Archive for May, 2011

Horticourt Stories: The Shipley Sprouts

May 27, 2011

In this video, hear from the Shipley Sprouts Horticultural Club. The program produces a number of student entries and these teenagers are fierce competitors!

Answer the Green Scene Quick Question!

May 25, 2011

With the growing season well underway, the editors of Green Scene are pining to hear from YOU, the greenest readers around! All you have to do is answer the Green Scene Quick Question:

How does your garden reflect your personality?

Select answers will be featured in an upcoming issue. Creativity and originality count, so don’t be shy! Answers must be 25 words or fewer and can be posted as a comment to this very post!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Michael Petrie’s Approach to Garden Art

May 23, 2011

Who can forget Michael Petrie’s fabulous exhibit at the 2011 Flower Show? Known for his beautiful creations comprised of objets trouves (found objects), Petrie’s works are one-of-a-kind and blur the line between trash and treasure.

You can see his affinity for found objects at Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens, located in Downingtown, PA. You can also learn more about his aesthetic approach in this philly.com article.

As he says, “Art is put into a garden because you have a connection to it. Garden art should have soul. It should have personality. You can’t just go out and buy stuff and plunk it in your yard.” Read the article, and check out past blogs on this renaissance garden artist!

PHS Pops Up: Enter the Carousel Contest

May 20, 2011

As you may have seen on Facebook, the carousel animals from the 2011 Flower Show are making an encore appearance this summer on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Nine creatures – animals, insects and other whimsical beasts brought to life with plant materials – were installed around Logan Square as part of today’s City in Bloom event.

PHS prez Drew Becher says, “The installation of the carousel animals is the first in a series of “PHS Pops Up” events that will transform sites around the city, and surprise and inspire residents and visitors.”

Now that the animals are settled in, it seems only fitting that we honor them with names. Simply suggest clever, creative names for our magnificent menagerie, and you’ll be entered to win a fabulous prize from Meadowbrook Farm. You can also vote for your favorite. Click here to enter the Carousel Contest!

Kids are invited to get in on the fun, too! PHS wants budding artists (ages 4 – 15) to submit drawings and doodles of the carousel animals. Drew Becher and Flower Show designer Sam Lemheney will select three winners and those young people will win a prize (and have their artwork displayed in the PHS McLean Library). Paints, markers, crayons, charcoal–anything goes! Send entries to PHS Carousel Contest, 100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

And keep looking for PHS to “pop up” across the city!

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All Smiles at Spring Events

May 18, 2011

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then PHS has a lot to say about the marvelous spring events of the past few weeks. Highlights include:

Check out the PHS Facebook page for photo albums of the events. (You don’t need a Facebook account to see all the smiling faces!) And if you missed out on the fun, hit the “like” button to stay informed on what’s ahead.

Get Tropical at the 2012 Flower Show

May 13, 2011

Have you noticed the new banner for the blog?

That’s right, the Philadelphia International Flower Show is saying ALOHA to Hawaii with our 2012 theme!

Subscribe to our blog and keep checking back for the latest information on “Islands of Aloha” and other PHS events and activities.

Malamapono a hui hou!

Read Green Scene Online!

May 11, 2011

Eagerly awaiting the steamy weather of summer? Cool your jets before and read the sizzlin’  May/June 2011 edition of Green Scene, PHS’s gardening magazine.

Check out this online version; it is sure to set your vegetable gardening passions ablaze. If you’d like Green Scene delivered to your door (or your email inbox), become a PHS Member!

April Showers Bring May Gardening Series

May 6, 2011

With May comes flowers and some great PHS Gardening Series classes that are sure to wash those rainy April days away. Join us!

Native Plants in the Landscape
Saturday, May 7. 11 am – Noon
Ivy Ridge Station
4996 Umbria Street, Philadelphia, PA

Landscape architect Michael LoFurno discusses how native plants can provide a beautiful, hardy, drought-resistant, low-maintenance landscape while benefiting the environment. Details

Hardy Summer Bulbs
Wednesday, May 11. 11 am – 2: pm
Blue Bell Library
650 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA

Summer bulbs are ideal for containers and add color to mixed garden borders without taking up much space. Horticulturist Lucille Amadie will focus on how to make the most of these versatile plants. Details

Gardening with Kids
Thursday, May 12. 11 pm – 2:30 pm
Tacony Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia
6742 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Environmental educator Charlotte Kidd demonstrates how gardening with kids can be a rewarding learning experience for all. Details

Four Season Gardening
Tuesday, May 17. 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cobbs Creek Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia
5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

Environmental educator Lori Hayes shares tips on using a variety of color and plantings to make your garden sparkle all year long. Details

Color in the Garden
Wednesday, May 18. 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tacony Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia
6742 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Environmental educator Eva Monheim will show how to effectively create and use color combinations in your garden and landscape. Details

Vegetable Gardening A Family Affair
Monday, May 23. 6 pm – 7 pm
PHS McLean Library
100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia

Vegetable gardening with children is a rewarding experience for all. Horticulturist Sally McCabe will share tips and ideas for varieties that are fun to plant and grow. Details

Invasive Plant Management
Wednesday, May 25. 1 pm – 2 pm
Upper Merion Senior Service Center
650 Henderson Road, King of Prussia, PA

Horticulturist Mia Mengucci offers practical techniques for managing invasive plants, including prevention and eradication. Details

Party in the Garden Tonight!

May 4, 2011

Today is the day! After work this evening, come to Fairmount Park’s spectacular Azalea Garden and party with PHS. The whole family is invited to this rain-or-shine celebration!

This year’s Party in the Garden, formerly known as the Azalea Garden Party, is receiving a makeover thanks to the innovative designs of David Fierabend and Groundswell Design Group. You may remember David from his breathtaking interpretation of Monet’s Allée at this year’s Flower Show.

The Party in the Garden also offers fun family programs from the Please Touch Museum and live music. Today’s the day—click here to purchase tickets (you may also buy them upon arrival).

Explore the World’s Great Gardens at Evening Lecture

May 2, 2011

Too busy during the daytime to cultivate your gardening passion? You’re in luck! PHS is offering an evening lecture to meld your inner creativity with your love for gardening.

Famous for her descriptions of both famous and hidden landscapes, Paula Deitz will be at the PHS Auditorium on Wednesday, May 11 at 6 pm to share her experiences from her extensive travels.

As in her new book, Of Gardens: Selected Essays, Paula will describe her great adventures of continual discovery, highlighting the artful beauty of individual gardens and the intellectual and historical threads that weave them together. She will relate how people, over many centuries and in many lands, have expressed their originality by devoting themselves to cultivation and conservation. Click here for more details and to register.


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