Archive for May, 2009

Find Your Happy Place

May 26, 2009

DSC_0175I recently read a review for a book that ties in perfectly with the upcoming Flower Show theme. Written by Jerry Camarillo, it’s called “My Favorite Place on Earth: Celebrated People Share Their Travel Discoveries.”

Each chapter highlights a different noteworthy person and the place they love most. For instance, actor Morgan Freeman opines about the Caribbean, whereas film executive Sherry Lansing gushes about Venice, Italy.  Others, including Jerry Seinfeld, Loretta Lynn, and Sandra Day O’Connor, prefer places close to home and close to their hearts.

Memorable locations both near and far will be incorporated into the 2010 Show, Passport to the World, allowing many exhibitors to bring their favorite place to life. Let us know about your own personal Eden by leaving a comment below!

Update on Passport to the World

May 22, 2009
From Jacques Amand

From Jacques Amand

The 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show will treat visitors to an exotic journey with the theme, Passport to the World, opening February 28 to March 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Show will transport visitors to dozens of destinations covering the globe. Among the most impressive will be India, a land of colors, textures, scents and sounds that will come to life amid a shower of flowers in an Indian wedding scene. The Netherlands, with its rainbow of blooms, will be portrayed in a floating flower market filled with over 100,000 blooms. The natural wonders of South Africa will be captured in flowers that depict the vivid colors and patterns of costumes of the Zulu. The Amazon jungle of Brazil will unfold in an otherworldly canopy of sparkling waterfalls, tropical flora and exotic wildlife. Singapore, the “Pearl of Asia,” will be presented in a luminescent tribute to the orchid, and New Zealand, a rugged land of beauty, will explode with color and imagination inspired by the wild flora and traditions of the native Maori.

Guests will be treated daily to internationally inspired dance and musical performances, a World Bazaar of exotic and decorative shops, as well as an International Wine and Spirits Garden in the Show’s Grand Hall.


Calling All City Gardeners

May 21, 2009


Hi City Dwellers:

We all know the Philadelphia Flower Show is the hottest horticultural competition around but there’s another show down in town this summer, PHS’ annual City Gardens Contest. Compete for the best container garden, window box and more. Go ahead, give it a shot. The deadline is June 30. For more info, visit here.

Attend the City Gardening Series

May 18, 2009


Are you considering exhibiting at the 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show? It’s not as daunting as it seems, and it’s terrific fun! To help you on your way, try attending the PHS City Gardening Series. This ongoing offering of free programs may help you cultivate a blue-ribbon winning entry! Click on the listings below to learn more. 

Color in the Garden – Monday, May 18.  6:30 pm. Holmesburg Free Library.

Gardening with Annuals – Wednesday, May 20. 6 pm. David Cohen Ogontz Branch, Free Library.

All About Roses – Saturday, May 23.  11 am. Dickinson Square Park, Parson’s Building.

Herbs 101 – Saturday, May 23.  2 pm.  Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Free Library.

The City Gardening Series is generously supported through a collaborative partnership with Chanticleer…A Pleasure Garden in Wayne, PA.

Green Makeover for City Hall

May 14, 2009


City Hall is going to look GREAT next week after more than 80 volunteers plant annuals, perennials and shrubs around the recently restored exterior as part of PHS’s 18 annual City Hall in Bloom event. This year’s focus will be on a more sustainable landscape. That said, some 30 boxwood grown for Subaru of America Inc. ‘s exhibit at the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show will be re-purposed for the event. Thanks, Subaru!

Woman Won

May 13, 2009
Jane P. portrait

Congratulations, Jane!

Jane Pepper, who as head of PHS oversees the Philadelphia Flower Show and Philadelphia Green, was recently honored with the 2009 WOMAN ONE award from Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership for her contributions to the community and to the cause of women’s leadership.

She received the award at an April 27 fundraising event, which supports medical school scholarships for talented minority women who plan to become physicians in medically underserved communities.

Past winners have included Stephanie Naidoff (’08), Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. (’07), Suzanne Roberts (’06); Dawn Staley (’05); Leslie Anne Miller (’04); and Estelle Richman (’03);

“Jane Pepper’s qualifications are superb,” Institute Director Lynn Yeakel said in a press release. “She combines vision with sensitivity in setting an example for other leaders to follow. Like our previous six honorees, she is a model for our 11 WOMAN ONE scholars.”

Go Jane!

See Jane on YouTube and here.

Spring Suggestions from Michael Petrie

May 12, 2009


I recently visited Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens in Downingtown, PA. If you attended the Flower Show this year, you’ll remember Handmade Gardens as the creator of the funky, nearly fluorescent painted tree seen here (at right).IMG_1541

Now entering its second year in operation, the retail plant nursery, garden shop, and landscape design business is going strong and attracting a wide clientele. Michael and his business partner Sue Phillips pride themselves on offering unusual annuals and perennials, as well as found objects, antiques, and art.

When we spoke, Michael gladly offered some tips for Mid-Atlantic gardeners.


Gardening with Less

May 11, 2009


I enjoyed an online feature in the New York Times this weekend on survival strategies for “Living with Less.”   Readers offered all kinds of simple tips on how to save money, and it got me thinking about gardening. After purchasing a few bags of soil, herbs, a hanging begonia, and paper recycling bags this weekend, I’d certainly love some tips on how to keep the gardening costs down this season.

What are your own strategies for the economic downturn? Ask us a question or share some of your advice!

Hi Jamie!

May 8, 2009

Flower Show exhibitor Jamie Rothstein and her daughter Joy were two of the more than 300 guests who attended PHS’s Azalea Garden party last night. The annual party raises funds for year-round maintenance of the Azalea Garden, located in Fairmount Park just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The four-acre garden is a project of the PHS’ Philadelphia Green program and has been revitalized and maintained through the dedication and cooperation of PHS, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount Park Commission and countless volunteers.

Friday Flashback 3

May 8, 2009


How can you not love this photo? Once again the McLean Library has come through and unearthed this image from the 1970 Flower Show. Here the horticultural sweepstakes winner, Joy Mackinney, is smooching her well-earned trophy at the annual awards luncheon. Photographer Edmund B. Gilchrist has certainly captured the dedication and passion that makes growing for the Flower Show such a rewarding process. I’m sure exhibitors of today — nearly 40 years later — can appreciate Ms. Mackinney’s moment of bliss.

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