Archive for April, 2011

Tradition Takes the Crown in Royal Wedding Bouquet Challenge

April 29, 2011

Who better to design wedding bouquets inspired by the royal wedding than four of our favorite Philadelphia International Flower Show exhibitors? PHS asked Robertson’s Flowers, Michael Bruce Florist, Flowers by David, and Beautiful Blooms to put together some regal arrangements as part of our Royal Wedding Bouquet Challenge. We then asked you to pick your favorite. After a week of voting the winner is…

Michael Bruce Florist for his modest-but-stylish bouquet that offered something old, new, borrowed, and blue. It’s hard to mess with tradition, especially when it comes to royalty!

As part of this contest, four randomly selected voters will receive a floral arrangement fit for a king or queen! These lucky individuals are:

Lisa S., winner of a Michael Bruce arrangement

Kim D., winner of a Beautiful Blooms Events arrangement

Rena K., winner of a Flowers by David arrangement

Sindi G., winner of a Robertson’s Flowers arrangement

In case you missed out on the voting, check out the four participants’ creations in the slideshow below.

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Meadowbrook Open House – Tomorrow!

April 29, 2011

As all of London busily makes final arrangements for the royal wedding, the team at Meadowbrook Farm is preparing for the Spring Open House on Saturday. Featuring designs and gift items inspired by England, this tea-party-with-a-twist will provide endless ideas for your home castle.

Featured plants include:

  • The coveted black velvet petunia; try pairing it with the diamond frost euphorbia
  • Savory herbs planted in ceramic tea cups of all colors
  • Combination baskets of mom’s favorite spring perennials
  • Mixed lettuce bowls, perfect for home-grown salads

Beyond shopping, the Meadowbrook Farm Open House is ideal for spending time with the family. Capture cute pictures of the kids (or grandkids!) in the many gardens and help them plant their own herb to take home. And don’t miss short demonstrations to help you achieve garden greatness. Topics include “Compost ‘Tea’ & Tips for a Greener Garden” and “A Modern Twist on Elegant English Design” (see the full schedule here).

So come to Meadowbrook Farm in Abington Township this Saturday, April 30 from 8 am to 6 pm. The first 100 PHS Members to swing by the Membership tent will receive a free plant (one per membership, please bring valid Membership card). Directions and additional information can be found at

It’s going to be smashing!

black petunia photo courtesy of Ball Hort. Co.

Royal Wedding Bouquet Challenge Heats Up!

April 27, 2011

As Prince William and Kate Middleton count down the days until their I do’s, the participants in the Royal Wedding Bouquet Challenge are waiting for YOUR votes!

Click here to view the selections and cast your vote. You have until Friday, April 29 to be entered to win a floral arrangement inspired by one the beautiful bouquets. Good luck!

Come Party in the Garden

April 25, 2011

Join PHS for the annual ‘Party in the Garden’ on May 4 at the Azalea Garden in Fairmount Park. Formerly known as the Azalea Garden Party, this year’s event boasts a new name and fun surprises while celebrating PHS’s longstanding commitment to enhancing signature civic spaces throughout the region.

This year, David Fierabend and the team from Groundswell Design Group have lent their extraordinary talents to create a festive atmosphere for party guests. The Party in the Garden will also feature fun family programs from the Please Touch Museum.

Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

Vote! Royal Wedding Bouquet Challenge

April 22, 2011

While a dress is dandy and a cake is great, everyone at PHS agrees that flowers are the most important component of any wedding. In honor of the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, PHS asked four of its most popular Flower Show exhibitors to create beautiful bridal bouquets.

View the stunning creations here and vote for your favorite. Four lucky voters will be randomly selected to receive a free floral arrangement inspired by these designs. Voting starts now and will run through April 29, the day the royal couple tie the knot.

Which bouquet is most fitting for a future queen? It’s up to you!

And for more England-inspired excitement, you are cordially invited to attend the Meadowbrook Farm Spring Open House on Saturday, April 30. Click here for details.

Royalty Reigns at the Meadowbrook Farm Spring Open House

April 22, 2011

Didn’t get invited to the royal wedding? We’ve got the next best thing. Come to the Meadowbrook Farm Open House on Saturday, April 30 (8am to 6pm), for a day of shopping, music, food, and more.

The estate and gardens have been decked out for a “proper” English tea. Far from old-fashioned, this party features funky found objects and pops of spring color. A display of PHS Gold Medal Plants will highlight the absolute best plants for the region.

