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More Than a Tree is Growing in Brooklyn!

April 9, 2012

Celebrate spring with a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Museum! The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is hosting a trip on Wednesday, May 23 from 8 am to 6 pm, and the fee ($110 for members, $120 for non-members) includes bus travel, entrance and tour fees, and snacks and wine.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden contains 52 acres of specialty garden areas, plant collections, and conservatories with more than 10,000 taxa of plants. The world-class collections and gardens include cherry trees, a Japanese hill and pond garden, a Shakespeare garden, and more. The Steinhardt Conservatory houses one of the oldest Bonsai collections in the country, as well as aquatic house, tropicals, orchids, and a desert collection.

The Brooklyn Museum, adjacent to the Botanic Garden, is the home of the collection left by Laura Barnes, the wife of Dr. Albert Barnes and founder of the horticulture program at the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation. The Museum has amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections in the United States, ranging from the ancient to the contemporary and encompass virtually all the world’s principal cultures.

Limited to 36 participants, this day in Brooklyn promises to be a springtime delight. Click here to register, or contact Carol Dutill for more information.

Subaru Sponsors Springtime Festival

April 6, 2012

Can’t get to Washington, D.C. to see the cherry blossoms? Be awestruck with their beauty a little closer to home at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia now through April 21. The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts this event, which strives to encourage a better understanding of the cultural, social, and educational customs of Japan and the United States.

The Festival benefits the JASGP Community Tree Planting Project, an ongoing effort to beautify Philadelphia by planting and maintaining cherry trees in area parks. In the spring of 2007, the JASGP finished planting 1,000 cherry trees to supplement the 1,600 flowering trees donated by Japanese government as a gesture of friendship in 1926.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Festival’s schedule of events for when the PHS Plant One Million project will make an appearance. Subaru of America, a sponsor of the Philadelphia International Flower Show for more than 10 years, is the title sponsor of this event and we couldn’t be more proud.

Burke Brothers Landscapes the Macy’s Flower Show

April 4, 2012

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There are only a few days left to visit the Macy’s Flower Show, “Brasil: Gardens in Paradise,” which is running through April 7 during store hours at the City Center location. Celebrated at Macy’s in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, the show features a variety of activities for the entire family, including organ concerts; floral, tabletop, and cooking demonstrations; guided tours; and more.

Philadelphia International Flower Show major exhibitor Burke Brothers Landscaping was responsible for the installation and creation of the flower gardens in the Grand Court at the old Wanamaker building, shown in pictures here by Laura Blanchard. Fresh from PHS’s Hawaiian-themed show, Burke Brothers was able to use some of the tropical plants from the Convention Center for the Macy’s installation. Once that show is over, the plants will be auctioned off at Burke’s annual fundraiser for the Sara’s Smiles Foundation at Burke’s Cheltenham Avenue location May 4-6.

Hurry—there are only a few days left to bask in the warmth of Brasil (without leaving Philadelphia). Thanks to Burke Brothers and Macy’s for extending Flower Show fever into April!

Macy’s Flower Show Features Some of Our Favorite Designers

March 27, 2012

We’ve barely caught our collective breath after a trip to Hawaii during this year’s Flower Show, and now Macy’s invites us to another exotic locale during their show, “Brasil: Gardens in Paradise,” March 25 through April 7 during store hours at the City Center location.

Celebrated at Macy’s in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, the show features a variety of activities for the entire family, including organ concerts; floral, tabletop, and cooking demonstrations; guided tours; and more. Also featured is the “Bouquet of the Day,” where local designers create floral masterpieces within the store.

You’ll recognize these participating artists from the Philadelphia Flower Show: Jamie Rothstein, Jamie Rothstein Distinctive Floral Designs (March 25-26); Michael Bruce, Michael Bruce Florist (March 27-28); Donna O’Brien, Beautiful Blooms (March 29-31); Barb King, Valley Forge Flowers (April 1-2); Eric Schellack, Robertson’s Flowers (April 3-4); and Bill Schaffer, Schaffer Designs (April 5-7).

Remember, no passport is required to experience the lush, vibrant South American plants and flowers as interpreted by some of Philadelphia’s most-recognized floral designers. Enjoy!

