Archive for February, 2012

QVC and the Flower Show Team Up!

February 29, 2012

If you came to the Flower Show last year (or any other year), you probably left feeling that you were meant for garden greatness. Well, if anyone can help you achieve those dreams, it’s QVC.

QVC will broadcast live from the Flower Show on Saturday, March 10 as part of “Spring In Bloom,” an all-day special. The broadcast will include great indoor-outdoor decorating tips for your home and garden, and “Fresh from the Flower Show” items available for purchase. Tune in!

Also, the Flower Show and QVC have teamed up to bring you a special combo package: a ticket to the Show and a tour of QVC Studios!

The QVC Studio Tour will bring you to its vast broadcasting and electronic retailing center, located near West Chester, PA. Visitors learn how products are selected and sold live on air in 91 million U.S. homes. The 60-minute guided walk-through illustrates the combination of technology and talent that have changed the way America shops. See a live television broadcast in action, then enjoy some serious shopping at the QVC Studio Store.

So remember the simple steps. Come to the Flower Show, tour QVC, garden like a rockstar! Click here to purchase the ticket combo (look under the heading ‘Great Philadelphia Area Attraction Packages’).

Hawaii Reps Bring Authenticity to Philly Show

February 29, 2012

Five Hawaii horticultural organizations have joined forces to create an exhibit that features the best of Hawaii’s flowers and foliage.

The Hawaii Tropical Flower Council (HTFC), Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association (HFNA), Hawaii Florists and Shipper’s Association (HFSA), Hawaii Export Nursery Association (HENA), and the Orchid Growers of Hawaii (OGOH) are co-sponsoring a display called, “Hawaii’s Flowers, Tropical Plants and Orchids,” which will feature between 600 to 700 species of anthuriums, cut flowers, foliage, large tropical palms, dracaenas, and stunning orchids shipped directly from the islands to the Show.

“A global stage of this magnitude is a wonderful opportunity to showcase many of the amazing growers, shipping services, unique products, and natural beauty that’s abundant in Hawaii,” says Neill Sams, designer of the exhibit. “I’m so excited to design and manage this unique and influential project.”

In the center of the exhibit are two waterfalls created from naturally hollowed driftwood logs that Sams harvested from the beaches of Kauai. The 15-foot logs were painstakingly cleaned and prepared for the exhibit, then sent 6,000 miles to the Convention Center.

The exhibit promises to be one of the highlights of the Show, as it reflects the collaborative effort of these horticultural experts, combined with Sams’ design vision, into one authentically Hawaiian experience.

Party with the Fabulous Bethenny Frankel

February 29, 2012

It’s no secret that reality star Bethenny Frankel is headed to the Flower Show. On Saturday, March 10, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Grand Hall, she’ll sign bottles of her beloved Skinnygirl products. This opportunity does not require a special ticket beyond Flower Show admission.

But if you’re Bethenny’s biggest fan, we have an extra offer for you. From 4:30 – 6:30 that same day, Bethenny will host an exclusive cocktail party.  There you can sample snacks, groove to a DJ, and have your picture taken with the funny, fantastic Ms. Frankel.

What’s more, this party is the launch for several new additions to the Skinnygirl family of products. We’ve been sworn to secrecy about the flavors, so you’ll have to attend the party and try them yourself.

You’ll then go home with a signed bottle and Skinnygirl swag bag, which are sure to make your friends horrifically jealous.

Click here to purchase tickets to the party; tickets include entrance to the Flower Show. Only 75 tickets will be sold to this event. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, and of course you must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Proceeds go to PHS’ City Harvest program, a dynamic PHS program helping to feed families in Philadelphia.

Through Laura’s Lens: Hawaii: Islands of…Mulch???

February 28, 2012

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Ah, mulch. The smell of it hits you the minute you enter the Convention Center during set-up week. The Flower Show runs on mulch, enough to fill three Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Much like the Hawaiian Islands rising from the Pacific, the mountains of mulch rise from the Show floor. You have to see it—and smell it—to believe it.

