Archive for October, 2012

It’s Brilliant! 2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Tickets Are Now On Sale

October 18, 2012

It’s time to start planning your visit to the 2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show! New in 2013, the Flower Show will be open for an extra day—from March 2 to 10—giving you two full weekends to experience the culture and horticulture of the United Kingdom while exploring great gardens and learning from the world’s most celebrated growers and designers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

All proceeds from the Show, from both ticket sales and sponsorship contributions, support PHS and its acclaimed urban greening programs, including City Harvest. Click here to purchase tickets and while you’re on there, check out the special PHS membership benefits, theme nights, garden teas, ticket packages, sneak peak construction tours, and more.

We can’t wait to see you there. Cheers!

Won’t You Join the PHeaSt?

October 8, 2012

What is a PHeaSt? On October 19, 2012, from 7 to 10 pm, PHS will transform its warehouse and grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard into a rustic party venue for PHeaSt, a one-of-a-kind celebration of fantastic farm-to-table dishes. PHeaSt will feature inspired culinary collaborations between the region’s finest chefs and local growers in support of the PHS City Harvest program, which grows fresh organic produce to feed more than 1,000 families in need every week.

The centerpiece of the event will be a mammoth handmade table, which will underscore PHS efforts to “bring everyone to the table” for celebration and collaboration. Guests will be treated to a corral of tasting tables where they can also visit with local celebrity chefs, farmers, and growers who will create seasonal masterpieces using local bounty.

Guests will be invited to participate in the People’s Choice Award with chance to win a gift card to the restaurant garnering the most votes. The evening will also offer entertainment, outdoor fire pits, and twilight views of the Navy Yard. Tickets are $150; VIP tickets are $300. To purchase tickets, please click here.

To whet your appetite for PHeaSt, below are a few of the chefs who will be in attendance. Full profiles can be found on our Pinterest board here.

Situated on the second floor in the historic Provident Bank Building just off fashionable Rittenhouse Row, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse wins accolade after accolade, year after year. Executive Chef David Boyle is paired with Growing Home Gardens (a project of the Nationalities Service Center) growers Adam Forbes, Dilu Kaflay, Lun, and Htee Da Win t.

Katie Cavuto Boyle
Katie is a registered dietitian and personal chef with Healthy Bites, a catering, meal delivery, and nutritional services company in Philadelphia. She was awarded Philadelphia Magazine’s“Best of Philly” Nutritionist for 2012 and is the consulting dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies. At PHeaSt, Katie will be paired with Earthskeepers growers Alia Walker and youth.

Esquire magazine hailed Lacroix the “Best New Restaurant in the United States” upon its premiere in 2003. Executive Restaurant Chef Jon Cichon, incorporates his experience with international cuisine by combining Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Japanese, and American flavors to create his own infusion. Chef Jon will be paired with Farm 51 growers Andrew Olson and Neil Santos.

The three Marathon restaurants share the goal of providing the highest quality fresh food at an excellent value, while striving to create relationships and build strong partnerships through their metal-smiths to the mural artists they work with to the farmers they buy from, and urban farms they hope to build. Chef Justin Robertson will be paired with Marathon Farm grower Eddy Branch.

Talula’s Garden dubbed it “The Toughest Table in America,” and The New York Times praised the “handsome, deceptively complex and masterfully executed” food, likening the experience to a “spiritual retreat.” The Talula’s Garden experience also earned a spot on the 2010 “Saveur 100” list. Chef/Owner Aimee Olexy and Executive Chef Sean McPaul will be working with Monsieur Tom Culton of Tom Culton Biologique.

See more chefs and growers on our Pinterest page!

Flower Show Wins Nine International Festival Awards

October 2, 2012

The PHS Philadelphia International Flower Show received nine international awards for excellence for the 2012 presentation, “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” at ceremonies held September 21 in Denver, CO.

The Flower Show, which benefits the year-round programs of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (including City Harvest), was honored in a variety of programming and promotional categories. The prizes for PHS included a Gold Award for its sponsorship program with SugarHouse Casino, which included the creation of the new Flower Show feature. A Gold Award was also presented in the merchandise category for the Flower Show garden bag, a beautiful carrying case for gardener’s tools.

The winners were announced at the International Festivals & Events Association/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held during the association’s 57th annual convention and expo. The awards for the Flower Show were earned in the following categories:

  • Best Single New Sponsorship Program: The Man Cave sponsored by SugarHouse Casino won gold.
  • Best new merchandise: Flower Show Garden Bag won gold.
  • Best full-length TV promotion: 6abc Preview Party show won silver.
  • Best event video: Flower Show retail video won silver.
  • Best miscellaneous video: Promotional “Hawaii” video won silver.
  • Most creative/effective news stunt: Window and Lobby Decorating Contest won silver.
  • Best vendor/supplier: Waldor Orchids won silver.
  • Best volunteer program: Competitive Classes and Horticour won bronze.
  • Best new promotion: Hawaii Village won bronze.

The professional competition draws entries from around the world. This year’s entrants included the Indianapolis 500 Festival; Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, OH; Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, KY; National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.; Showtime Events in New Delhi, India; Gimje Horizon Festival in South Korea; World Gourmet Summit in Singapore; Rotterdam Festival in The Netherlands; and the Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow, Poland.

The entries included programs, merchandise, print and broadcast ads and media campaigns, posters, and many other categories.

The PHS Flower Show is America’s premier horticultural event, providing inspirational and informative displays, educational presentations, and entertainment. The 2012 Flower Show attracted 270,000 visitors from around the world.

The 2013 Flower Show, “Brilliant!”, will glow with the majestic beauty and creative genius of Great Britain’s gardens and landscapes, culminating in the urbane design of 21st-century London. The show will take visitors from royal settings to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, from rolling hillsides to foggy streetscapes, from sunny cottage gardens to the dark alleys of Jack the Ripper.

The show will open a day earlier than ever before and run from March 2 to 10, 2013–two full weekends to enjoy the spectacular landscape and floral exhibits, make-and-take workshops, new plant showcase, and other new features. For ticket information, please visit

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