Archive for October, 2009

World Bazaar Coming to Flower Show!

October 26, 2009

bazaarIn keeping with this year’s Flower Show theme, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is creating a new shopping area called the World Bazaar.

The Bazaar, which will be located directly across from the Main Show entrance at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will hold a bustling international market that will delight and inspire visitors with exotic items for sale from around the world.

Stay tuned for more details! For more info on all shopping at the Show, click here.

Proceeds from the Philadelphia International Flower Show make it possible for The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to pursue many activities that benefit its members and the community, including its Philadelphia Green neighborhood greening and public landscapes projects.

PHS Announces Greening Champions Across Pa., Del., and N.J.

October 26, 2009

The Young Life of the Steel Valley Community Garden in Homestead, Pa. earned a Community Greening Award. The former vacant and trash-strewn brownfield site connects to the Homestead Business District and serves as a location for job readiness training for at-risk youth.


Young Life Youth are learning landscaping and horticulture skills.

You’ve heard about the City Gardens Contest. Now it’s time to release the winners of PHS’s  Community Greening Award, which honors greening champions across Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

The award recognizes individuals, garden clubs, civic associations, businesses, municipalities and community groups who have created and maintained public green spaces that enhance their communities.

“We would like to congratulate all of the Community Greening Award participants for the impact they have made in their communities,” said Blaine Bonham, executive vice president of PHS.  “Studies show quality green spaces enhance the health, beauty and economic vitality of an area and often serve as meeting places. This award represents a mark of excellence.”


Young Friends Learn about Hungry Plants

October 21, 2009

carnivorous-plantAnyone who enters plants in the Philadelphia International Flower Show may be curious to learn more about the most sinister members of the horticultural world: carnivorous plants! Join the PHS Young Friends on November 6 from 6 pm to 9 pm when the group will get up close and personal with the freaky and fascinating species.

Young Friends will meet at the Chemical Heritage Foundation to view the ‘sLowlife’ exhibit, where CHF staff will share spectacular stories and lead a carnivorous plant feeding demonstration. You will also get tips on how to care for and house these hungry creatures. Afterwards, celebrate fall with PHS Young Friends over drinks at National Mechanics!

RSVP by sending an email to The exhibit is free and the event is open to any and everyone.

Sneak Peek – Visit to Flower Show award winner Michael Bruce’s house

October 21, 2009

Submission by guest blogger – Leslie Ferebee, PHS Sr. Shows Special Events Coordinator

Michael Bruce Demo Overhead

Michael demonstrates how an artichoke will make a perfect addition to his fall arrangement.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, award-winning Flower Show Major Floral Exhibitor Michael Bruce hosted a committee visit to his house in Westmont, New Jersey. The event was titled “Proper Props: Plants in Pots – Making Garden Rooms.” Michael wanted us to see his gardens and share with us tips and tricks for using “props” in your garden.  (more…)

How to Enter the Flower Show

October 20, 2009

Techophilaea sp. - Ray Rogers

If you’ve never entered the Flower Show but have always been interested, here’s a quick quide on how to exhibit plants at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show.

First of all, it’s easy, and anyone can enter! You don’t have to be a member of PHS (although members do get a fabulous plant each year as one of the many member benefits) or a garden club in order to enter plants in the Show. There is no fee to enter the competition.

Plants must be ready for “prime time.” If you have a spectacular plant—with many blooms, well-shaped leaves, or unusual characteristics—it could be a candidate. At the Show, plants are judged on healthy growth, grooming, distinctiveness and maturity. The rarity of a plant, or how difficult it is to grow, may also factor in the judging.

Many friendly, experienced volunteers will be on hand at the Show to help you through the entry process.

Most importantly, have fun! You are part of a tradition that started in 1829!


Calling All Store-Front Businessses

October 20, 2009

The Bourse

The 2010 International Flower Show is looking for entrants for its 15th Annual Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest. Be a part of the fun!

“Passport to the World,” to be held Feb. 28- March 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will take visitors on an exotic journey to dozens of destinations around the globe.

For more information and to download an entry form, please visit the here  or contact Laura Hoover at

Proceeds of the Flower Show go to Philadelphia Green, PHS’s acclaimed program and the nation’s largest comprehensive community greening program that serves as a model for cities across the U.S.

Flower Show Week generates an economic impact of $35 million for the City of Philadelphia.

Getting Ready for the Black-Tie Preview Party

October 20, 2009

From top to bottom: PHS Council Chair John Ball and his wife, Elinor, Preview Party Committee Chair Roberta Dranoff and her husband, Carl, PHS President Jane Pepper, Flower Show Executive Committee member Barbara Meyers, and Prevew Party Vice-Chair Linda Galante.

Against the backdrop of the city skyline, Carl and Roberta Dranoff hosted a cocktail reception for the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show Preview Party Committee at their Symphony House home on Oct. 18.

Guests enjoyed the view, sipped on cocktails, feasted on food catered by The Frog Commissary and learned details of the 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show “Passport to the World.”

The committee helps to plan the black-tie event that benefits PHS’s Philadelphia Green program. The Party will be held Saturday Feb. 27, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  For more info on the party, please visit here.


Flower Show Tickets Make Great Gifts!

October 19, 2009


E- tickets to the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Passport to the World,” are now available online!  Special ticket prices are available for students, families, groups and more. Save by buying in advance.

Don’t forget, Flower Show tickets make great gifts. Gift-givers can now personalize each ticket with a name or gift message.  Enjoy!

The Greenest Blocks in Town …

October 16, 2009

Delores Cookey of Fanshawe Street. The 1300 Block of Fanshawe Street won an honorable mention for the greenest block in town category in PHS's 35th annual City Gardens Contest.

We can’t get enough of the City Gardens Contest  around here. The winners were  announced recently and each will be honored at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show.  Here are a few of the gardens:


Renegade Urban Farmer and Floral Designer Bailey Hale

October 16, 2009

Read about Flower Show exhibitor Bailey Hale of MODA Botanica on the Keystone Edge, an online PA business magazine.

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