Beyond mulch, there are pavers—millions of pounds of pavers, all supplied by E. P. Henry. Did you ever wonder how all that rock gets on to the Flower Show floor? Through huge doors in big trucks, that’s how!

Photo of a dump truck unloading rock in the Convention Center

Once the rocks are dumped, they are distributed across the Show floor by a fleet of fork lifts. Visit the exhibit of E. P. Henry, a Flower Show sponsor, to see the many ways hardscaping can help you achieve your own backyard paradise. You can find details about the exhibit — and much more — by getting the new Flower Show app.

Who’s Cooking at the Flower Show? March 4 & 5

February 28, 2012

The free culinary demonstrations at the Flower Show promise to delight and educate audiences with a variety of international cuisines and cooking styles. The two chefs below will lead presentations on Sunday, March 4 and Monday, March 5. As always, the great Chef Joseph Shilling and wonderful students from JNA Institute of Culinary Arts will host and assist, respectively.

An inspiring and engaging personality, Chef Edward Lee will demonstrate his talents while exploring flavor combinations and creative vegetable dishes. A 2011 James Beard Finalist for Best Chef: Southwest, a winner on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and a competitor on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Texas, Lee is chef/owner of 610 Magnolia in Louisville. He draws inspiration from his Asian ancestry, his training in French kitchens, and his newly adopted hometown in the South.

In addition to cooking, Chef Lee is a contributing writer to Gastronomica, Organic Gardening, and other publications, and has written an upcoming cookbook of recipes and stories.

Chef Sarah Fioroni will bring a taste of Tuscany to the Culinary Room with her authentic farm-inspired recipes. A native of San Gimignano, Italy, she is the general manager and executive chef at Fattoria Poggio Alloro, her family’s organic farm/resort in the Tuscan hills.

Her book, A Family Farm in Tuscany: Recipes and Stories from Fattoria Poggio Alloro, will be released in April and chronicles the three generations of Fioronis who work on the farm using age-old practices of growing fruits, vegetables, and cereal crops such as wheat for pasta, olives for extra-virgin olive oil, and grapes for their award-winning wines. They also keep bees, produce saffron, and raise pigs, the basis of homemade prosciuttos and salamis.

For a complete list of culinary demonstrations, click here. Big thanks to Organic Gardening magazine for sponsoring the culinary room.

Liquid Luau: A Sip of Hawaii

February 28, 2012

Get ready for a Liquid Luau in Center City!

To celebrate the theme of the 2012 Show, the area’s best bars and restaurants have created specialty Hawaiian cocktails, and will be serving them for a limited time: now through March 11!

To add to the fun, you can vote for your favorite drink.  The winner will be announced after March 12, 2012.

Enjoy these drinks at the participating restaurants or try your hand at recreating these at home. Special thanks to Center City District  (CCD) for making this special event possible.

Click here to see the list of recipes. Then vote for your favorite.

Through Laura’s Lens: Seeds at the Marketplace

February 27, 2012

Scratch a gardener, find a seed catalog enthusiast. And visiting the Flower Show Marketplace is like walking through some of your favorite seed catalogs. Here are shots of just a few of the colorful seed displays from past years. Look for these and others at the 2012 Flower Show.

The Seed Source

A wide variety of seeds from specialty growers at The Seed Source.

THE SEED SOURCE: These folks carry seeds from a number of specialty houses, including Thompson & Morgan, Renee’s Garden, and Franchi, to name just a few. For the gardener looking for something a little out of the ordinary, this is a must-see.

Hudson Valley Seed Library

Heirloom seeds in collectible packets from the Hudson Valley Seed Library

This is a keepsake with a good cause!

HUDSON VALLEY SEED LIBRARY sells more than 150 varieties of heirloom seeds, packaged in beautiful, re-closeable works of art. I will confess that I bought their rainbow chard because I coveted the seed packet.

For 2012, Hudson Valley created a special Hawaii-themed hibiscus seed packet in partnership with PHS. For each seed packet purchased, Hudson Valley will donate a packet of heirloom vegetable seeds to PHS’s City Harvest program. If you can’t wait for the Show, the seeds can be purchased online.

