Archive for January, 2010

Bon Voyage with Flowers by David

January 31, 2010

Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney and Flowers By David's Robin and David Heller

Longtime Flower Show exhibitors Flowers by David in Langhorne are hard at work to create their large-scale display, called Bon Voyage, for the Show.

Inspired by the anticipation of their own first cruise experience, the Hellers combined a prom theme (something they’ve always wanted to do) with a cruise departure party.

Proms signify the end of one phase of life and the beginning of a new journey, the Hellers said. Shapes and lighting will be used with roses, orchids, lilies and other cut flowers to interpret this vision of transition and the promise of the next stop on the journey. …

We’re feeling ready for spring and this trip already.

No Passport Required: Welcome J. Downend Landscaping

January 30, 2010

Jim Downend, Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney and Tom Morris

For the first time, J. Downend Landscaping, a residential and commercial landscape contractor that has served the Delaware Valley for more than 25 years, will be exhibiting in the Flower Show.

Their exhibit, “No Passport Required,” will include what President Jim Downend and his team does best – a Delaware Valley garden.

This garden will be teeming with beautiful plants from around the world in both hardy and tender forms and offer plenty of inspiration and tips on how homeowners can create the same.

Water will cascade down a staircase of Pennsylvania bluestone into a reflecting pool, presenting the appearance of a floating walkway. A bronze globe will be draped in a backdrop of roses and amelanchier while a limestone eagle will be enveloped in snapdragons and delphinium, reminding us that we live in a horticultural melting pot of the global landscape.

We can’t wait.

For more information on all the major exhibitors coming to the Show, please visit here.

Giant Water Plants Being Grown for the Flower Show

January 29, 2010

Check out a new video about Longwood Gardens’ giant water platters being  grown just for the Flower Show.  The plants will be incorporated into the Show’s main feature, called the  Explorer’s Garden.

Flower Show Fun Fact No. 2

January 29, 2010


Number of wines and spirits that will be available for purchase and tasting at the Flower Show’s expanded International Wine & Spirits Garden, operated by the PA Wine & Spirits Store. The garden will be located in the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Grand Hall. For a full schedule, visit

Happy Friday, everyone!

Lectures and Demonstrations Schedule – Now Online!

January 29, 2010

Maurice Parkinson, from Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery in Ireland, will be presenting "Ulster’s Gardens-A Richness in Plant Diversity"

Want to determine the best day for you to visit the Show? Check out our schedule of events! There are many incredible culinary and floral demonstrations as well as an extensive series of gardening lectures at the Show. And, as of yesterday afternoon, our Lectures and Demonstrations schedule is online.

Some highlights include:

Shrubs and Vines from Four Corners of the World
Dan Hinkley, author, Shrubs and Vines from Four Corners of the World. Book signing to follow.

Continental Drift, New Trends in European Garden Design
Andrew Fisher Tomlin Director, The London College of Garden Design

Vegetable Gardening for Dummies: Growing Edibles all Around your Yard
Charlie Nardozzi, author, Vegetable Gardening for Dummies. Book signing to follow.

Flower Power: Flower Arranging for Wellness
Cheryl Wilks, Flowers on Location

and so many more! Check out the listing HERE.

Children’s Activities Coming to the Flower Show

January 28, 2010

The Flower Show is a grown-up gardener’s paradise, and it can be a wonderland of discovery and delight for children as well.

The larger-than-life displays offer a unique setting in which to engage youngsters in the beauty of the natural world and ignite a lifelong passion for its precious plant life.

Show organizers have arranged a specially priced $65 Family Fun Pak of discounted tickets offering two adults and two children admission to the Show and free membership in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Jaw-dropping displays such as the 28-foot-tall hot air balloon covered with 79,000 dried flowers at the Show entrance and a life-size elephant in the Indian wedding-inspired exhibit by Jamie Rothstein Floral Design are sure to catch the interest of young people from toddlers to teens.

Equally impressive giraffe and lion sculptures stand guard over the South Africa-themed display by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), and a dragon slithers through a Maori-inspired New Zealand exhibit by Stoney Bank Nurseries.


Calling Young Friends to Volunteer at the 2010 Flower Show

January 26, 2010

Join us for “Passport to the World” Feb. 28-March 7, 2010

PHS is looking for young adults (18-40) to participate in its greening activities and at the Flower Show as volunteers and enthusiastic supporters.

