Archive for October, 2010

Flower Show Partner to Appear on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

October 22, 2010

Scenery First Inc., which is creating an expansive Eiffel Tower for the main feature of the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris,” will be on national television this weekend.  The Sharon Hill, Pa.-based company helped out with an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition back in August that will air this Sunday night. The episode is themed “Urban Family.”

“It was a lot of work, but I think the finished product shows off the cool stuff we get to do,”  Scenery First’s Jack Doyle said. “Watch for the fairy tale book, horse stable, chicken coop and peacock house in extreme versions, of course.”

The episode will air Sunday, Oct. 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. eastern and 7 p.m. central time. 

We can’t wait to see Scenery First’s magic at the Flower Show.

Channeling the Mona Lisa

October 19, 2010

Donning berets, Tom Covello and the designers from returning Flower Show exhibitor Celebrations Design Group, met recently to contemplate  the creative beginnings of their exhibit for the 2011 International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris.”

According to Celebration’s Daniel Krall, the designers derived some inspiration from the Mona Lisa and the tri-color French flag.  (They also wanted to indulge in some delicious Bordeaux wine during the meeting, but stuck to Perrier:)

Details are evolving. Stay tuned for more!

Have you been fascinated by the intricate “floral” jewelry at the Philadelphia International Flower Show?

October 18, 2010

Join PHS for a free Jewelry Workshop this Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 1  p.m. at Abington Township’s Meadowbrook Farm.

The 2011 Show’s  Jewelry Class chairs will discuss how to create and enter jewelry designs made from natural plant materials. An assortment of tools and materials will be available for participants to experiment with different techniques.

The workshop is free and open to all. No experience is required. Please bring a bag lunch. Contact Michelle Dean mdean@pennhort.org; 215-988-8827 to reserve your place.

By the way, Meadowbrook’s grounds and house will be gorgeous with changing leaves this weekend. Check out the nursery and plants galore, of course.

For more information about the 2011 Show, “Springtime in Paris,” please visit here.

Tour de France with J. Downend Landscaping

October 15, 2010

Photo Courtesy of FranceforVisitors.com

We had the honor of catching up with Tom Morris from J. Downend Landscaping recently, which was invited back to the Philadelphia International Flower Show for its expertise.

This Crum Lynne, Pa.-based company will take show guests on “Tour de France” with a lighthearted interpretation of the world-renowned bicycle race. A streetscape garden will showcase French culture including art, culinary influences, architecture and sports to name a few.

“Our garden will represent a cross section of the experience a visitor to France may bring home with them,” Morris told us.

We can’t wait to see it.

Making Rain and Night Sky with Groundswell

October 12, 2010

From right to left, David Fierabend, Seth Pearsoll and Gene Underwood

The team at Groundswell Design Group, a brand new exhibitor to the Philadelphia International Flower Show, gathered around the table recently to discuss design details and initial prototypes for their installation for “Springtime in Paris.”

Let’s just say a metal sculptor and an aquatics designer are working out ways to make rain, a builder and a plantsman are determining how to suspend trees in mid-air and an artist and a lighting specialist are figuring out the best way to replicate a Parisian sky at night.

Many details to come. Here comes the rain.

Flower Show Workshops Coming

October 11, 2010

 

Photo Courtesy of Mettie Fisher

 

PHS will hold a series of workshops in preparation for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris,” March 6-13.

Workshops are free and open to Flower Show exhibitors as well as arrangers who want to learn about entering the Show. No reservations are required. Bring a friend!

Workshops will be held in Penllyn, Pa., at the Lower Gwynedd Township Park Building in Penllyn Woods. Programs start promptly at 10 a.m. Coffee will be available beginning at 9:45 a.m. Programs will end by noon.

Exhibitors are encouraged to remain after the programs to try ideas and consult with their advisors. Samples of
the staging will be available. Backgrounds can be fitted in the niches, and a variety of colored lighting can be
tried.

DATES/TOPICS

Saturday, January 15
Avant-Garde

Alice Farley and Leslie Purple
These talented ladies work together not only professionally as landscape designers but as
award-winning floral designers in classes from minis to jewelry. Leslie and Alice are involved
in design work both nationally and internationally. Their presentation of what’s on the “cutting
edge” in French Floral Design will be a not-to-be-missed inspiration for this year’s Show.

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Topiary Sailboats, Walking on Water and More

October 8, 2010

Flower Show Chair Melinda Moritz, PHS President Drew Becher and PHS Senior Vice President of Business Development Kate Wilhelm

We had a great time last night catching up with major landscape and floral designers  for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris,” at Tyler Arboretum in Delware County.

We heard tid bits about plans for major exhibits including a little Parisian opera, topiary sailboats, “walking on water” and more.

Drew Becher with Celebrations Design Group's Tom Covello and Dan Krall. Celebrations Design Group will be exhibiting for its third year.

 

Exhibitors Tom Morris from J. Downend Landscaping, Peter Irwin from Irwin Landscaping and PHS Shows Operations Manager Bob Felke. Both J. Downdend and Irwin will be bringing their best to the Show in 2011.