D. Landreth Seed Company

D. Landreth carries all kinds of seeds, including seed potatoes.

D. LANDRETH SEED COMPANY is one of the oldest names in the American seed trade, dating back to 1780, when David Landreth sold his seeds to Washington, Jefferson, and other notables. The Landreths were also among the founders of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. And the booth is possibly the only place in the Marketplace to buy seed potatoes.

Make sure to budget time to visit the Marketplace and shop at its more than 180 displays. Click here for the complete list of Marketplace vendors.

J. Downend Co. Preps Pearl Harbor Tribute

February 27, 2012

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As you make your list of can’t-miss exhibits at the 2012 Show, be sure to include the touching tribute to Pearl Harbor prepared by J. Downend Landscaping Co. It’s been a long journey to Show Week, which started with a visit to Hawaii.

Tom Morris of Downend says, “When people talk about Hawaii, you will often hear them speak of the ‘Aloha Spirit.’ My trip to Hawaii gave me the opportunity to experience this first-hand. The people of Hawaii welcomed my family and me with such accommodating graciousness in every aspect of our travels.”

This warmth was especially apparent at the USS Arizona Memorial, where Tom spent two hours chatting with—and learning from—an extraordinary Park Ranger named Alycia.

Tom also went to Florida with members of the PHS staff and other Show exhibitors. There the group toured nurseries that force Flower Show plants and shared stories about the growing/landscaping industry.

Tom says, “It is impossible to put these gardens together without the willingness of our suppliers to go to extreme measures to assure we have the best materials…Our displays are much more than any one individual’s effort but a realization of our company and supporters as a whole.”

If you want to learn more about this moving display, titled “Remembrance,” pay a visit to the J. Downend Facebook page. There you’ll find a photo gallery of plants being used in the 2012 exhibit, photos from Tom’s trip to Hawaii, and updates on setting up at the Convention Center.

A Very Special Sprout Snack at the Show

February 26, 2012

With towering displays and colorful flowers, the Flower Show is a wonderland for kids of all ages. But this year we’re offering up something extra special for the preschool set…a Sprout Snack!

On Sunday, March 11, from 3:45 to 5:15 pm, join beloved characters from the PBS Kids Sprout Television network. These VIPs of the playground include Kelly from The Sunny Side Up Show, the Pajanimals, and the Berenstain Bears.

As you and your family enjoy a mid-day snack, the friends from Sprout will join you at your table to chat, sign autographs, and pose for pictures—and every family will be given a goody bag! Click here to purchase tickets to the Sprout Snack.

Enjoy this and a variety of other family-oriented activities in the Einstein Healthcare Network Family Lounge (room 203), powered by Sprout. Children can create crafty projects, play with toys, put on a puppet show, or watch their favorite movies. Sprout’s Super Why and Wonder Red will make an appearance each day.

The Lounge is open all week from 10 am to 5 pm; parents must accompany children. Be sure to take advantage of the Family Fun Ticket Pak to get the most out of your visit!

Your Own Personal Flower Show

February 25, 2012
Flower Show Early Morning Tour

Tour guide Mimi Snyder (purple scarf) takes a small intimate group on an early morning tour

Have you been to the Flower Show and wished you could get right up to every exhibit, accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide who could tell you about the displays, the plants, and the fascinating behind-the-scenes stories? So long as you’re willing to set the alarm clock, you should certainly purchase a VIP Early Morning Tour. Your VIP package includes:

  • A private tour of the exhibits (before the doors open to the public)
  • One additional general admission ticket (to come back another day), resulting in two full days at the Show
  • A flower arranging demonstration led by an expert
  • 10% off purchases at the Flower Show Shoppe (one day shoppers delight card)
  • Free gift bag
  • All day access to the private members lounge at the Show

Tour groups and nice and intimate; usually 8-12 people per guide. Individuals will be placed with other individuals to make up the small group (and make new friends!)

Tours are offered Monday – Friday of Show Week from 8am- 10am. The price is $105 per person, $85 for PHS members (so why not join today?).

Purchase Early Morning Tour tickets for Hawaii: Islands of Aloha online here.

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