Archive for April, 2010

Junior Flower Show Award-Winners Announced!

April 26, 2010

PHS's Drew Becher and Flossie Narducci with Best in Show winners from the Junior Flower Show at Kids Grow Expo

On a beautiful spring day on Friday, Drew Becher, president-elect of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, awarded 11 students “Best in Show” ribbons for their entries in the Junior Flower Show at Temple Ambler’s Earthfest and Kids Grow Expo.

Students in five age divisions – A: up to and including second grade; B: grades 3-5; C: grades 6-8; D: grades 9-12; and E: ungraded — competed in several artistic and horticulture classes for Earthfest, which attracted 6,000 children, families and educators.

Artistic classes for the Junior Flower Show included crafty creatures, table setting arrangements, bird feeders, seed mosaics, jewelry, and more.

The Horticulture classes included blooming flowering plants, foliage plants, container-grown vegetables, cactus and succulents, herbs, hanging baskets, dish gardens, terrariums and more.

The Best of Show Winners were:


Congratulations, Heather!

April 20, 2010

Congratulations to former Philadelphia International Flower Show public relations intern Heather McClain for becoming a production assistant for PBS’s new Growing a Greener World TV series. The Show, hosted by Joe Lamp’l (the “Joe” behind “Joe Gardener”), “Garden Girl” Patti Moreno and Chef Nathan Lyon, premieres May 15 on public TV (See local listings).

Heather is also currently going through PHS’s spring Tree Tender course to make the Philadelphia region a little greener.

Thank you, Heather.

Volunteer Spotlight: Pam Snyder

April 9, 2010

When she was a student teacher at the W. B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, Pam Snyder decided to get her students involved in the PHS Kids Grow Expo (known then as the Junior Flower Show). Thirty years later, she’s still at it—a long-time teacher at Saul and still a regular at Kids Grow Expo.

A full-day event that features horticultural activities and environmental education, Kids Grow Expo is a natural venue for students from Saul, a Philadelphia International Flower Show exibitor and the largest agricultural high school in America. Students at Saul study landscaping, greenhouse management, animal science, and food science along with standard high-school fare. Pam currently teaches classes in retail floristry at Saul, located in Philadelphia’s Roxborough section, and serves as a “teacher-leader” for the 15-person agriculture department.


Meadowbrook Farm Spring Open House

April 9, 2010

Glorious flowers abound at Meadowbrook Farm. Whether it’s in the gardens or available for purchase in the sales yard, there is beauty to behold everywhere you look!

See these stunning plants firsthand at the Spring Open House on Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and festivities include self-guided tours of the house and gardens, tasty refreshments, and chances to win great prizes. Meadowbrook Farm has an engaging children’s activity lined up for the little ones as well.

For shoppers planning to add life to their garden or color to their home, Meadowbrook offers a vast selection of plants, including spring favorites like petunias, geraniums, and impatiens. The Open House is also a great opportunity to pick up gifts such as ceramics, jewelry, beauty products, and indoor and outdoor decorations. As always, PHS members receive a 10 percent discount.

For information and a complete schedule of events at Meadowbrook, visit or call 215-887-5900.

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