Archive for September, 2010

PHS Announces 2010 Community Greening Award Winners

September 30, 2010

Columbus and Fulton streets northside garden traffic island in Pittsburgh

Lewes Gateway Garden in Lewes, Del.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, producer of the Philadelphia International Flower Show and the renowned urban greening program Philadelphia Green, will pay tribute to community greening champions across the state this fall.

The Community Greening Award recognizes businesses, municipalities, civic associations, community groups, garden clubs and individuals across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who have created and maintained public green spaces that enhance their communities. Drawing 84 nominations this year, the program will honor 61 recipients at award ceremonies Oct. 10 in Pittsburgh and Nov. 7 in Philadelphia.

“Studies show quality green spaces enhance the health, beauty and economic vitality of an area,” said Drew Becher, President of PHS. “This award represents a mark of excellence. We congratulate all of the Community Greening Award participants for the impact they have made in their communities.”

Lincoln Square in Gettysburg, Pa.


Getting Ready for Paris – Fairy Style

September 27, 2010
The major floral and landscape designers aren’t the only ones getting ready for “Springtime in Paris.” We just heard from Markeplace vendor Alice Calhoun of Copper Curls® Sculpture who is hard at work on all her new designs for the 2011 Philadelphai International Flower Show.

“There will surely be Toulouse Lautrec, Degas, and maybe even Renoir-inspired dancers since I love dance and dancers so much,” said Calhoun, who has been to Paris eight times and is planning another trip this Christmas. “I’ll also continue with flower faeries based on my visits to Paris in the late spring and early summer, most specifically to Bagatelle and Roseraie de L’Hay near Paris.”

Calhoun already has two new flower faerie designs and may have one or two more. The museum of medieval art in Paris, Musee de Cluny, is serving a source of inspiration. During her trip this holiday season, she is hoping to find a painting that will produce something as special as Botticelli’s Primavera did for the 2009 Flower Show. Many more surprises to unveil!

To learn more about shopping at the Show and marketplace opportunities, click here.

Jamie Rothstein to Bring French Parlor to “Springtime in Paris”

September 22, 2010

Midtown Village resident John Whitenight, who taught art for 30 years in Bucks County and restores glass domed pieces, teams up with Jamie Rothstein to bring a French parlor to “Springtime in Paris.”

There’s no place like home for Center City Philadelphia resident John Whitenight, especially since he lives in a five-floor, brick-and-brownstone row house built in 1862 that has barely been altered since its glorious hey day.

The view from the street is impressive, but the interior is more so. Whitenight has lovingly filled a 40-foot conservatory with rare and worldly plants; he’s created two plush Parisian-inspired parlors draped in velvet; and amassed antiques from the 19th century, now carefully restored and displayed.

Whitenight, who taught high-school art for 30 years in Bucks County, is teaming up with longtime Flower Show exhibitor Jamie Rothstein Floral Design to bring a French parlor and garden to “Springtime in Paris,” the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show. His home serves as just the beginning for their inspiration.

“That lush, over-the-top Parisian life, that’s what we are trying to capture,” Whitehouse said recently.

“The exhibit will be the best blend of what we both do,” Rothstein said.

Early designs for the exhibit, which will come to life near the Show’s main feature, include an interior parlor with crown molding, architectural urns overflowing with fresh cut flowers, sconces and large windows. The exterior will include antique wire window-boxes, a walk-through Parisian garden, and a central fountain. The display may also draw from period-appropriate plants, such as chenille, Kentia palms and Aspidistra.

“Aspidistra were very popular. They were the only plants that could withstand coal and gas fumes of the 19th century parlors,” Whitenight said. “That’s why they are called cast-iron plants.”

We can’t wait!

Great Pumpkin Rising for Meadowbrook Farm’s Fall Open House

September 20, 2010

Visitors celebrating the season at Meadowbrook Farm’s upcoming Fall Open House will encounter a natural wonder: a 500-pound (and growing) pumpkin!

Brandon Huber, a Philadelphia International Flower Show blue-ribbon winner, Temple University student and Meadowbrook Farm employee, is carefully nurturing this great pumpkin before he enters it in the Pumpkin Madness Festival at Delaware Valley College on Oct. 9.

Join us Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Meadowbrook Farm Open House, 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook (Abington Township), Pa. 19046. Meadowbrook Farm, a garden center and gift shop, is an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Visitors can see the pumpkin by taking a hayride during the Open House.

Enjoy the grounds and autumn décor of this historic estate garden and nursery as well as shop for great seasonal plants and gifts. A children’s activity, hayrides, refreshments (popcorn and cider), gardening lectures, and tours of the estate house and private gardens — all free– will also be available. For more information on Meadowbrook Farm, please visit

Here’s an easy way to enter the Flower Show

September 16, 2010

Pick up one or two of this year’s Challenge Plants at PHS (20th and Arch streets) in the Shows Department for $7 each and nurture them until showtime in March. Then bring them to the Show, amaze your friends and colleagues, and perhaps win a ribbon.

