Archive for February 18th, 2010

Irish Culture and Horticulture at the Flower Show

February 18, 2010

Moya Brennan

Tourism Ireland will host a series of special programs at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, celebrating the horticulture, culinary arts and music of the Emerald Isle.

In keeping with the Flower Show’s history of new plant introduction, a plant recently developed in Ireland, the Phormium cookianum “Black Adder,” will be introduced by horticulturist Maurice Parkinson at 11 a.m.  Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Gardener’s Studio.  Black Adder was selected for its dark, shining foliage and robust but shapely form. On the East Coast of the U.S., the new plant is most suitable for large combo containers with flowering and foliage plants.

At noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, harpist Moya Brennan, the First Lady of Celtic Music, will perform at Tourism Ireland’s exhibit in Hall A, which recreates sections of the renowned Mount Stewart gardens.

At 1:30 p.m., Irish Chef Noel McMeel will present a demonstration of fine Irish cooking in Room 204C.

At 2:30 p.m., Maurice Parkinson will lead a presentation on the Irish g

arden in the educational series in Room 201C.

The Flower Show is also proud to host a visit by Dara Calleary, Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment, on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, March 1, at the Flower Show will be Irish Heritage Day.

Moya Brennan will perform at the Irish garden exhibit at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Noel McMeel will offer culinary demonstrations at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Colman Andrews, co-founder and former editor of Saveur magazine, will sign copies of his new book, “The Country Cooking of Ireland,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tourism Ireland exhibit. Maurice Parkinson will present “Ulster’s Gardens: A Richness in Plant Diversity” at 2:30 p.m. in Room 201C.

On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., Frances McDonald will present a garden lecture, “A World of Plants in Ireland,” in Room 201C.

Cherries Jubilee and Garden Tea

February 18, 2010


This Just In:

We just heard about the special menu being planned for the Flower Show’s Garden Tea including cherries jubilee cake, scone with lemon curd and clotted cream, tasty tea sandwiches, and PB and J available for the little ones.

If you haven’t heard, you are your friends can enjoy a  peaceful respite at the Show in our Garden Tea Room, filled with elegant surroundings and soothing music. Students from Philadelphia’s own JNA Institute of Culinary Arts will prepare and plate the food.

Guests can enter to win gift cards for merchandise from women’s clothing retailer Christopher & Banks. They can also sample a selection of robust and flavorful international teas furnished by Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

Reservations are $28 per person (not including Flower Show ticket). Tea tickets are non-refundable.

There will be two seatings daily in Room 202.  (12:30 – 2:00 pm and 3:45 – 5:15 pm)

Same day Flower Show admission is required to attend a Garden Tea.

For more information about the tea and to order tickets, visit here.

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