Archive for May, 2010

The Flower Show, the Eagles and More: Azalea Garden Party Post-Auction Sale!

May 27, 2010

Now that the maracas have quieted and the party is a distant but fond memory, all of us at PHS would like to thank you for being a part of this year’s party.

Your support resulted in the most successful Azalea Garden Party & Silent Auction PHS has ever seen…but we’re not done yet!

There’s still a chance to help raise funds for one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful treasures, the 4-acre Azalea Garden located behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art – and participate in our auction.

The following items are still up for grabs, and bids are by email only.

Email your bid to by 5 p.m., Friday, June 4 with your price. If you have the winning (highest) bid you will be contacted once the auction has closed.

Happy Bidding!

  • emagination computer camps: emagination computer camps is worth the trip! This item entitles the winner to $500 towards a 2010 Camp Registration, located in Salem, NH for children ages 8-17 to both overnight and day programs. Minimum bid: $200.


  •  Upper Merion Dance & Gymnastics Center: Treat your little gymnast to one week of summer camp at the Upper Merion Dance & Gymnastics Center. Activities include Dance, Gymnastics, Tumbling…and more! Minimum bid: $85.


  • Terralina: Enjoy healthy, radiant skin with the Terralina Ultimate Skincare set that includes cleanser, exfoliator, toner, moisturizer and body lotion. Minimum bid: $55.


  • For Her: This Mother of Pearl and silk purse from Vietnam and silk and cotton blend scarf from India, both by inDiago, will compliment any springtime ensemble. Minimum bid: $50.



  • Philadelphia Eagles: Treat the sports fanatic in your life with this football signed by Eagles safety Quintin Demps. Minimum bid: $45.


  • Treat the lady in your life: Lisi Lerch earrings, custom hat and engraveable bracelet from Jen McGowan Millinery and favorites from L’Occitane. Minimum bid: $245.

New Details About “Springtime in Paris”

May 26, 2010

The 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, presented by PNC,  will transport visitors to the beautiful City of Light – the capital of art, fashion, food and love — from March 6-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

A blooming “Springtime in Paris” will greet guests with a bucolic park scene along the Seine. Flowering trees, lilacs, roses and borders of lavender will lead visitors through gardens inspired by the Tuileries. In the distance, a daring Moulin Rouge atmosphere will pulse with cabaret performances, spectacular flower sculptures and carousel topiaries.

“Paris intrigues and entertains like no other city,” said Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney. “The horticulture and culture will transport visitors to another place, all while inspiring them to create wonderful gardens at home.”

Featured displays will highlight:


Congratulations Jane and Blaine!

May 19, 2010

PHS President-Elect Drew Becher, Mayor Michael Nutter, PHS Executive Vice President Blaine Bonham, Outward Bound Philadelphia Executive Director Katie Pastuszek, PHS President Jane Pepper, and Outward Bound Board Chair Tim Greenwood. Photo Courtesy of Simon Jon Photography.

Outward Bound Philadelphia has presented its prestigious Compass Award to PHS President Jane Pepper and Executive Vice President Blaine Bonham.

The Compass Award is awarded annually to an individual, organization, or group from the Greater Philadelphia region that best demonstrates the fundamental founding principles of the Outward Bound Center, including:

  • Character Development, Leadership and Service
  • Self Discovery and Self Reliance
  • Enterprising Curiosity and Undefeatable Spirit
  • Leadership in Service
  • Respect for the Natural World

Pepper and Bonham received the award at Outward Bound Philadelphia’s 2010 Gala Reception at the Navy Yard on May 11 for their work with Philadelphia Green, the urban greening arm of PHS, which is funded in part by proceeds from the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

The Honorable Michael A. Nutter joined in for an evening of festivities, honors, live music, and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate Outward Bound’s 15 years of the gala.

Thank you, Outward Bound Philadelphia, for such a prestigious award and for inspiring character development and self-discovery in people of all ages.

A TV-Eye View of the Flower Show

May 17, 2010

The 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show is just a distant memory — with lots of photos. But you can relive the saturation television coverage now.

From the early February press conference, through opening day, through closing, the TV reporters seemed to be everywhere every day. This roundup of highlights from national and local coverage includes interviews with exhibitors, PHS staff, and designers (see how many times reporters can mispronounce “Lemheney”). To view, go the Flower Show Press Room, click on “Press Clips for the 2010 Show,” and repeat: “Passport to the World” … “Passport to the World”…

Azaleas Abound

May 7, 2010


Azalea Garden Party Commitee Chairs Mark and Liz Ward, PHS President Jane Pepper, Subaru of America Inc.'s Abana Jacobs and PHS President-Elect Drew Becher

Flower Show Exhibitor Robertson's Flowers' Adrienne Krysiuk and Eric Shellack also joined the party

More than 500 guests attended PHS’s  Cinco de Mayo-themed Azalea Garden party on May 5 to raise funds for the Azalea Garden,  one of Philadelphia’s most treasured and beautiful open spaces.