These displays, courtesy of Nectars Landscape & Design, will inspire you to add flair and fun to your castle. Shop Meadowbrook for herbs, hanging baskets, bulbs, and gifts for Mother’s Day (May 8).

Be further inspired by attending free mini-demonstrations led by gardening connoisseurs! The line-up is…

  • 10 am, Compost ‘Tea’ & Other Tips for a Greener Garden
  • 11 am, A Modern Twist on Elegant English Design
  • 12 noon, 600 Pounds of Produce: Competitive Pumpkin Growing
  • 1 pm, The Royal Treatment: Traditional English Arrangements
  • 2 pm, Fit for a King: The Must-Have Plants for Spring

On top of all that, the Open House features a kids’ activity, face painting, and fantastic lunches and snacks from Curds ‘n Whey. Find more information at This Open House is sure to be smashing!

The Horticulture Behind the Royal Wedding

April 20, 2011

During the Royal Wedding, England’s floral heraldic emblem will be in full bloom

By Ed Salvato

Spring is a frantic, time-intensive season for gardeners. Planting and tending to a garden takes time, patience and a considerable amount of effort. Imagine trying to take care of Great Britain’s royal parks and gardens. Now, add in the royal wedding of the century, with His Royal Highness Prince William and Kate Middleton as your centerpiece, and an estimated one billion pairs of eyes on your work. Was that the clatter of a thousand pairs of dropped pruners?

Brits take their gardens very seriously and participate in numerous horticultural events throughout the year. Two of the most noteworthy are Britain in Bloom, a horticultural campaign with over 1,000 municipality participants, and the Chelsea Flower Show, an annual event that will feature exhibits with a Royal Wedding theme this year.

The actual Royal Wedding will take place among some of London’s most wonderful and beautifully-maintained gardens and parks. Home to 5,000 acres of historical parkland and attracting millions of Londoners and tourists each year are London’s eight royal parks. One of which is the St. James Park, the location where the wedding procession will take place and a space with a rich royal history, a picturesque landscape, and some of the capital’s most prestigious sights.

After departing from Buckingham Palace, William and Kate will make their way through the St. James gardens en route to Westminster Abbey where they will officially tie the knot. Along the way they will see flowers with royal significance, such as the national flower (and heraldic emblem) of: England, the rose; Scotland, the Scottish thistle; and Wales, the daffodil.

While many of us can’t live like royalty, we can at least make our gardens look fit for a king or queen. So go ahead, plant some of these royal flowers, grab a bottle of Pimm’s, and toast many happy years to Will and Kate.

To see British garden design infused with a modern twist, attend the Spring Open House at Meadowbrook Farm on Saturday, April 30 (the day after Will and Kate say “I do!”).

Kids Grow Expo: Inspiring the Next Generation of Gardeners

April 18, 2011

Now that the snowmen have melted away and the sleds have been put back in the shed, school children can look forward to the 2011 Kids Grow Expo, an event that celebrates the warmer temperatures and inspires students to enjoy the outdoors and help out in the garden.

Presented by the PHS, the Kids Grow Expo is a horticultural exhibition for school-age children in the Greater Philadelphia Region that fosters awareness of horticulture and the environment and encourages their active participation in growing and gardening.

As part of the Temple University Ambler EarthFest, this free event is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day…and Arbor Day!

After all, the Kids Grow Expo theme for 2011 is “Magical, Mystical Trees,” which will intrigue and inspire through projects pertaining to the famous trees of folklore and fairy tales.

So mark your calendar for this year’s Kids Grow Expo event on April 29 from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Your kid may be the next budding horticulturist waiting to bloom! For more information from PHS about the event, click here or visit the EarthFest Kids Grow Expo page.

Horticourt Stories: Walt Fisher

April 15, 2011

Walt Fisher learned how to force bulbs when he was 13 years old and working at a greenhouse during the war. Now he is a well-known Flower Show veteran sharing some of his Show secrets.

Have you ever thought about entering the Flower Show?

Meadowbrook Farm’s Extended Spring Hours!

April 13, 2011

Did the Flower Show inspire you to achieve gardening greatness? Meadowbrook Farm wants to help!

Longer, warmer days means Meadowbrook will be opening earlier and closing later, starting April 17. And it will even be open on Sundays!

Come in to shop for quality annuals and perennials, indoor plants, garden accessories, and gifts for the home. Plants makes great gifts for Passover, Easter, and Mother’s Day, and PHS members save 10% on all plant purchases.

Spring is here, so don’t miss out on Meadowbrook shopping to find beautiful accents for your garden and home.

Extended Spring Hours: April 17 – July 2

Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday – Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

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