Archive for March, 2010

Flower Show Designers Bring Spring to Macy’s

March 26, 2010

Sam Lemheney, director of design for the Philadelphia International Flower Show, and Burke Brothers Landscape Contractors are lending their talents to the second annual Macy’s Flower Show,  “Spring Is in the Air,” from March 28 to April 11 at the Center City Philadelphia store, Market and Juniper Streets.

The designers from Burke Brothers, who created the Brazilian rainforest at this year’s Philadelphia International Flower Show in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, include Kevin and Sean Burke and Laurie Clabbers. The Macy’s show will also feature floral designers of the Philadelphia International Flower Show who will creaste the Bouquet of the Day just inside the store’s Juniper Street entrance. Donna O’Brien, of Beautiful Blooms, will design the bouquet on view April 2 and 3; Jamie Rothstein, of Jamie Rothstein Distinctive Floral Designs, April 8 and 9; and Michael Bruce, of Michael Bruce Florist, April 10 and 11.

The Macy’s show will be staged in the Grand Court and will feature varieties of exotic trees, flowering plants, and a hot-air balloon centerpiece. The show will include special in-store events, sweepstakes, cooking demonstrations and seminars. For more information, visit

Second Graders Share Flower Show Stories

March 26, 2010

The second-grade students from Independence Charter School who helped PHS install a rain garden last year were invited to the Flower Show as special guests. Here is a sampling of the lovely thank-you notes we received.


Philadelphia Fusion

March 25, 2010

Check out Flower Show floral exhibitor Donna O’Brien from Beautiful Blooms in the latest issue of Philadelphia Magazine.

Plaudits for Schaffer Exhibit at Flower Show

March 25, 2010

Fusion Flowers, the renowned Scotland-based magazine devoted to “innovation in contemporary floral design,” focused its video camera on the  “Polar Fantasy” created by Schaffer Designs at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Bill Schaffer’s white-white-white exhibit envisioned a 40-degree-below world where orchids, carnations and other flowers do bloom, encased in cubes of ice, stuck in giant stalagtites, or frozen on the stem. The exhibit received the PHS Award of Distinction, the Emile H. Geschick Memorial Award for a distinctive orchid display, and wide applause  from garden writers and Show visitors.

To view the dramatic video record of the Schaffer exhibit, go to

Show Visitors Support PHS with Small Change

March 24, 2010

Penn's Landing

Last week Flower Show designer Sam Lemheney presented the PHS Legacy Landscapes campaign with a $301.49 donation. Peculiar number, you say? Well this contribution consists of the loose change (nickels and pennies mostly) that Flower Show visitors threw in the two fountains at the front of the Show’s entrance. Every little bit helps, and all those coins will be put toward preserving Philadelphia’s great green spaces, including Penn’s Landing, the Azalea Garden, and Logan Square. If you would like to contribute to Philadelphia’s green legacy, click here for more information.

Ginny Knows Gardening

March 23, 2010

As it turns out, this isn’t the only Flower Show blog in town. Ginny Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported from the Show floor every day during Passport to the World. At her gardening blog, Kiss the Earth, you’ll discover “backstage” secrets of the Show and also learn about some of the little gems that may have escaped your notice.

And, much like this blog, it’s an all-year thing! Ginny is a passionate gardener and happily shares her triumphs, setbacks, and horticultural tips via her forum. Check it out!

Beautiful Blooms Interlaces Flowers and Fashion

March 22, 2010

Donna O'Brien leads a floral demo at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Donna O’Brien of Beautiful Blooms led her first demonstration at the Philadelphia International Flower Show this year, and it was a beautiful blend of floral and fashion design.

Entitled “Fashionable Flowers,” Donna’s demo included the creation of a necklace of crystal garlands, delphinium and thistle, and fastatic handbags made of moss and wire.

Donna began her career in the fashion industry, and she brings her sense fo style and innovation to her floral design business based in Northern Liberties. Her extraordinary exhibit of hanging glass vases at the 2010 Flower Show, inspired by topographic maps and entitled “Global Terrain,” won the PHS Award of Excellence in the Newcover Florist category.

Read Donna’s artful blog at

Step into Spring with the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

March 22, 2010

When the cherry trees blossom, it’s time to celebrate the arrival of spring!

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is well underway. Running through April 17, this multicultural occasion features dance, music, food, arts, and children’s events. In the city you’ll find a sushi-making contest, a tea ceremony in Fairmount Park, and a “Prettiest Pet in Pink” contest. There is even a 5K run/walk among the beautiful, flowering trees.

The fun extends into the suburbs as well. Libraries in the surrounding counties are presenting Japanese story hours.

The history of the cherry trees (also known as sakura) in Philadelphia dates back to 1926 when the Japanese government donated them in honor of the 150th anniversary of American Independence. Today, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia has planted and cared for more than 1,000 cherry trees in the past decade.

Please join Subaru, a long-time Flower Show sponsor, in celebrating the season and the cultural heritage of Japan.

“Passport” Show Gets Great Reviews

March 19, 2010

All sorts of media were in attendance at Passport to the World, and it looks like we made a good impression. Below is a sampling of what some major news outlets had to say:

The Washington Post highlighted “jaw-dropping floral displays” and said the Flower Show’s “lushness evokes the floral imagination of the movie Avatar, though in this Philly forum the 3-D experience requires no special eyewear.”

The Boston Globe called the Philadelphia presentation “the best, and worth the trip for flower show lovers.”

The Norwich (Ct.) Bulletin said: “The largest indoor flower show in the world re-invents itself annually, turning 10 acres of exhibit space into a lush maze of horticultural fantasy.”

Garden Design Online reported: “This year’s theme is one of the top shows I’ve seen (and I’ve seen many). It’s a passport to the end of winter and those many snowstorms..and it’s inspiration for the coming year in the garden.”

The Harrisburg Patriot-News declared: “If you’ve never been to this eight-day, world-class botanical wonderland, add it to your bucket list.”

“Fancy Types” Flock to the Show

March 18, 2010 came to the Flower Show Preview Party to get the hot gossip from the city’s movers and shakers.

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