Kensington tulip garden wins big

One loc­al man turned a once va­cant lot in­to a col­or­ful sym­bol of neigh­bor­hood growth and pos­it­ive change. 

  • Little Emma plays in Joe Caltagirone’s award-winning garden on Tulip Street in Kensington. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / STAR PHOTO

A neigh­bor­hood oas­is: Twenty years ago, loc­al res­id­ent Joe Calta­girone cre­ated a tulip garden out of a formerly va­cant lot, at Tulip and East Cum­ber­land streets. This month, he won first prize in the Com­munity Flower Gar­dens cat­egory of the Pennsylvania Hor­ti­cul­tur­al So­ci­ety’s 2013 City Gar­dens Con­test. Calta­girone was honored on Sept. 21 at the PHS Fall Garden Fest­iv­al at the Phil­adelphia Navy Yard. Said Calta­girone of his win: “We are very proud and ex­cited. It was truly un­ex­pec­ted.” 

See our ori­gin­al story on the garden here. 

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