Get to Know the Malo

March 9, 2012

Wondering what this unfamiliar garment might be? It is a malo, the traditional Hawaiian loin cloth.

While both men and women will wear hula skirts, the malo is meant strictly for men and has been around for centuries.

This year’s Flower Show features two hula troupes dressed in traditional garb and performing mesmerizing hula dances in front of the thatched roof in Pele’s Garden.

One troupe comes courtesy of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu. The other, Halau O Keikialii, joins us from San Francisco.

Don’t miss the striking stage shows to experience the rhythm, dance, and traditional dress of Hawaii.

Who’s Cooking at the Flower Show March 9-11?

March 8, 2012

Things have been heating up at the free culinary demonstrations that are not only educational, but also entertaining! Show favorite, the great Chef Joseph Shilling and students from JNA Institute of Culinary Arts host and assist, respectively.

Click here to see the schedule and presentation titles. The impressive bios of our speakers are below.

Eugenia Bone is a journalist and food writer, as well as co-president of the New York Mycological Society. She has written four books, including the critically acclaimed, Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird and Wonderful World of Mushrooms. She is a frequent contributor to culinary magazines such as Saveur, Fine Cooking, The New York Times Magazine and Food & Wine.

One of the most recognized personalities in Philadelphia dining, Aimee Olexy truly understands what hospitality means. She managed several restaurants in Colorado and attended L’Universite du Vin in France before settling back in Philadelphia in 1999, where she embarked on a variety of ventures with the Starr Restaurant Organization. She is currently the owner of Talula’s Table, which was dubbed by portfolio.com as “The Toughest Table in America” because reservations must be made a year in advance. The New York Times praised the “handsome, deceptively complex and masterfully executed” food, likening the experience to a “spiritual retreat.” Talula’s Garden, which Olexy opened in partnership with Starr in April 2011, aims to capture identical sentiments. “I work a lot and I love it,” says Olexy. “My work is who I am—and that is the only way I know to live.”

Master Chef Joseph Poon is known for his Asian fusion cuisine. He prepares fresh meals with simple elegance—and a dash of adventure. From his quirky venue in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, he hosts private events, conducts “Wok ‘N Walk” tours of Philadelphia Chinatown, and teaches cooking classes. He also leads trips to China and participates in dozens of philanthropic events each year. He recently published an autobiographical cookbook, Life is Short…Cooking is Fun. His warmth and exuberance have earned him appearances on The Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Food Network’s The Best of… He is regularly featured on The 10 Show and on many television and radio shows. He has also been featured in Nation’s Restaurant News and many consumer magazines, as well as in newspapers from Philadelphia to New Orleans.

A third-generation restaurateur with more than 40 years of culinary experience, Chef Walter Staib began his career in Europe in some of the finest hotels and restaurants before coming to the United States. Chef Staib is currently the driving force behind one of the nation’s most unique dining establishments: Philadelphia’s City Tavern, a faithful recreation of an original eighteenth century tavern. His passion for culinary excellence has earned him many awards, including the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole de la République Française in recognition of his dedication to the advancement of the restaurant industry and the image of France world-wide. In 1986, he was appointed Commandeur by the Association Internationale des Maîtres Conseils en Gastronomie Française and in 1987 was awarded the Silver Plate, the hospitality and restaurant industry’s highest honor. In 1995, he was honored as the first inductee into the Caribbean Culinary Hall of Fame in recognition of his pioneering work founding the Caribbean Culinary Federation. Mr. Staib serves as Ambassador to the Culinary Institute of America and in 1996, was also appointed the First Culinary Ambassador to the city of Philadelphia.

Mike Stollenwerk, chef and restaurateur, has rapidly become a respected key player in Philadelphia’s restaurant scene thanks to his innate culinary understanding, drive for innovation, and steadfast work ethic. After learning the intricacies of the Philly dining scene in the respected kitchens of Davio’s and Avenue B, he purchased Bella Vista’s Little Fish in 2007, and opened Fish in Rittenhouse Square in 2009, boasting a contemporary dining and bar space, an impressive wine list and, and an expertly crafted menu. Stollenwerk’s Fish has garnered recognition from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Food & Wine, and others. Philadelphia magazine named Fish “Best New Restaurant of 2010,” as well as naming Stollenwerk’s dish—Japanese Sea Bass—one of the “230 Best Dishes to Eat in Philly.”

