Walt Off, the veteran Flower Show exhibitor who runs the renowned Waldor Orchids in Linwood, N.J., has received one of the top honors bestowed by PHS. At the 182nd annual meeting of PHS Council on Nov. 10, Off was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award, which is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of horticulture and has had a positive impact on PHS programs and activities.
Archive for the ‘2009 Bella Italia’ Category
One of the most memorable exhibits at the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Bella Italia,” was the serene, candlelit spa created by Flowers By David. “For months after the show, people emailed me their pictures of our exhibit,” said Robin Heller.
She and husband David love that interaction with Flower Show guests, and they try to maintain a constant presence at their display to talk with visitors.
For their 14th year at the Flower Show, the Hellers will take a celebratory approach to the theme, “Passport to the World.” Their exhibit will evoke the spirit of travel and transition. (more…)
The 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Bella Italia,” received six awards for excellence at an international convention of festival and special event organizers on Sept. 23.
The Flower Show, produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, was honored in a variety of programming and promotional categories. Among the recipients of the top prizes was Philadelphia Green, PHS’ nationally renowned urban revitalization program.
The professional competition, presented by the International Festivals & Events Association, draws entries from around the world. Winners were announced at the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held during the association’s 54th annual convention in Boise, Idaho.
It is a wonderful design dilemma, says Peter Irwin, owner of the Hockessin, Del.-based company that will exhibit in the Flower Show for its third year this year.
In 2008, for the New Orleans-inspired Show, “Jazz it Up!” Irwin did alligators and frogs. In 2009, for the Italian-inspired Show, “Bella Italia,” Irwin did large wine bottles.
Meet Maudelin. You may have seen her in the echoed halls of the Pennsylvania Convention Center early in the morning. Or pouring over lists at the shows office at PHS headquarters. She is the volunteer chair of the Arrangement Classes for the Philadelphia International Flower Show. Hi Maudelin.
How did you first become interested in gardening?
It really began with my love of color. I was fascinated by the range of color and various shades one can bring to a garden. I became involved with PHS and the Show through my garden club, the Moorestown Garden Club. The club has a long relationship with PHS. It continues to encourage and inspire members to be a part of the Show in a variety of ways.
What is your favorite part of the Flower Show?
My favorite part is opening day. When the entries have been placed and everyone’s gone, I’m in awe when I look at it all. I enjoy witnessing how everyone’s effort, excitement and commitment comes together to make a wonderful Show.
Our former Flower Show intern, Julia Badulak, has just landed a job at the Urban Outfitters’ corporate office in Philadelphia.
Julia, who graduated with a degree in marketing from St. Joseph’s University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business in the spring, worked with our public relations and marketing department from November through May.
Julia was instrumental in garnering participation in the Flower Show’s annual Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest in which area businesses compete in a number of categories. This year, businesses will tie into the “Passport to the World” theme.
In 2008, Jamie Rothstein invited Flower Show visitors inside and outside an elegant mansion in New Orleans’ Garden District. In 2009, she led us over a bridge on a Venetian canal to a hidden garden of a nobleman’s palace. For 2010, Jamie will take us half a world away. (more…)
Even the coffee mugs are cool at MODA Botanica.
But what else would you expect from a floral design company that doesn’t like to follow the trends?
MODA, which specializes in European-inspired event design and production, will be returning to the Flower Show for their second year. The team, made up of designers Bailey Hale and Armas Koehler, and event-planner Judith Campbell, walked away in 2009 with “Best in Show” for their floral display garden, “Modo Moderno,” as well as The PHS Award of Excellence for a modern floral display.
“We look at it as a runway show,” said Koehler, perched on a window sill in their shop nestled on the corner of 13th and Pine streets in Center City. “Flowers are beautiful as they are. Our job as designers is to interpret them in new forms and concepts. We like to take them out of the vase.”
New to the Flower Show as a business last year, all three have worked as freelancers for exhibitors in the past. The trio participated in Macy’s Flower Show in Philadelphia in April.
City Hall is going to look GREAT next week after more than 80 volunteers plant annuals, perennials and shrubs around the recently restored exterior as part of PHS’s 18 annual City Hall in Bloom event. This year’s focus will be on a more sustainable landscape. That said, some 30 boxwood grown for Subaru of America Inc. ‘s exhibit at the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show will be re-purposed for the event. Thanks, Subaru!
Flower Show exhibitor Jamie Rothstein and her daughter Joy were two of the more than 300 guests who attended PHS’s Azalea Garden party last night. The annual party raises funds for year-round maintenance of the Azalea Garden, located in Fairmount Park just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The four-acre garden is a project of the PHS’ Philadelphia Green program and has been revitalized and maintained through the dedication and cooperation of PHS, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount Park Commission and countless volunteers.