Archive for February 26th, 2010

Strange Critter at Stoney Bank

February 26, 2010

Check out the Hall A exhibit by Stoney Bank Nursery for this strange, magical creature. Designed by sculptor-artisan Greg Leavit, it’s a Hot Water Lizard that carries thermal waters from the New Zealand bush country into a Maori tribal meeting area. Also look for Stoney Bank’s creative use of “spiky” plants that resemble those in the New Zealand landscape.

Moda Botanica Present 15 Tons of “Wow”

February 26, 2010

The Building-Blocks for the Display

Here’s another vital tip for Flower Show first-timers: walk all the way around the exhibits. If you stick solely to the main paths, you’ll likely miss something spectacular. As proof, check out the Moda Botanica display.

These Center City-based floral and event designers interpreted the Passport theme by thinking about how—in today’s ever-shrinking world—flowers are transported from all corners of the globe. In fact, their exhibit features flowers from Asia, South America, and other far-away places.

Hence the massive shipping containers. Each one weighs about 5,000 pounds and contains an artful arrangement that focuses on a particular color (green, white, brown, etc).

My favorite element of the exhibit, however, can only be seen if you walk around to the rear side. Without giving too much away, it’s a walk-through that meshes haute couture horticulture and urban art.

Flowers Made of…Flowers!

February 26, 2010

At the Jamie Rothstein Floral Design exhibit, three arrangers create a giant floral fountain made out of hundreds of cut flowers. It’s truly spectacular design work.

Inside the Artistry of Bill Schaffer

February 26, 2010

One of the exhibits earning the most early buzz is that of the ever-inventive Schaffer Designs. When Bill Schaffer first heard the theme of the Flower Show (Passport to the World) his first thought was, “Where on the planet would people least suspect to see flowers?”

The answer? The Arctic! And his exhibit is a white-on-white sensation. Schaffer Designs describes it as “an environment of ice and snow, where ice caves and frozen rivers are the rule.”  Enjoy this video to learn more about “Polar Fantasy.”

A Glimpse of Spring…Around the World

February 26, 2010

Check out this tantalizing glimpse of the main “Passport to the World” displays at 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show. Opening this Sunday, you will astounded by the gorgeous flowers, fragrances and designs that are being prepared this very second. Just two more days until the party begins!

Dinner Destinations and Lunchtime Locales

February 26, 2010

I always tell people that seeing the Flower Show is an all-day activity. As such, you will want to stop and refuel from time to time. And while there is great food to be found in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, area restaurants are also an option to explore.

Click here to see a Zagat’s list specifically designed for Flower Show visitors.

Good Morning America Visits the Flower Show

February 26, 2010
The meeting of the Sams: Watch PHS’s Sam Lemheney chat with Good Morning America’s Sam Champion about fantastic flowers from South Africa.

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51 Years of Marketplace Memories

February 26, 2010

Vincent & Josephine

Why do I love the Flower Show? Because of people like Vincent and Josephine Lu. For the past 51 years (!!!) they have had a booth at the Flower Show’s Marketplace. Called “The Oriental House,” the Lu family sells novelties, miniatures, figurines, and bonsai.

The good news/bad news is that this is the Lu’s last Show. While their presence will no doubt be missed, I can’t think of anyone more worthy of a restful retirement than this New York-based family.

A huge, heartfelt thanks to Vincent, Josephine and their daughter Irene for all their years of Flower Show support!

Magical Memories of Childhood

February 26, 2010

This Hall A exhibit by Mark Cook Landscape Company will transport Show-goers to a colorful woodland featuring a child’s playhouse. Magical!

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