The four-acre garden, situated on the scenic Waterworks promenade behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art,  is home to one of the most impressive collections of azaleas and rhododendrons in the region.

Co-Chairs Mark and Liz Ward noted that along with the dedication of PHS members and volunteers known as the Friends of the Azalea Garden, “this year’s fundraising effort will help maintain the garden’s breathtaking array of plantings, including perennials and planted beds and trees.”

In 1954, PHS gifted the Azalea Garden to the city to “enhance the beauty of Fairmount Park and add to the attractiveness of the city of Philadelphia” and to commemorate the 125th anniversary of PHS. By the late 1980s, the Azalea Garden was overgrown and in disrepair due to municipal funding cuts. So, in 1988, PHS selected the Azalea Garden project for restoration. Since then, the public landscape division of PHS’s Philadelphia Green program has guided the landscaping and maintenance for the garden, and today the Azalea Garden is one of the City’s most popular gathering spaces for wedding photographs, runners, and outdoor enthusiasts.

This year’s Party featured entertainment for all ages including stilt walkers, magicians, children’s crafts, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Catering was provided by Drexelbrook Catering and the event was sponsored by Fairmount Park, Subaru of America, Inc. (a Flower Show sponsor), and The Camera Shop.

Guests enjoyed lively mariachi music, margaritas and a silent auction of trips, events, gardening equipment, artwork and more.

The View from Butterfly Hill

May 7, 2010

Sam Lemheney, Director of Design for the Philadelphia International Flower Show, is in South Korea to share information about the creation of the Show with professional and student groups. This is his latest dispatch:

On Thursday we traveled to Geumsan, the ginseng capital of the world and about an hour south of Daejong, to present to the folks who produce the Geumsan Ginseng Festival. The presentation was cumbersome, to say the least. I had to speak one sentence at a time, and then the translator repeated it in Korean. The audience  seemed to enjoy it, because they asked many questions about the Flower Show afterwards. (more…)

Sam in South Korea

May 6, 2010

Sam Lemheney, Director of Design for the Philadelphia International Flower Show, is in South Korea this week, presenting talks to several groups on behalf of the Show and the International Festival and Events Association. IFEA Korea has organized the international seminar at the Hamyeoung Butterfly Festival and has invited event producers from around that region to participate and learn best practices from the Philadelphia show, the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam, and the Butterfly Festival. Sam will also speak to university students of management about “Characteristics of a Successful Event.”

Sam arrived in Seoul on Tuesday after a 17-hour flight, then traveled three more hours by car to Daejong, where the headquarters of IFEA Korea is located. Here is his first dispatch from his Korean sojourn:

Today we started the day with a visit to Donghak Temple. The temple is located in a national forest of old pine and zelkova trees on Mt. Gyeryong. This temple is one of the Hwaeom Buddhist Order’s ten major temples. It has five small temples and ten smaller buildings with over 1,000 Buddhist statues. Donghak Temple is where Buddhist nuns from all over Korea are educated.

We then had lunch. I told my hosts when I arrived that I wanted to try many of the local dishes, so they took me to their favorite restaurant. We sampled kimchee, octopus, squid, red pepper snails, and many vegetables. The one fish that I was excited to try was blowfish. The chefs have to be certified to prepare the fish because if it is prepared wrong, poison will seep into the meat and make you very sick. I was a little reluctant and made sure the others tried it first. It was actually quite tasty — a very mild white fish, and very good with a little soy sauce.

After lunch, we headed to the Hanbat Arboretum. This is a new public arboretum — less than a year old — and botanical garden in the middle of Daejong. The garden is divided into many small sections: the Maple Garden, Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Bog Garden, Sensory Garden, and Wild Plants Garden. The Rock Garden was my favorite because it appeared to be the most mature. It was situated on a small hill which you could climb and then overlook the entire garden. I also enjoyed the large sweeps of azaleas. The other sections were still very young with many of the trees still staked. Also, the weather prior to my visit was extremely cold. Temperatures were near freezing, the coldest it had been at that time of year in over 100 years. Needless to say, most of the plants and trees were looking a little stressed. I have to say, though, that when this garden matures, it will be quite spectacular.

We start our talks tomorrow and will be visiting the Hampyeoung Butterfly Festival.

Join PHS for a Growing Green Bike Tour

May 5, 2010

Join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which produces the Philadelphia International Flower Show, and members of PHS’s City Harvest Growers Alliance Program (CHGA) for a bicycle exploration of urban gardens and food systems.

Funds raised from this event will be used to purchase bike trailers for use by the City Harvest Growers Alliance farmers.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
When: 2-5pm
Where: Meet at the Our Front Yard Garden (N Front Street & Fairmount Avenue)
Distance: ~8 miles or approximately 3 hours (see below for more information)
Who: All Riders (helmets are highly recommended)

Entry Fee: $15 ($5 off for Bicycle Coalition members) Register here.

The tour will start at Our Front Yard Garden and Liberty Lands Community Garden in Northern Liberties. We will head north to the Teens For Good Garden with a stop through the Village of Arts and Humanities. We will end at Emerald Street farm in Kensington. 


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