Archive for August, 2009

Robertson’s Plans ‘Tulipmania’ at Flower Show

August 31, 2009
Robertson's COO Lisa Roth and designer Eric Schellack plan to recreate scenes from Dutch life in their exhibit at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Robertson's COO Lisa Roth and designer Eric Schellack plan to recreate scenes from Dutch life in their exhibit at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

When visitors to the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show approach the exhibit presented by Robertson’s Flowers, they will be dazzled by a rainbow of blooms from the Netherlands. The display — tentatively titled “Tulipmania” — will recreate scenes from Dutch life, infused with flowers, explains Robertson’s chief operating officer Lisa Roth.


Plant of the Month: Bananas!

August 25, 2009

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Many of you may know that the majority of plants displayed at the Flower Show are forced into season at a gem of a place, a garden center and gift shop called Meadowbrook Farm in Abington Township, Pa.

Well, Meadowbrook’s plant-of-the-month for August is bananas, which are fun and easy to care for in a container.

From the wonderful experts at Meadowbrook Farm:


New Boutique, Blog and Classes at Beautiful Blooms

August 17, 2009

Beautiful Blooms's award-winning exhibit in 2009

Many of you may remember the strikingly beautiful exhibit by newcomer Beautiful Blooms at the Flower Show last year. The Northern Liberties-based company has recently opened a new boutique at Liberties Walk and has launched a new design blog. The BB team is  also hosting floral design classes this fall. Check them out at 1021 North Third Street.

Stay tuned for snippets of what creative director and owner Donna O’Brien will be doing for the 2010 Show.

Philadelphia Green Leaders Take Their Show on the Road

August 12, 2009
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A "cleaned and greened" vacant lot at Woodland and Yewdall in West Philly. To date, Philadelphia Green has stabilized more than 7 million square feet of former derelict land. Proceeds of the Philadelphia International Flower Show go to Philadelphia Green.

The expertise, experience and wisdom gained from decades of urban revitalization by Philadelphia Green are applicable to many situations and cities. The leaders of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s urban greening program are now sharing their lessons learned and best practices with communities around the country.

Read about how Cleveland would like to emulate PG’s vacant land program in this article.


Delegates from South Korea Visit PHS

August 11, 2009
Delegates from Korean Local Government Center America met with Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney left and PR Manager Alan Jaffe to learn about the world's largest indoor flower show.

Delegates from the South Korean Embassy met with Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney (left) and PR Manager Alan Jaffe (far right) to learn about the world's largest indoor flower show.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society received a visit from delegates from six different regions of the South Korean government Aug. 10 as they came to inquire about the history and operation of the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser, the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

“We were very interested in the long history of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and we hope to join you in the next Philadelphia International Flower Show,” said Eunmi Jang, Assistant Director of the Korea Local Government Center America (KLAFIR, America) based in New York. “It is amazing how a non-profit can run such a huge event so successfully. We will try to adopt your best practices in the plans for our future shows.”

Proceeds of The Philadelphia International Flower Show, which attracts 250,000 visitors to the city each year, go to support PHS’s outreach programs including its renowned urban greening program, Philadelphia Green.


Read about Michael Bruce’s dislike of lawns

August 10, 2009

A recent feature in the Courier Post shared Flower Show exhibitor Michael Bruce’s take on the alternative to lawn care.

Calling Young Friends to Volunteer

August 7, 2009


PHS is looking for young adults (18 -40) to participate in its greening activities and at the Flower Show as volunteers and enthusiastic supporters. If you or someone in your family would like to become a part of PHS Young Friends, please contact us at

Stay tuned for upcoming fall events!

As far as volunteering at the Philadelphia International Flower Show Feb. 28-March 7, 2010, contact Betty Greene (215-988-8826; Betty will connect you with the appropriate Flower Show chairperson. The chairperson will call you with the schedule in November. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

TIP: Folks who can volunteer for two or more 3-hour shifts are given preference.

To learn more about Young Friends, click here.



givingdirectionsINFONET (People Persons Wanted): Create a lasting first impression as you welcome and direct visitors as they arrive and navigate around the Flower Show. You must attend an orientation and training at the PA Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at either 10 a.m. or 6 p.m.

ShoppeFLOWER SHOW SHOPPE: From cashier-ing to stocking shelves to setting up, the Flower Show Shoppe is a busy and exciting place. This year, we’ll have two locations in the exhibition hall. Cashiers are especially needed after 5 p.m. Strength to lift heavy boxes is needed for stocking. A training will be scheduled in February.


Five Questions for Maudelin Alston

August 6, 2009




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Maudelin's 2nd place winner in the small niche category last year. The design was inspired by a post card.

MummytouchupMeet Maudelin. You may have seen her in the echoed halls of the Pennsylvania Convention Center early in the morning. Or pouring over lists at the shows office at PHS headquarters. She is the volunteer chair of the Arrangement Classes for the Philadelphia International Flower Show.  Hi Maudelin.

How did you first become interested in gardening?

It really began with my love of color. I was fascinated by the range of color and various shades one can bring to a garden. I became involved with PHS and the Show through my garden club, the Moorestown Garden Club. The club has a long relationship with PHS. It continues to encourage and inspire members to be a part of the Show in a variety of ways.

What is your favorite part of the Flower Show?

My favorite part is opening day. When the entries have been placed and everyone’s gone, I’m in awe when I look at it all. I enjoy witnessing how everyone’s effort, excitement and commitment comes together to make a wonderful Show.


Congratulations, Julia!

August 6, 2009
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PNC President Bill Mills, Julia Badulak, and PHS President Jane Pepper.

Our former Flower Show intern, Julia Badulak, has just landed a job at the Urban Outfitters’ corporate office in Philadelphia.

Julia, who graduated with a degree in marketing from St. Joseph’s University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business in the spring, worked with our public relations and marketing department from November through May.

Julia was instrumental in garnering participation in the Flower Show’s annual Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest in which area businesses compete in a number of categories. This year, businesses will tie into the “Passport to the World” theme.

For more information on the contest, please contact Laura Hoover  at and check the Flower Show website for updates.

Members’ Day Open House

August 4, 2009

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You don’t have to be a member of PHS to come enjoy Members’ Day and check out all that PHS has to offer, including shopping and even an auction featuring specimen plants and props from past Flower Show exhibits!

PHS Members’ Day will be held September 12 at The Navy Yard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members’ Day is a fun-filled day for the entire family, including:

  • Music, children’s activities, and horticultural demonstrations
  • A marketplace with an array of plants, garden accessories, and PHS merchandise
  • A live auction at 1:30, featuring specimen plants and props from past Flower Show exhibits (credit cards accepted)
  • NEW! The Young Friends of PHS will collect horticultural plastics (HDPE pots, PS inserts, PP trays, etc.) throughout the day for recycling. CLEAN and DRY horticultural plastics may be dropped off at the designated Young Friends Recycling area from 10 am to 4 pm.

The day will also feature exciting lectures and demonstrations on horticultural topics beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m., and local plant societies will be on hand.

In the Membership Tent, members who renew (regardless of expiration date) and members’ guests who join PHS that day will receive free daffodil bulbs

Be sure to stop at the Gold Medal tent, where you can purchase exceptional plants that have been recognized with the PHS Gold Medal Plant Award. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will answer your questions.


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