Here are the plants that are available now (a third, a Pelargonium, sold out yesterday):

CLASS 2999: Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’—Judged Saturday, March 5 (you could also plant this woolly treasure in your garden)

CLASS 3999: Streptocarpus ‘Purple Martin’—Judged Tuesday, March 8

Of course, if they’re in good shape, you can enter them in other classes on the other judging days.

Come on over and get started. First come, first served.

Flower Show Wins Eight International Festival Awards

September 16, 2010

The Philadelphia International Flower Show received eight international festival awards for excellence for the 2010 presentation, “Passport to the World,” at ceremonies Wednesday, Sept. 15, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Flower Show, produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, was honored in a variety of programming and promotional categories. The prizes for PHS included a Gold award for its community outreach program, City Harvest, which raises fresh produce for distribution to underserved residents, trains prison inmates in green job skills, and supports urban farmers.

The professional competition, presented by the International Festivals & Events Association, draws entries from around the world. Winners were announced at the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held during the association’s 55th annual convention in St. Louis.

The Flower Show awards were for the following categories (for events with budgets over $1.5 million):


PHS to create “Living Room” for National Park(ing) Day

September 15, 2010

More green, less gray. That is the message the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will share by joining several other organizations and businesses throughout Philadelphia for Park(ing) Day on Friday, Sept. 17.

Park(ing) Day is an annual, one-day event that has spread nationally and internationally to bring attention to the joys of urban parks by transforming city parking spots into temporary green spaces. The goal is to reclaim parking spots and transform them into engaging, people-friendly public spaces for one day a year.

Starting at 9 a.m., staff members PHS will transform two parking spots in front of the PHS building at 20th and Arch streets into a “living room.” The green room will include couches made of sod-covered hay bales, a sedum coffee table, a moss-covered floor lamp and a chalk rug where visitors may fill in the rug design with colored chalk. The park will be up and running during business hours and all materials will be recycled, composted or repurposed.

Park(ing) Day was founded by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, in 2005 to raise awareness of the need for green spaces in urban environments. Philadelphia celebrated Park(ing) Day for the first time in 2008 with over 25 installations for relaxing, cycling, creating art, education, and socializing. For more information on Park(ing) Day, please check or


PHS Talks Trees at GreenFest Philly

September 14, 2010

Philadelphia Green project coordinator Alice Edgerton and urban forestry coordinator Liz Haegle share PHS information with visitors to GreenFest Philly on Sept. 12.

A day after PHS launched its new Fall Garden Festival at the Philadelphia Navy Yard (huge success!), the organization participated in another celebration — GreenFest Philly, a one-day street fair devoted to sustainable living on Sunday, Sept. 12. Green businesses, non-profits and other groups offered information, products and services at the festival along Second Street, between South and Pine Streets.

PHS provided information about joining Tree Tenders, the benefits of trees,  and participating in the TreeVitalize One Million campaign, which has a goal of planting a million trees in the Philadelphia region. Visitors also stopped by to find out how to join PHS and to hear about the latest plans for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris.”

Do We Hear Wedding Bells?

September 14, 2010

Robertson's COO Lisa Roth and designer Eric Schellack plan to create a wedding at Notre Dame for their exhibit at "Springtime in Paris"


It’s been a few years since Eric Schellack visited the City of Lights. The college graduate was only 22 when he toured Paris and walked  the steps of Notre Dame. But no one forgets the beauty that surrounds the dramatic architecture of Paris. 

Schellack, the wedding and special events manager for Robertson’s Flowers, will help create a Notre Dame wedding at the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show. 

“It’s going to be fantasy,” Schelleck said recently. “The biggest challenge will be going high up in the air. …” 

Flying buttresses, gargoyles covered in live plant material, passionate bursts of reds and white, you name it. 

Schelleck said he’s looking forward to mixing new and old, a trend in today’s weddings, and something Robertson’s does best. 

“Brides want clean lines and the modern restrained look. We love to create that sleek design but play off old architecture,” he said. 

In 2010, Robertson’s won a PHS Award of Distinction and a Best Achievement Award for designing a flower-filled Dutch adventure for “Passport to the World.” Robertson’s Flowers has been part of the Flower Show for more than 30 years.  “Springtime in Paris,” will be presented March 6-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

Stay tuned for more!

Windows to the World

September 8, 2010

The Comcast Center's 2010 Window

Each year, more than 250,000 visitors travel to the Greater Philadelphia region to attend the Philadelphia International Flower Show and enjoy area shops, restaurants and attractions. Join us in 2011 for “Springtime in Paris,” by participating in our free annual Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest. It’s still early, but sign up to learn more later this fall and get your window ready right after Valentine’s Day. The contest takes place before and during the Show, which runs March 6-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Contestants can win in several different categories as well as Flower Show tickets.


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