Archive for September, 2009

Philadelphia Flower Show Wins Six International Awards

September 28, 2009

Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney

The 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Bella Italia,” received six awards for excellence at an international convention of festival and special event organizers on Sept. 23.
The Flower Show, produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, was honored in a variety of programming and promotional categories. Among the recipients of the top prizes was Philadelphia Green, PHS’ nationally renowned urban revitalization program.
The professional competition, presented by the International Festivals & Events Association, draws entries from around the world. Winners were announced at the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held during the association’s 54th annual convention in Boise, Idaho.

Art Institute of Philadelphia Student Designers to Participate in Flower Show

September 23, 2009


Thirty-year-old Tanti Lina is adding a new title to her collection. 

The Overbrook Park resident, who owns her own floral design business, Papertini, will serve as one of two volunteer “Dress Advisors” at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Passport to the World.”

“With my wedding floral design work, I have to follow people’s wishes and sometimes restrict the art,” Lina said. “At the Flower Show, I get to play a lot more and I love that.”

New at the Show this year, exhibitors will be creating flower arrangements inspired by dresses made by students from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The theme for the class is “On Top of the World.” The exhibitors, who will be randomly assigned a dress, will meet with the student designers come January.  

TantiLina2Lina, who has participated in the Show for the last three years, will help the exhibitors walk through the process and offer her own advice.

“Don’t think too much. If you think too much, you’ll over do it,” she said. “Sometimes less is more.”


CSX kicks off “Trees for Tracks” with PHS

September 22, 2009

The nation’s third largest railway and its leading authority on urban revitalization are joining forces  this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to  noon to transform an asphalt playground at the Albert M. Greenfield School into a safe and green space.

The collaboration between CSX and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, will serve as the official launch of the railway’s “Trees for Tracks” program that promises to plant 21,000 trees, or one tree for each mile of CSX track, in the next five years.


PHS Participates in National Park(ing) Day

September 18, 2009


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society built a mini park – taking up two parking spaces – in front of its headquarters today as part of National Park(ing) Day to promote the importance of city parks.

IMG_2370Students from Russell Byers Charter School came for story time shortly before noon. Even Mayor Michael Nutter passed through on his way to a meeting.

Park(ing) Day, sponsored by the Trust for Public Land, is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

One of more than 30 organizations in Philadelphia that participated, PHS hosted a park at 20th and Arch streets with the theme: “1/100th of an Acre Wood.” The site featured Gold Medal plants, trees, shrubs, games, a swing and a story corner.

PHS’s Philadelphia Green program works year round to improve urban parks in the region. The Philadelphia International Flower Show is a fundraiser for Philadelphia Green.

Special thanks go to AIA Philadelphia, which coordinated the event in Philadelphia this year. To learn more about Park(ing) Day, please visit

To watch a Park(ing) Day video by the Daily News, click here.

What kind of Topiary will Irwin Landscaping Create for the 2010 Flower Show?

September 15, 2009

It is a wonderful design dilemma, says Peter Irwin, owner of the Hockessin, Del.-based company that will exhibit in the Flower Show for its third year this year.

In 2008, for the New Orleans-inspired Show, “Jazz it Up!” Irwin did alligators and frogs. In 2009, for the Italian-inspired Show, “Bella Italia,” Irwin did large wine bottles.


Artistic Harvest in the Flower Show Marketplace

September 11, 2009
Artist Jan Kirsh put final touches on a clay fig.

Artist Jan Kirsh put final touches on a clay fig.

A giant marble pepper. A bronze pear. A 7-foot leek.

Jan Kirsh doesn’t grow run-of-the-mill produce.

The artist creates beautiful and whimsical fruits and vegetables in various mediums and sizes for interior spaces or outdoor gardens. A fresh crop of her work will be harvested for the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, which will be  her first visit to the horticultural Marketplace at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.Pear in Bronze Jan Kirsh (more…)

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