Archive for February, 2011

Who’s Your Favorite French Lady?

February 23, 2011

You already know that Thursday, March 10 is Girls’ Night Out at the Flower Show, but…

Irish Primrose to Make Stateside Debut at Flower Show

February 23, 2011

The Flower Show is on the cutting edge when it comes to gardening, but sometimes the most modern things have origins that go far back in time.

This year our friends at Tourism Ireland are bringing Pat FitzGerald of FitzGerald Nurseries to the Flower Show. There they will unveil for American audiences the first in a series of “Kennedy Irish Primrose.”

Pat FitzGerald will speak at the Flower Show on Tuesday, March 8 at 4 pm in the Subaru Gardener’s Studio. He will share a bit about the primrose’s legacy in the Ireland—did you know eating primroses is said to enable you to see fairies?—as well as provide tips for how to grow them in your garden. Learn more here.

So if you’re a fan of all things Irish, remember to visit the Tourism Ireland exhibit (where there’s sure to be stunning stonework), purchase some charming primrose, and hear Pat FitzGerald of County Kilkenny speak at the Gardener’s Studio.

Paris, Gone Plastic

February 22, 2011

Anyone with an interest in Paris will instantly recognize the magnificent Arc du Triomphe. But did you know that this 175-year-old monument is made entirely of plastic?

OK, fine, not really. But for the 2011 Flower Show, artist Michael Dee will recreate the famous landmark using recycled, reused, and virgin plastics. The environmentally minded display will proudly reside in the Grand Hall for all Show visitors to admire.

The one-of-a-kind sculpture comes courtesy of Plastics Make it Possible, an initiative sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council. Representatives will be at the Show providing tips on how consumers can recycle and reuse more of the plastics they encounter daily. The Council will also showcase how recycled plastics contribute to functional, stylish outdoor spaces through decking, vertical gardens, flower pots, bird houses, and furniture. Visit to learn more.

Once the Show concludes, the sculpture may live on as a display. Or it may be re-recycled locally. Either way it will not enter the waste stream. A win-win for the environment and a wonderful addition to the Flower Show!

A Trip to the Chelsea Flower Market

February 20, 2011

Earlier we asked you what flowers Donna O’Brien and Beautiful Blooms Events should use in their Flower Show exhibit. Well last week Donna journeyed to the New York flower market and took photos of some stunners (who knew artichokes could look elegant?). See them for yourself, here.

Win Big with PHS & Charitybuzz

February 19, 2011

PHS is delighted to announce a new partnership with charitybuzz! Starting Thursday, February 24, you can support PHS by bidding on exclusive, exotic and exciting prizes at

Unfamiliar with charitybuzz? Prepare to be amazed. Charitybuzz is a collection of online auctions where people bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences. With charitybuzz, you could win celebrities encounters, luxury trips, designer merchandise, access to VIP events, and much more.

From February 24-March 18, charitybuzz will feature an auction that directly supports PHS. More specifically, proceeds go to PHS programs including:

Plant One Million – each donation helps PHS plant trees toward its goal of one million new trees in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

City Harvest – each donation helps PHS grow and donate fresh produce to feed families in need.

By now you want to start bidding, right? Well you have to wait until the auction goes live on Thursday, February 24. Once it does you’ll undoubtedly be blown away by the incredible offerings. Participate from your computer or smart phone – or place a bid in person at the Preview Party of the Philadelphia International Flower Show, March 5.



Find Your New Hobby at the Gardener’s Studio

February 18, 2011

The Flower Show aims to dazzle, delight, and even dumbfound visitors. But beyond that we want you to come away with new ideas for gardening and greening. Therefore, I recommend the Gardener’s Studio, sponsored by Subaru.

Located smack-dab in the middle of the Show floor, the Gardener’s Studio offers presentations on the hour, every hour from 11 am to 7 pm. The topics cover a wide range, so something is bound to pique your interest. For starters there’s…

  • green roofs
  • urban foraging
  • Gold Medal Plants
  • bee keeping
  • culinary herbs
  • and so much more!

Check out the full schedule here and start planning your Flower Show experience. And thanks to Subaru of America for their ongoing support of this essential educational exhibit.

For Families: Girl Scout Day at the Flower Show

February 17, 2011

Flower Show Week culminates with Girl Scout Day, on Sunday, March 13. Girl Scouts who have completed the PHS patch program, “Planting Seeds, Growing Lives,” will be honored in a special ceremony at the Show.

All Girl Scouts who attend the Show in a scout uniform or sash will be admitted to the Show for $7.

Girl Scout Day tickets are available on Sunday, March 13 at the Show Box Office only.

Postcard-Worthy Paris: Many Perspectives

February 16, 2011

The Philadelphia Flower Show loves Paris from every angle and this year’s featured displays will explore many different Parisian environments. Thanks to Gerard G., we see the city from behind a statue, below the hedge, and alongside a row of rental bikes.












There is no limit to what the eye, or the camera lens, can capture!

Enhance Your Experience: See Top Chefs Prepare Tasty Dishes

February 16, 2011

Paris is known for many things, but its rich, savory food might outrank the rest. When you attend the Flower Show, sit in on free cooking demonstrations to see renowned chefs from Philadelphia and beyond prepare scrumptious meals.

Hosted by Chef Joseph Shilling with assistance from Philadelphia’s JNA Institute of Culinary Arts, these mouth-watering presentations will be held three times each day during the Show, March 6 to 13, on the Concourse in Room 204C at Noon, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm.

Highlights this year include executive chef Nicholas Elmi from Philadelphia’s Le Bec Fin restaurant and natural foods expert Christina Pirello. Click here for the complete list of chefs.

A Monet in the Making?

February 15, 2011

How’s this for adorable? Thanks to Sofia W. for her hand-drawn take on Springtime in Paris. Click the image for a closer look!

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