of maintaining gardens, which influences her view on design and installation practices. As a founding principal of TEND landscape inc., Linda continues to champion best practices in design, installation, and maintenance. She teaches and lectures at institutions in the Philadelphia region.
CEUs being sought for this tour.