Archive for February 25th, 2010

A Village Rises

February 25, 2010

In the midst of the Show floor, the PHS Village rises. This sprawling area includes many exhibits from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, including displays about Philadelphia Green, the Gold Medal Plant Awards, and how to become a member and receive lots of garden-savvy benefits.

And just next door is the Flower Show Shoppe, where you can buy Flower Show gifts and mementos by the score!

An Elephant in the Room

February 25, 2010

What’s that…an elephant at the Flower Show? Here, you can see the crew at Jamie Rothstein Floral Design creating creating an exhibit that evokes the landscapes of India. From the hot-colored flowers in the foreground to a jubilant pachyderm in the back, this display will sure to dazzle Flower Show visitors.

See a Plant Explorer and Seed Savant at the Show

February 25, 2010

Simon Crawford

Philadelphia has a long, rich history in horticulture.  In fact, many of America’s most famous gardens and garden companies are based both in Center City and the suburbs. In 2010 we’re bringing you lectures from experts at W. Atlee Burpee & Co., one of America’s oldest and best-known garden companies based in Bucks County, PA.

George Ball, chairman of W. Atlee Burpee & Co. and proprietor of Heronswood Nursery, will speak on “The Future of Plant Collecting” on opening day, Sunday, February 28 at 11:30 am. Burpee’s Simon Crawford, a plant explorer and horticulturist, will talk about “Vegetables From Around the World” on Thursday, March 4 at 10:30 am.

George Ball

Both Ball and Crawford are enthusiastic gardeners with a lifetime of experience in horticulture. Ball is a past president of the American Horticulture Society. Crawford, a renowned plant breeder and collector, is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society Herbaceous Plant Committee and is a past judge at the Chelsea Flower Show in England.

We hope you will attend these and other lectures and demonstrations offered everyday at the Flower Show. Click here to see a complete schedule.

Fresh Earth!

February 25, 2010

The mulch delivered to the Tourism Ireland exhibit today had been dug so recently that it was literally steaming on the Flower Show floor. Now that’s fresh.

And the Winners Are…

February 25, 2010

Monkey Business in Chestnut Hill was voted "Crowd Favorite"

This week, a panel of judges selected 18 winners out of 90 shops and attractions across the Philadelphia region that participated in the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show’s 15th Annual Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest to kick off spring and tap into the more than 250,000 visitors that will come to Philadelphia for the Show.

The 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show Passport to the World, presented by PNC, will be held Feb. 28 – March 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Windows in Chestnut Hill, Chinatown, Fabric Row, Fairmount, the Main Line, Manayunk, Midtown Village, Mt. Airy, Northern Liberties, Kensington, Old City, Rittenhouse, South Philadelphia, University City, and Easton, Pa., were festooned with floral and worldly décor beginning on Friday, Feb. 19.

This year’s winners are:

  • AVIS Budget Group, 2000 Arch St. – “Best Overall Display”
  • The Crayola Factory, 30 Centre St. – “Best Interpretation of Theme”
  • Monkey Business, 8624 Germantown Ave. – “Voted Crowd Favorite”
  • Philadelphia Brewing Co. & Greensgrow Farm, 2423-39 Amber St. – “Most Refreshing”
  • Propper Brothers Furniture, 115 Levering St. – “Best of Manayunk”
  • Just Dogs! Gourmet, 1804 Chestnut St. – “Best Use of Merchandise”
  • Nicole Miller Philadelphia, 200 S. Broad St. – “Most Elegant”
  • Reputation Hair Salon, 1215 Snyder Ave. – “Most Artistic Display”
  • SAVA, 1700 Sansom St. – “Most Eco-Friendly”
  • Ten Thousand Villages – Chestnut Hill, 8331 Germantown Ave. – “Most Well Traveled”
  • Transit Gift Store, 1234 Market St. – “Nicest Attention to Detail”
  • J. Karma Boutique, 62 N. 3rd St. – “Most Sophisticated”
  • Millesime, 1001-13 2nd St. – “Best Newcomer”
  • Worn Yesterday, 4228 Main St. – “Most Festive”
  • Jack and Jill Boutique, 115 S. 22nd St. – “Most Creative”
  • PHAG (Philadelphia Home Art Garden), 1225 Walnut St. – “Most Colorful”
  • AIA Bookstore, 1218 Arch St. – “Most Innovative”
  • Artista, 7151 Germantown Ave.– Judges’ Choice

The public voted for “Crowd Favorite” by e-mailing to from Feb. 19 through Feb. 22. A slide show of the winners will be available at The photos are also posted on the Flower Show’s Facebook Fan Page.

Due to inclement weather, the awards press conference will be held on Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets, West Entrance, Room 106. The media and contestants will not need tickets to the Show to gain entrance.


A Sneak Peek at the Flower Show in the Making

February 25, 2010

The Art of India on Display at the Flower Show

February 25, 2010

The Philadelphia International Flower Show is proud to feature two master craftsmen from India, whose work will be on display and available for purchase at the World Bazaar area outside the Show floor. The artists come courtesy of the Crafts Council of West Bengal, a nonprofit that works to promote and preserve Indian crafts and encourages exports through overseas expositions.

Using hand-carved wood blocks, artist Mahammad Rafik creates a range of items with intricate patterns that are precisely over-printed and applied in vivid colors. This method of block printing is a tradition dating back to at least the 11th century. For Mahammad, this year’s Flower Show marks a return trip to Philadelphia, having showcased his creations 25 years ago.

Madhu Mangal Malakar is an award-winning craftsman who delicately forms flowers and other objects from shola, a plant that grows in the marshy, water-logged areas of eastern Indian states. This is a centuries-old tradition, but it is only recently that shola items have received international recognition for their beauty, eco-friendliness, and superb craftsmanship.

We hope you’ll stop by the World Bazaar and appreciate the talents of these two men, as well as the other international artists making this year’s Flower Show truly International!

From Chicago to Philly

February 25, 2010

Dr. Ava Stanley, a cardiologist, has a friend that know she likes plants. So she suggested that Ava take a vacation…at the Flower Show.

Says Ava, “This is basically a working vacation. I knew I’d have the opportunity to work with some expert gardeners building the Jane Pepper Tribute display, so I hopped on a plane and here I am, working as a volunteer gardener. It’s exciting see the Show going up all around me…and to be a part of it.”

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