Volunteer at the Show this year at the “PHS Village” and learn about PHS greening programs, assist with gardening demonstrations and work with the public.

Earn your free entrance to the Flower Show! Volunteers must attend a 1-hour orientation to the Flower Show on Feb. 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

To sign up as a volunteer, visit here:

Proceeds of the Philadelphia International Flower Show go to PHS’s urban revitalization programs, including Philadelphia Green.

Flower Show Fun Fact No. 1

January 25, 2010


Number of freeze-dried flowers that will be used to create the 28-foot-tall hot-air balloon, including 55,400 blue pansies to represent the ocean and 23,760 roses with a different color for each continent, for the Flower Show’s Central Feature, called the Explorer’s Garden. Can’t wait.

Notable Plants from Longwood Gardens Coming to Show

January 25, 2010

Some very special guests are coming to the Flower Show this year. In the Central Feature, called the Explorer’s Garden,  you’ll see notable plants discovered or recovered from plant exploration trips by Longwood Gardens, one of the world’s great display gardens located in Kennett Square, Pa.

Through the years Longwood Gardens has sponsored or embarked on 50 plant exploration trips, reaching every continent except Antarctica. This is the first time that Longwood will be growing plants especially for the Flower Show.

What you’ll see is Longwood’s signature Victoria Longwood Hybrid water-platters, forced into perfection just for the Show. Usually a summer garden highlight, the water-platter leaf can grow to as large as 6 feet in diameter.

Longwood developed Victoria Longwood Hybrid in 1961 by crossing V. cruziana and V. amazonica, the only two species of water-platters, from seeds collected during plant exploration trips to South America.

Stay tuned for more about special plants coming to the Show!

Can We Have Hot Rhubarb Soufflé for Breakfast?

January 25, 2010

Photo Courtesy Lough Erne Golf Resort/Tourism Ireland

We thought we’d brighten your Monday morning with a sneak peek of one of the fabulous recipes – and chefs – coming to the 2010 Flower Show.

Noel McMeel, executive head chef at the five-star Lough Erne Golf Resort in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland, and a star of the BBC’s “Great British Menu,” will present at a special “Taste of Ireland” demonstration on March 1. For more information on all the live culinary demonstrations and chefs coming to the Show, visit here. McMeel has cooked for Presidents Bush and Clinton and the Queen of England.

Below, he’s sharing with us his recipe for Hot Rhubarb Soufflé with Home-made Custard

Does it get much better than this?

Hot Rhubarb Soufflé with Home-made Custard

Makes 6

  • 250g Fresh Rhubarb
  • 50g Castor Sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 50g Water
  • 100g Soft Ball Sugar
  • Corn flour to Thicken (cornstarch)
  • 3 Egg Whites


Bring the Rhubarb, Water & 50g Sugar to the simmer, then blend it until it is smooth and pass through a fine sieve, return back into a clean sauce pan and leave to the side.

Bring 100g Caster Sugar and a little water to bind to the boil and simmer onto Soft Ball stage 110C and add this to the rhubarb mix, then bring the mixture back to heat slowly, dissolve the corn flour with a little water and thicken the raspberry mix to a crème pate consistency.

 When thick put into a clean mixing bowl and leave to cool mixing with a whisk to speed up the process, now in a machine whisk 3 egg whites to a soft peeks and when the rhubarb mixture is cool enough beet in half the eggs first then gently fold in the other half.

Pipe into the prepared moulds and place in a ban merie then bake 190C for 10-12 mins, Sprinkle the top with some Icing sugar the top and quickly serve.  

Home-made Custard

 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
150ml/5fl oz milk
100ml/3½oz double cream
2 free-range egg yolks
25g/1oz caster sugar

 To make the custard, place a small saucepan over a high heat. Add the vanilla seeds and the empty pod, milk and cream and bring to a simmer.
6. Remove from the heat and allow to stand, letting the flavours infuse.
7. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks with the sugar in a large bowl.
8. Remove the vanilla pod from the infused cream and gradually pour the vanilla cream into the egg mix whisking well continuously.
9. Return the custard to the saucepan. Stir over a gentle heat until the custard thickens and coats the back of the spoon.

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