Archive for February 7th, 2010

Secret Garden Coming to 2010 Flower Show

February 7, 2010

A secret garden is growing at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show. It is being planned and planted by longtime volunteers, former and current exhibitors, friends and PHS staff for Jane G. Pepper.

Pepper is retiring later this year from her job as PHS President, a post she has held since 1981. This will be her final Flower Show as President, having raised the stature of the Show internationally and guided the expansion of the Philadelphia Green program into a national model for urban revitalization.

So, behind pipe and drape on the Show floor, a group that calls itself Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club is creating a tribute garden that will not be unveiled until Feb. 26, the last night of set-up. The name of the gardeners’ group provides a hint of the display theme – the music of the Beatles, in keeping with Pepper’s musical taste.


Take a Green Tour at the Flower Show

February 7, 2010

PNC's green wall in Pittsburgh.

The Philadelphia International Flower Show is an opportunity to learn how to protect the environment and play a part in sustaining its natural resources.

As principal fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Flower Show generates $1 million in revenues for its nationally renowned urban revitalization program, Philadelphia Green.

Visitors can learn about some of Philadelphia Green’s key initiatives, such as its entrepreneurial City Harvest effort, at the PHS Village display. City Harvest is a partnership with the prison system, community gardeners and food cupboard operators dedicated to ensuring fresh produce for under-served communities and nurturing urban agriculture in the region.

PNC Bank, the Presenting Sponsor of the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, will express its environmental message with a 16-foot-high by 20-foot-wide “living wall” of plants and recycled materials.


Come Home Green Home with Hunter Hayes

February 7, 2010

Lauren Hilburn, Hunter Hayes and Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney

Ardmore-based Hunter Hayes Landscape Design will be sharing with Flower Show visitors this year an exhibit called “Home Green Home.”

The exhibit will capture the warm feeling of coming home, especially after a long trip.

A patio and fountain will serve as focal points in a back-yard rain garden filled with sustainable landscaping products, including rain barrels and a compost bin. Guests will also learn how to utilize the gifts of Mother Nature to maintain beautiful home gardens.

For more on Hunter Hayes, visit here.

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