 

Tyler Arboretum's Robert Herald, Betsey Ney and Regina Barella

 

Longtime Flower Show participant Jane Pollock, PHS's Betty Greene and Pat Musolf, and Suzanne Ries

Flower Show Looking Forward to Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

October 6, 2010

As we plan for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris,” we are looking forward to this spring’s Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

The Festival, inspired by the Kimmel Center and to feature Paris 1910-1920 and the creative spirit of the time, will be held April 7 – May 1.

Organizers will kick off ticket sales with a ceremony tomorrow starting at 10:30 am at the Kimmel featuring the national touring cast of JERSEY BOYS as well as acknowledging the collaboration of the festival’s 128 partner organizations. A PIFA Truck, complete with costumed representatives of some of the festival’s event categories (food, fashion, dance, theatre and art), will visit four neighborhoods, offering chances to win a pair of tickets to the festival’s opening night gala and performance.

Tour Stops include:

  • Pat’s/Geno’s, 9th & Wharton, 11:45 -12:15
  • Taller Puertorriqueno, 2721 N. 5th Street, 1:15 – 1:30
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, 2:30 – 3:00
  • Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave, 4:45 – 5:15     

We can’t wait!

 The 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show will be held March 6-13, 2011 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

PHS Looking for Green City Teachers

October 6, 2010

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is looking for Green City Teachers this fall. 

The 5-session Green City Teachers Basic Training will be held at PHS, 100 N. 20th St., 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103 on:

Thursdays, October 21 and 28 and November 4 and 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 23  from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This course will encourage Philadelphia educators to integrate horticulture and environmental education into their classrooms as they participate in a forum for sharing ideas. Topics include Basic Horticulture, Food Gardening, Trees, Indoor Gardening, and Habitat Gardens. Up to 16 hours of Act 48 credit are available.

Pre-Registration Fee: $20.

Walk-in Registration: $25.

To register online, visit  here. Online registration fee includes an additional $2.09 handling charge.

For more information, contact greencityteachers@pennhort.org

A Taste of France: PHS’s 1827 Society enjoys a day at Nemours

October 4, 2010

The Nemours mansion and gardens

Eighteen members of PHS’s 1827 Society spent a lovely day at the Nemours Mansion and Garden in Wilmington, Delaware on October 1st.

1827 Society members enjoy the garden vista

At the estate, these upper-level PHS members received a tour of the newly restored mansion, home of Alfred I. du Pont (1864-35), which was recently returned to its early-20th century glory in a $39 million restoration.

The group was then given a van tour of the gardens and 300-acre grounds, culminating in a visit to the garage where Mr. and Mrs. du Pont kept a pristine collection of vintage automobiles, including a rare Rolls Royce.


Nemours' vintage luxury-automobile collection

The mansion was designed roughly one hundred years ago to evoke the architectural style of Versailles and other 18th century estates. Its name, Nemours, was derived from the ancestral du Pont home in France. The estate’s strong French theme through also brings to mind the upcoming 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, Springtime in Paris.

As part of the 1827 Society, these upper-level PHS members are invited to special tours, events, and behind-the-scenes activities all year long, and the Nemours trip was certainly one that will be long remembered. To become a member of the 1827 Society, click here to learn about benefits and how to join.

1827 Society Enjoy a Day at the Nemours Mansion and Gardens

Eighteen members of PHS’s 1827 Society spent a lovely day at the Nemours Mansion and Garden in Wilmington, Delaware on October 1st. These upper-level PHS members are invited to special parties, tours and events all year long, and the Nemours trip was certainly one that will be long remembered.

The mansion was designed roughly one hundred years ago to echo the architectural style of Versailles and other late-18th century estates, while its name—Nemours—was derived fro

1827 Society Enjoy a Day at the Nemours Mansion and Gardens

Eighteen members of PHS’s 1827 Society spent a lovely day at the Nemours Mansion and Garden in Wilmington, Delaware on October 1st. These upper-level PHS members are invited to special parties, tours and events all year long, and the Nemours trip was certainly one that will be long remembered.

The mansion was designed roughly one hundred years ago to echo the architectural style of Versailles and other late-18th century estates, while its name—Nemours—was derived from the ancestral du Pont home in France. The estate’s strong French theme through also brings to mind the upcoming 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, Springtime in Paris.

They received a tour of the newly restored mansion, home of Alfred I. du Pont (1864-35), which was recently returned to its early 20th century glory in a $39 million restoration. Then, the 1827 Society guests were given a van tour of the gardens and 300-acre grounds, culminating in a visit to the garage where Mr. and Mrs. du Pont kept a pristine collection of vintage automobiles, including a rare Rolls Royce.

If you want to join the fun as a member of the 1827 Society, click here for more information.

m the ancestral du Pont home in France. The estate’s strong French theme through also brings to mind the upcoming 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, Springtime in Paris.

They received a tour of the newly restored mansion, home of Alfred I. du Pont (1864-35), which was recently returned to its early 20th century glory in a $39 million restoration. Then, the 1827 Society guests were given a van tour of the gardens and 300-acre grounds, culminating in a visit to the garage where Mr. and Mrs. du Pont kept a pristine collection of vintage automobiles, including a rare Rolls Royce.

If you want to join the fun as a member of the 1827 Society, click here for more information.


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