About

Tilling the Land at the Royal Gardens in Philadelphia

On Saturday, October 29, 2005, Nicole Chandler decided to take back her neighborhood soil and turn it into something wonderful.

Nicole, the driving force behind the Philadelphia Royal Garden Association

Nicole, the driving force behind the Philadelphia Royal Garden Association

Living across the street from the open lands area of Morris Park, Chandler realized the overgrowth of invasive planting materials and illegal dumping was not a view of the community she wished to see out her window. To change the landscape she took action to:
• Create a Master Planting Plan
• Become a park adopter through the Fairmount Park Commission

Since her realization, Chandler has restored her neighborhood park into a serenity garden and outdoor educational environmental center for the seventeen schools within a one-mile radius of the park.

A lot of hard work has gone into cultivating the Royal Gardens, including:

The Philadelphia Royal Garden Association beautifies the area around Cobbs Creek Golf Course

The Royal Garden Association beautifies the area around Cobbs Creek Golf Course

Clearing over 110 tons of debris
• Weeding invasive plants
• Creating several perennial garden beds
• Caring for trees and shrubs that are native to Pennsylvania
• Building a gateway entrance using a row of flowering cherry trees
• Planting a vegetable garden
• Implementing organic gardening and composting methods
• Nurturing a riparian area

Planting the Seeds

After beautifying this area, Nicole’s vision became vivid to all who passed the garden. Her vision has recruited over 5,000 volunteers who have helped Royal Gardens Association expand to remove invasive plants and debris and reopen for the community natural spaces at:
• The perimeter of the Cobbs Creek Golf Course
• The Rose Recreation Center

A Dream in Full Bloom

Companion Gardening with Natives, Ornamentals, & Perennials at the Philadelphia Royal Garden Association

Companion Gardening with Natives, Ornamentals, & Perennials at the Philadelphia Royal Garden Association

To continue our mission of restoring the green space in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia, in 2007 the Royal Gardens Association became the Philadelphia Chapter of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Through this organization we:

• Became known as Keep Royal Gardens Beautiful
• Took on the mission to empower Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful

A special thank you goes to all of our community supporters:

• Fairmount Park Conservacy DSC_0260
•  Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
• Keep Philadelphia Beautiful
• Philadelphia Water Department Waterways Restoration
• United Way
• Comcast
• Friends of Cobbscreek
• Villanova University
• Royal Gardens Association
• Many Local Universities & High Schools
• Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
• Fenney’s Wholesale Nursery