Archive for June, 2012

Miss the Flower Show? It Lives On in Philadelphia!

June 26, 2012

The 2012 Flower Show lives on in Philadelphia in unexpected ways: Beautiful palm trees from the Show have been transplanted to the front of some of Center City’s most exciting addresses, including the Ritz Carlton Hotel and the Shops at the Bellevue.

Also, elements of the Flower Show and parts of the PHS exhibit have been incorporated into the new PHS Pop Up Garden. Come see for yourself at 1905-15 Walnut Street. The garden hours are as follows:

Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11 am to 2 pm
Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm
The second Saturday of each month from 9 am to 1 pm

For more information about the garden and its features, sponsors, and programming, click here. We hope you have the opportunity to relive some of the Flower Show around Philadelphia this summer!

Watch the Flower Show Episode of “Cake Boss”

June 19, 2012

Did you catch “Cake Boss” last night? The episode of the popular TLC show was primarily filmed at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show!

The stars of the reality-TV show provided a tropical-themed dessert for the wedding of Flower Show exhibitors Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt. The ceremony was held on the stage in the Show’s central feature, followed by a reception on the Show floor.

Don’t worry if you missed it. The episode, titled “Beer, Buttercups, and Bumbling,” airs again tonight (Tuesday, June 19) at 7 pm and next Monday at 8 pm. Check local listings.

PHS Partners with CHOP on Rooftop Garden Project

June 7, 2012

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has partnered with Groundswell Design Group to create an outdoor space for children who typically must spend a lot of their time indoors. A beautiful rooftop garden, called the Sea Garden, was inspired by the original Seashore House with the goal of bringing the calm of the sand and the sea to patients and families. In addition to the beautiful design, the garden will host ongoing educational programming for patients and families that will include everything from alphabet gardening and story-telling, to nutrition and healthy eating.

The Sea Garden features different types of plants: natives, edibles, shrubs, and flowers—helping children with different challenges bloom and grow to the best of their abilities. PHS is working with CHOP to sustain the space, and will provide educational support for those who tend the garden. Meadowbrook Farm will be supplying seeds, vegetable plants, and herbs to be grown in the garden this summer for the children to maintain and enjoy. For more information about this inspirational project, click here.

Pictured above at the garden’s ribbon-cutting ceremony are  (from left to right): David Fierabend, principal at Groundswell Design Group; Madeline Bell, president and chief operating officer of CHOP; Maitreyi Roy, senior vice president of programs and planning at PHS; and Julie Snell, PHS project manager.

Nominate Your Great Space for the Community Greening Awards

June 5, 2012

We know that many of you Flower Show enthusiasts carry your love for horticulture into community gardening efforts, so we thought that we’d let you know about PHS’s Community Greening Awards!

The Community Greening Awards are a way for PHS to recognize all the greening efforts throughout the region that beautify communities, brighten lives, and help the environment.

Typical recipients of the award include individuals/groups who maintain main streets, public parks, traffic islands, train stations, churches, schoolyards, libraries, or businesses. But as green spaces come in all forms, the contest organizers are open to all possibilities! Municipalities that have led tree planting initiatives, combated storm-water runoff, or pursued other ecological projects may also apply.

In order to be considered, a site must be nominated. You can nominate your green space or one that you admire from afar by filling out the nomination form.

Once the nominations are compiled, judges will be sent to evaluate the sites in July and August. The judges look for plant variety, design, use of space, and horticultural practices. Sites that have been recognized in previous years may be evaluated for a maintenance award.

For more information on this program to uplift phenomenal gardening efforts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, please e-mail specialevents@pennhort.org or call 215-988-8897. Also, check out last year’s winning sites!


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