Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival Features Eco-Alley

Eco Alley 2010This weekend, Chestnut Hill hosts its 17th annual Home and Garden Festival. The free event features a activities, amusements, and vendors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eat from restaurants up and down Germantown Avenue while listening to live music and browsing a wide selection of plants, gardening accessories, furniture, jewelry, and other handmade goods from over 150 artists, craftsmen and vendors. Amusement rides, face painting and arts and crafts activities for kids make this event blossom into an all day celebration for the whole neighborhood.

For the fourth year in a row, the festival will also be featuring Eco Alley, a stretch of the street dedicated to green projects and vendors. The Eco Alley, sponsored by PECO Smart Ideas, features vendors offering sustainable products from organic plants to repurposed furniture. The Alley is organized by Green in Chestnut Hill (GRinCH) and has quickly become a highlight of the festival. Building upon the success of the Book FreeCycle event last year, GRinCH is bringing it back and adding a Shoe Recycle to this year’s Eco Alley. Books and shoes can be dropped off at the W. Highland Ave branch of Valley Green Bank Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Then stop by the Eco Alley of W. Highland Ave on Sunday to help yourself to interesting books for free! Shoes are recycled by ShoeBox Recycling and provided as affordable footwear to those in need.

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GRinCH to support young sustainability leaders with Green Warrior grant program

In an effort to promote environmental stewardship and community involvement among youths in their neighborhood, the Green in Chestnut Hill (GRinCH) service group is currently accepting applications for their Green Warrior Student Grant Program. Whether it’s a one-day park clean-up event, a year-long composting initiative, or something as simple as recycling bins for school, GRinCH will award grants of up to $500 to help local students and student groups contribute to a greener, cleaner Chestnut Hill. There is no minimum grant amount.

Who should apply:

  • Students up to Grade 12 attending Chestnut Hill schools
  • Chestnut Hill school or after‐school clubs
  • School‐aged residents of Chestnut Hill

Applications for the first round of grants are due by Friday, March 1, 2013. To request the grant application and guidelines, or to donate to the grant program, contact GRinCH at: For more information on GRinCH, visit

PEGGY PAUL is a freelance editor, writer, and recipe developer (and part-time produce peddler) living in Philadelphia. On her blog, she shares seasonal recipes, cooking tips and inspirations.

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Jennie Love, owner of the Mt. Airy floral boutique Love ’n Fresh Flowers, describes her business as “far from traditional.” Operated out of Love’s home studio and garden, Love ’n Fresh sells only flowers grown within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia. In fact, Love grows most of them herself. 

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