Archive for December, 2009

Like Project Runway with Flowers!

December 31, 2009

Greek inspired papier-matche dress

Fashion design students at the Art Institute of Philadelphia will get to see their designs come alive at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show.  From Guatemala to Egypt to Japan, dresses inspired by 10 countries will be featured as part of “Passport to the World” in Hall B.

The students’ garments were first modeled for Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney in December. The chosen designs will be paired with floral designs from the area’s best who will interpret the dresses into blossoming displays.

Sixteen dresses were chosen based on texture, color and overall design.  Every dress represents a country and each student had to use one “untraditional” material in one of their dresses.

“I remember doing these kinds of projects in design school,” says Senior Flower Show Coordinator Betty Greene. “It’s hard! The details and materials [the students] used are just wonderful!” (more…)

Experience a Photographic Journey through Burma, a pre-Flower Show event

December 30, 2009

Longtime Flower Show supporter Penny Hansen will share her passion for photography, including her work from a recent excursion to Myanmar, on Jan. 13 as part of PHS’s Flower Show-themed brown bag lunches.

Penny, who is originally from a small village in Oxfordshire, England, and has lived in the Philadelphia area for almost 30 years, has spent the last two years pursuing her goal of documenting the human condition wherever she finds it. She recently returned from a month-long photographic expedition to Myanmar (Burma), where she traveled to several remote areas. She currently serves on PHS ‘s Council and Development Committee.

The brown-bag lunch, “Burma – A Photographic Journey through the Lost Golden Land,” will be held at PHS on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from noon – 1:30p.m. The cost is only $5. To register, visit here.

This winter, PHS will be holding several brown-bag lunches featuring countries that will be showcased at the 2010 Flower Show, “Passport to the World.”

Stay tuned for more.

Birds of a Feather to Soar at Flower Show

December 29, 2009

Some colorful characters from South America will make their Flower Show debut this year at “Passport to the World.” They dress in bright yellow, orange, red, blue and green plumage, and are also known for their shrieks and chirps of delight.

The Philadelphia Zoo will bring the high-flying troupe of sun conures to the Show for three presentations each day entitled “Rainbows in Flight.” The little parrots, who are native to the northeastern coast of South America, look like a living rainbow when they fly through the air.

Appearances by several other exotic parrots from the Amazon jungle are also planned near the Brazil exhibit during the 2010 Philadelphia International Show.

How was Philadelphia Greened in 2009?

December 28, 2009

Look no further than our Philadelphia International Flower Show Blog. Proceeds of this annual event go to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and its acclaimed urban revitalization program, Philadelphia Green.

Looking toward the New Year, we can’t help but reminisce about the work that was accomplished across the region in 2009.

Take a peek:

• Philadelphia Green leaders shared their experience in neighborhood revitalization with cities across the country, including Buffalo, Cleveland, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Richmond and Shreveport. In a new partnership with Keep America Beautiful, PG provided greening resources to KAB’s 1,000 affiliates and participating organizations. To date, Philadelphia Green has stabilized more than 7 million square feet of former derelict vacant land.

• PHS received a $1.65 million grant through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (Pennvest) for the planting of more than 8,000 trees in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. The funding came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is part of a portfolio of green infrastructure projects encouraged by both federal and state government.


Bollywood Nights set for Flower Show Stage

December 21, 2009

One of the most exciting dance forms in the world will be presented at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show on the Explorer’s Stage.

A troupe of Bollywood dancers, choreographed by Rujuta Vaidya, will perform the lively movements popularized in Indian films, TV and stage on Monday through Saturday nights at the Flower Show. Ruj, as she is better known, was the choreographer of the fantastic Slumdog Millionaire dance sequence presented at the 2009 Academy Awards. She has also worked on dance steps with Britney Spears and the Cheetah Girls.

Classical Indian dancer Archana Joglekar also will appear on the Flower Show stage on Thursday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. Archana is an accomplished screen and stage performer and founder-director of a dance academy in New Jersey.

More details to come. Stay tuned!

Still Looking for a Holiday Gift?

December 17, 2009

The Flower Show Gift Pack is a fantastic present. The $70 gift pack includes:

Two tickets to the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show (plus the Shopper’s Delight discount card, good for 10% off purchases made at the Flower Show Shoppe)

A beautiful poinsettia* or blooming plant

An attractive greeting card

The Pack is available at Meadowbrook Farm.  

You can also buy Flower Show tickets online! E-ticket holders can skip the box office at the Show and go directly to the E-ticket express line. Who doesn’t love that?

Calling All Store-Front Businesses!

December 16, 2009

The 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show is looking for entrants for its 15th Annual Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest.

“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 (the deadline is Feb. 8), please visit 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.

Brazilian band booked for Flower Show stage

December 15, 2009

Minas, one of the most popular Brazilian bands in the U.S., will bring their evocative brand of bossa nova jazz, sambas and ballads to the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Passport to the World.” The band, which features the husband and wife duo of Patricia King and Orlando Haddad, will perform on the Explorer’s Stage each day of the Show, Feb. 28 to March 7.

Haddad, a native of Minas Gerais in Brazil, and King, from Denver by way of Pennsylvania, have performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Mellon Jazz Festival, Academy of Music and many other local and international venues.

Performances by Minas have been arranged by World Cafe Live.

Free Flower Show Film Series at PHS; Tomorrow: The Rain Forest

December 14, 2009

Do you love to watch movies and talk about them? Join us in this film discussion series, where we’ll talk about movies in which nature, gardens, or the environment play a starring role.

This year’s selections will focus on films from countries featured in the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show “Passport to the World” and will include films from or set in the Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, India and New Zealand. Participants are asked to view the film before the discussion.

Tomorrow night – Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., we’ll be discussing John Boorman’s The Emerald Forest (1985). Free and open to the public and members.

A screening of this film will be held at 4 p.m. in PHS’s McLean Library, 100 North 20th Street, 1st Floor.


An American engineer searches for his son who has been kidnapped by Indians in an Amazonian rain forest. When the father finally tracks down his son, it’s quickly apparent that the boy has become part of another world, a world that causes the father to question his own. 114 min.

For more information, contact Priscilla Becroft at

Stoney Bank Nursery Reveals the Many Faces of New Zealand

December 9, 2009

A little taste of New Zealand.

Jack Blandy, Founder and President of Stoney Bank Nursery in Glen Mills, is returning to the Philadelphia International Flower Show (for his thirty first year) with landscaping perspectives from the country of New Zealand.  For the 2010 presentation, “Passport to the World,” Blandy wanted to reflect cultural influences from the past and show how they shape the New Zealand of today. (more…)

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