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Shop at Terrain this Holiday Season

November 12, 2010

PHS and Terrain Special Night of Holiday Shopping

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Terrain at Styers, 914 Baltimore Pike Glen Mills, Pa., 19342

$15 in advance and $20 at the door

Join PHS for a special holiday shopping and refreshments event from the folks who brought you Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. Shop for the most inspiring collection of garden goods, plants, furniture, gifts, locally-sourced and prepared artisan foods, home and garden décor, as well as found objects and antiques. Enjoy seasonal beer, hot cider, and hor d’oeuvres, live entertainment, holiday decorating demonstrations and a wine tasting.

PHS members will receive a 20% discount on all purchases between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All customers who attend the special shopping event can enjoy the 20% discount from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Terrain will donate 5% of all purchases from 6 to 9 p.m. to PHS.

To register, call PHS at 215-988-8800.

Also join PHS for a special three-course prix-fixe dinner and wine pairing with PHS President Drew Becher starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $100. To register, call PHS at 215-988-8800. For more, visit

Looking for a Great Gift Idea?

November 11, 2010

How about tickets to the Philadelphia International Flower Show

Send your family and friends to the world’s largest indoor flower show”Springtime in Paris,” March 6-13, 2011  at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Get your print-at-home tickets online and customize at or purchase over the phone at 215-988-8800.

Each ticket purchased for the Show this year will help the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society provide fresh produce for underserved families and plant new trees throughout the region. The Flower Show raises $1 million annually for the efforts of Philadelphia Green, the acclaimed community greening program operated by PHS.


Roasting Marshmallows, Holiday Greens, and More

November 11, 2010

Mark your calendars for the Meadowbrook Farm Holiday Open House coming up on Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Lane,  Abington Township, Pa., 19046.

The event is free and open to the public.

Enjoy tours of the decorated estate house of the late Mr. & Mrs. J. Liddon Pennock, join in on children’s activities including roasting marshmallows, and shop in a redesigned store by Philadelphia International Flower Show exhibitor Groundswell Design Group at this festive event. Christmas trees, terrariums, succulent gardens, a holiday marketplace full of crafts and treats, and a great selection of poinsettias, cut greens and gifts will be for sale. Learn tips on how to decorate your own home this season.

PHS Members enjoy a 10% discount on plant purchases at Meadowbrook Farm. For more, please visit

Flower Show Designer Judges Gardening World Cup

November 8, 2010

Last month,  Philadelphia International Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney traveled to Nagasaki, Japan, to help judge the first ever Gardening World Cup under the banner of world peace. Ten of the world’s top landscape designers competed for the prestigious title and unleashed their skills, talents and creativity at the Huis Ten Bosch hotel and resort.

The judges included:  Sam Lemheney from the Philadelphia International Flower Show; Kate Hillier from the Ellerslie International Flower Show in New Zealand;  Wei Har Wong from the Singapore Garden Festival;  and Bob Sweet, head of Show Development for the Royal Horticutlural Society.


Great job, Sam! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for “Springtime in Paris.”

For more information on the World Cup, please visit here.

Flower Show Partner to Appear on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

October 22, 2010

Scenery First Inc., which is creating an expansive Eiffel Tower for the main feature of the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris,” will be on national television this weekend.  The Sharon Hill, Pa.-based company helped out with an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition back in August that will air this Sunday night. The episode is themed “Urban Family.”

“It was a lot of work, but I think the finished product shows off the cool stuff we get to do,”  Scenery First’s Jack Doyle said. “Watch for the fairy tale book, horse stable, chicken coop and peacock house in extreme versions, of course.”

The episode will air Sunday, Oct. 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. eastern and 7 p.m. central time. 

We can’t wait to see Scenery First’s magic at the Flower Show.

Channeling the Mona Lisa

October 19, 2010

Donning berets, Tom Covello and the designers from returning Flower Show exhibitor Celebrations Design Group, met recently to contemplate  the creative beginnings of their exhibit for the 2011 International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris.”

According to Celebration’s Daniel Krall, the designers derived some inspiration from the Mona Lisa and the tri-color French flag.  (They also wanted to indulge in some delicious Bordeaux wine during the meeting, but stuck to Perrier:)

Details are evolving. Stay tuned for more!

Have you been fascinated by the intricate “floral” jewelry at the Philadelphia International Flower Show?

October 18, 2010

Join PHS for a free Jewelry Workshop this Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 1  p.m. at Abington Township’s Meadowbrook Farm.

The 2011 Show’s  Jewelry Class chairs will discuss how to create and enter jewelry designs made from natural plant materials. An assortment of tools and materials will be available for participants to experiment with different techniques.

The workshop is free and open to all. No experience is required. Please bring a bag lunch. Contact Michelle Dean; 215-988-8827 to reserve your place.

By the way, Meadowbrook’s grounds and house will be gorgeous with changing leaves this weekend. Check out the nursery and plants galore, of course.

For more information about the 2011 Show, “Springtime in Paris,” please visit here.

Tour de France with J. Downend Landscaping

October 15, 2010

Photo Courtesy of

We had the honor of catching up with Tom Morris from J. Downend Landscaping recently, which was invited back to the Philadelphia International Flower Show for its expertise.

This Crum Lynne, Pa.-based company will take show guests on “Tour de France” with a lighthearted interpretation of the world-renowned bicycle race. A streetscape garden will showcase French culture including art, culinary influences, architecture and sports to name a few.

“Our garden will represent a cross section of the experience a visitor to France may bring home with them,” Morris told us.

We can’t wait to see it.

Making Rain and Night Sky with Groundswell

October 12, 2010

From right to left, David Fierabend, Seth Pearsoll and Gene Underwood

The team at Groundswell Design Group, a brand new exhibitor to the Philadelphia International Flower Show, gathered around the table recently to discuss design details and initial prototypes for their installation for “Springtime in Paris.”

Let’s just say a metal sculptor and an aquatics designer are working out ways to make rain, a builder and a plantsman are determining how to suspend trees in mid-air and an artist and a lighting specialist are figuring out the best way to replicate a Parisian sky at night.

Many details to come. Here comes the rain.

Flower Show Workshops Coming

October 11, 2010


Photo Courtesy of Mettie Fisher


PHS will hold a series of workshops in preparation for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris,” March 6-13.

Workshops are free and open to Flower Show exhibitors as well as arrangers who want to learn about entering the Show. No reservations are required. Bring a friend!

Workshops will be held in Penllyn, Pa., at the Lower Gwynedd Township Park Building in Penllyn Woods. Programs start promptly at 10 a.m. Coffee will be available beginning at 9:45 a.m. Programs will end by noon.

Exhibitors are encouraged to remain after the programs to try ideas and consult with their advisors. Samples of
the staging will be available. Backgrounds can be fitted in the niches, and a variety of colored lighting can be


Saturday, January 15

Alice Farley and Leslie Purple
These talented ladies work together not only professionally as landscape designers but as
award-winning floral designers in classes from minis to jewelry. Leslie and Alice are involved
in design work both nationally and internationally. Their presentation of what’s on the “cutting
edge” in French Floral Design will be a not-to-be-missed inspiration for this year’s Show.


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