Archive for February 24th, 2010

Beautiful Blues from Longwood Gardens

February 24, 2010

Here is a shot of Flower Show design director Sam Lemheney with Longwood Gardens‘ Jim Harbage, as they discuss plants for the Explorers’ Garden that will green Show visitors. Sam was especially thrilled that Jim and his team of expert horticulturists were able to bring down those dazzling blue Cineraria flowers, which were specially bred at Longwood.

Gold Medal Plants are in the House!

February 24, 2010

“I was going to bring in the PHS Gold Medal Plants for the exhibit tomorrow,” said Steve Mostardi of Mostardi Nursery in Newtown Square, PA, “But with the weather forecast for snow, I thought I’d better bring them in ASAP!

“Sure, Gold Medal Plants are hardy for this area, but we forced these ones into bloom for the Show. Their tender blossoms wouldn’t enjoy the snow at all. Fortunately, we got them here all safe and these plants will look spectacular next week.”

Forcing for the Flower Show

February 24, 2010

The Philadelphia International Flower Show fills up about 10 acres of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Where do all the plants come from? Well a good percentage are grown at PHS’s own Meadowbrook Farm in Abington Township, PA.

Last week our staff photographer had an all-access afternoon in the Meadowbrook greenhouses. Click here to see a Flickr gallery of the awesome images she captured. All the plants you see will be featured at Passport to the World, see if you can spot them when you explore the Show floor.

Flower Show Sponsor a Green Leader

February 24, 2010

The Flower Show opens on February 28, and we at PHS are buzzing with excitement. The Philadelphia International Flower Show is a 181-year-old tradition and considered one of the 1,000 Places to See in North America and Canada Before You Die. Literally thousands of people come together to put on this spectacular Show, and the representatives of presenting sponsor PNC certainly merit recognition.  

When you get to the Show, be sure to visit the PNC Living Wall in the main exhibition hall. This towering display, created by Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens, is reminiscent of the dazzling 2,380 square-foot, soil-based green wall at PNC’s headquarters in Pittsburgh.  In fact, PNC has more certified “green” buildings than any company in the world–making it an ideal match for Philadelphia Green.

Please stop by the PNC display and tell the PNC volunteers how much you appreciate PNC’s contributions to Philadelphia Green programming. We look forward to seeing you at the Show!

Is it Spring Yet?

February 24, 2010

Is it really almost spring? It is at the Convention Center, where the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show is gearing up. The Show opens on Sunday, but already a few daffs are starting to pop into bloom. Can you smell them already?

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