Archive for March, 2009

2009 Flower Show Draws Raves and Crowds

March 27, 2009

“Bella Italia,” the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show, welcomed 251,000 visitors from March 1 to 8, and broke a Flower Show single-day record by hosting 48,000 guests on Saturday, March 7. The attendance figures were all the more impressive considering the winter storm that brought 10 inches of snow to parts of the Philadelphia region on Monday, March 2.


Produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and presented by PNC, the Show raised more than $1 million for Philadelphia Green, PHS’s nationally acclaimed urban revitalization program.


Budding Poets

March 27, 2009

Just sharing some poetry written by Green City Youth seventh graders at St. Francis Xavier after their 2009 Flower Show visit. The passage below is called  “Fish, Fashion, and Flowers” by Amanda Lee.

“Green everywhere Beauty in the air Opera singing Fashion blinging Flash! Splash! Dash!”….  

From “Beautiful Flower” by Shaheem Bynum  

“…. filling my senses with warmth. Pulling the harsh cold snow away from my heart Overflowing my eyes with sunbeams of hope. Between my mind and my dreams….

List of Awards

March 26, 2009

The Williamson exhibit

The Williamson exhibit

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Flower Show Award for Best in Show in the following categories

Showcase Gardens: American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)
Display Garden – Floral: MODA botanica
Display Garden – Landscape: Jacques Amand, The Bulb Specialists
Invitational: The Men’s Garden Club of Philadelphia
Academic Education: The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
Nonacademic Education: U.S. EPA Region III
Plant Societies: Delaware Valley Fern and Wildflower Society


Budding Artists

March 26, 2009
I don't know art, but I know what I like.

I don't know art, but I know what I like.

Italy has traditionally been home to some rather inspired artists (da Vinci and Michelangelo come to mind).  But we in Philadelphia have some promising talents too. Take a look at these drawings created by students of the William McKinley School following their visit to the Flower Show. 

You can also click here to learn about PHS’s outstanding Green City Youth program, in which McKinley kids and dozens more learn about the importance of the natural world.  


My Flower Show Scrapbook

March 23, 2009

I’m not a professional photographer, but during the Flower Show my camera is at my side at all times. After all, you never know what you’re going to see.  Below are a few of my favorite snapshots.

Did you catch this ostrich-inspired handbag in Hall B? It's hard to believe it's made entirely of plant materials.

Did you catch this ostrich-inspired handbag in Hall B? It's hard to believe it's made of plant materials.


Take Home the Memories

March 13, 2009


The official 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show DVD is available for purchase.  If you want to re-live the experience, revisit your favorite exhibits, and just emerse yourself in the world of Bella Italia, the DVD—also available on VHS—is a must. Visit here to fill out the order form.

When it arrives in your mailbox, I recommend you invite over some friends, boil a pot of pasta, crack open a bottle of wine, and allow yourself to be transported back to the Show floor (minus the crowds!). In addition to stunning footage, you’ll also get to see behind-the-scenes stories as to how the exhibitors come up with their elaborate creations. 

Fill out the order form to get a copy of your own. Ciao!

Grace’s First Flower Show

March 12, 2009


I always enjoy hearing about other people’s Flower Show experiences. Below is the story of a mother and daughter making great memories at the Show.

I received two tickets to the Flower Show this year, so I put a bow around them and gave them to my daughter, Grace, for her birthday, complete with a (secret) plan to go to sushi dinner before hand. God forbid the brothers know she’s getting something extra!

The day of the show I got home from work and Grace was all set in a skirt and new yellow polka-dot shoes (also a birthday gift). On the subway we talked about what her expectations were for the show…she wanted to know was it a sit-down kind of show where they present you different flowers? I told her that when we walked into the convention center, to let me know if it was what she was picturing, or something completely different.


2010 Show Theme Announced: Passport to the World, a Flower-filled Celebration

March 11, 2009



The Philadelphia Flower Show will present an international bouquet of exhibits in 2010 called Passport to the World. The Show, which will be held Feb. 28 to March 7, will use international celebrations to highlight the flowers unique to each region.

The entrance garden will raise up America’s love of flower and vegetable gardening, showcasing plants and produce in ways you’ve never seen before. The six Showcase Gardens will feature:

+ the excitement of Brazil’s Carnivale with exotic tropicals

+ Singapore’s garden festival with an amazing display of orchids

+ Holland’s flower fields with a rainbow of bulbs and cut blooms

+ A beautiful recreation of India’s lavish wedding ceremonies with roses, marigold leis, lotus and elephants

+ South Africa’s heritage festival of native tribes and unique flora and fauna

+ and New Zealand’s garden festival, with its distinct plants and flowers.  

The 2010 Flower Show also will include music, food and wines from around the world.

The Philadelphia Flower Show, the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind, is produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and presented by PNC Bank. PHS has more than 15,000 members and offers gardening programs year-round. The Flower Show is a major fundraiser for Philadelphia Green, the PHS program that restores neighborhood parks, creates community gardens, revitalizes vacant land, and maintains treasured public landscapes.

For more information about the Philadelphia Flower Show and PHS, please visit



Rock Out in the Garden

March 11, 2009


Remember this Hall B display? The North American Rock Garden Society recognized how the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy would be the perfect backdrop to their alpine house display. Ken Wiggall said, “What’s great about rock gardening is that we get to use a multitude of plants. This year we’re really focusing on alpines.”

Click here to learn more about rock gardening.

The EPA is AOK!

March 11, 2009


An all-volunteer contingent designed, built, and forced the flowers for this exhibit of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (region three). Jeff Lapp of the EPA said that this display was meant to convey the importance of protecting the region’s resources. “Even small streams lead to big rivers. We want people to understand and appreciate headwaters.” The exhibit’s plant list included river birch, blueberries, and other wetland wonders.

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