Archive for January, 2009

Enjoy The Flower Show With Children

January 26, 2009
Families enjoy daily activities in the Flower Show's Family Lounge.

Families enjoy daily activities in the Flower Show's Family Lounge.

The Philadelphia Flower Show makes it easy to bring the entire family to this world-class event.

  • Purchase Specially Priced Tickets. The Family Fun Pak includes tickets for two adults, two children, and a free one-year membership to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, all for $65 (a savings of $5 off advance tickets alone). Tickets for children (ages 2 -16) are available for $13. Student tickets (ages 17-24) are available at the Show box office with valid ID for $17. (more…)

Fashion Inspired By Italy Captures Spotlight At Philadelphia Flower Show

January 26, 2009

Moore College of Art's Fashion Show for their collaboration with the Flower ShowFashion will flourish at the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Bella Italia,” March 1-8, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

A Piazza of handmade men’s shoes, women’s handbags and belts, and Italian suits offers a bit of authentic Italian style to a range of special displays inspired by Italy. The Piazza is located in two areas of the Show just outside the entrance to the Exhibit Halls and in the Grand Hall. See Show Guide for map. (more…)

Tour: Flower Show Behind the Scenes

January 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 10 am-12 Noon

One of Meadowbrook's greenhouses just before the ShowHow do all those plants flower out-of-season at the Philadelphia Flower Show? It’s a combination of art and science, and it has its successes and challenges. The magic happens at Meadowbrook Farm. Join John Story as he leads us through the greenhouses, highlighting the unusual plants he is growing for the displays you will see at Bella Italia in just a few weeks. You will see it first here, and learn all the fascinating intricate details that are addressed on a daily basis, a horticultural balancing act that has to be ready for Opening Day on March 1. Fee: $18 PHS members, $23 non-members.

Evening Lecture: Italian Gardens: Roman Origins, Renaissance Expressions and American Reflections

January 26, 2009
Presented by Harriet Henderson
Open to the public and members

With the 2009 Flower Show celebrating Bella Italia, get in the mood with this enchanting look at Italian gardens through history, with special emphasis on the enormous influence Italianate garden features have had on gardens around the world, and specifically in America.

Harriet Henderson is a landscape architect and architect, and she practices western and Asian design as a principal of Cushing & Henderson. She lectures widely about garden design and history, teaches garden history at the Barnes Foundation and has traveled to Italy to study the Italian garden tradition. She has had the unique opportunity to design a large Italianate garden at Felicita near Harrisburg, PA.

The McLean Library will be open until 5:45 pm this evening. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and light refreshments and wine.


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 North 20th Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
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Members: $10
Non Members: $20

Joe Cugliotta Returns to His Italian Roots For Flower Show’s Central Feature

January 26, 2009

Artist's rendering of the entrance to the Flower ShowJ. Cugliotta Landscape/Nursery has been a vital part of the Philadelphia Flower Show since the early 1980s, and owner Joe Cugliotta explains that he keeps coming back for a variety of reasons:

“From a business standpoint, it’s a great form of advertising, and a great way to showcase our work. Plus, there’s all the prestige of being in the largest and longest running show of its kind in the world. (more…)

2009 Philadelphia Flower Show to Celebrate “Bella Italia”

January 26, 2009
A garden display by Meadowbrook Farm

A garden display by Meadowbrook Farm

The landscapes, gardens and culture of Italy, which have enchanted visitors and artists for centuries, will serve as inspiration for the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show theme, “Bella Italia.” The celebration of the natural beauty, art, food, music and people of Italy will be held March 1-8, 2009, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society produces the Flower Show, which is the major fundraiser for PHS’ Philadelphia Green, one of the most comprehensive urban revitalization programs in the nation.

The Entrance Garden of the 2009 Show will capture the majesty of ancient Rome with its formal gardens of statuary, topiary, manicured hedges and tiered plantings. Show exhibitors will also pay tribute to the many distinctive regions and cities of Italy:

  • Liguria, Venezia – Milan and its fashion district, as seen through innovative floral designs; The Lake Region, characterized by its lush estates and countryside; Venice, the floating city, experienced through dancing fountains, cobblestone and glistening glass; and the Italian Riviera, the resort paradise of San Remo, evoked in a flower-filled dreamscape.


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