Masterful in the kitchen, Guillermo Tellez has an impeccable 20-year restaurant résumé–from the Trotter empire in Chicago and Los Cabos, Mexico, to Philadelphia’s own celebrated Starr Restaurant Organization, where he was director of menu development for the brand and executive chef at Striped Bass. At his current restaurant, Square 1682, Tellez introduced a “new American” menu that thoughtfully jets from Asia to Mexico, then to India, and circles back home. Each dish is handcrafted using sustainable and organic ingredients, from local seasonal produce to free-range meats and ocean-friendly seafood.

Townsend Wentz is one of the true great culinary talents of Philadelphia. He’s equally comfortable crafting house-made charcuterie, expertly butchering animals, and is well versed in French technique, Spanish influences, and Italian specialties. An alum of The Fountain at the Four Seasons and Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, and executive chef at Twenty21, Wentz has also worked with London-based Chef Yvonnick Lalle in New York City and Connecticut. He currently brings his expertise to McCrossen’s Tavern.

Big thanks to Organic Gardening magazine for sponsoring the culinary room.

Like Project Runway? Iron Chef? We’ve Got the Designer’s Studio!

March 3, 2012

New in 2012, the Designer’s Studio invites the nation’s best floral designers to show their stuff live on stage at the Flower Show. Be inspired by the artistic process as assorted materials are assembled into art before your eyes.

For an extra thrill, the Studio will occasionally host head-to-head competitions among the design professionals. These live face-offs will provide the drama and suspense of a reality show and you, the Flower Show visitor, will vote to determine the winner. The power is in your hands!

Click here to consult the Designer’s Studio schedule.

Click here to get the Flower Show app in order to cast your vote.

17 Ways to Enhance your Flower Show Experience

March 2, 2012

With so much to see and do at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, it’s best to plan ahead. In addition to the outstanding exhibits, you may want to go beyond the Show floor to some of these special attractions—there’s sure to be something for everyone. Most of the experiences listed below require a special ticket, so click the links for details.

Bear with us, this is quite the list, but there is just so much to do!

The Flower Show After Dark

1. Flower Show Preview Party: (Saturday, March 3, 6:00-8:30 pm) Not only will you be one of the first to see the Show, you’ll also be at the best place for people-watching! Don your finest for this black-tie cocktail party and (optional) dinner.

2. Preview Party After Party: (Saturday, March 3, 8:30 pm-12:30 am) When the Preview Party is over, the fun continues with dance music, desserts, and drinks. Admission is included for Preview Party attendees.

3. LGBT Night Out: (Monday, March 5, 6:00-8:30) The LGBT community is invited to an evening of networking and an opportunity to meet Phillip Watson, QVC garden expert and author.

4. Wedding Wednesday: (March 7, 5:30-8:30 pm) Brides and their attendants can sip champagne and plan the perfect wedding as local experts lend advice.

5. Girls’ Night Out: (Thursday, March 8, 5:30-8:30 pm) Get the girls together for a special evening of food and wine tastings, health and beauty samplings, and more from Philadelphia’s most coveted brands. The first 250 guests receive a special gift bag.

VIP Experiences

6. Early Morning Tours: (Monday-Friday, 8:00-10:00 am) This special ticket includes an intimate guided tour, a flower-arranging demonstration, a ticket for another day’s admission, 10% off at the Flower Show Shop, and more.

7. Design Workshop and Reception with Hitomi Gilliam: (Wednesday, March 7, 2:00-4:00 pm, Room 108 A-B) Designer and educator Hitomi Gilliam will delight audiences with her outside-the-box approach to floral arrangements. At the reception, featuring light refreshments and a cash bar, Hitomi will sign copies of her book.

8. Melissa Gorga Bottle Signing: (Friday, March 9, 5:00-7:00 pm) Meet Melissa Gorga of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, who will sign bottles of Voli Lyte Vodka, a line of low-calorie vodkas. No special ticket required.

9. Bethenny Frankel Bottle Signing: (Saturday, March 10, 2:30-4:30 pm) Made famous on Bravo TV’s Bethenny Ever After, Ms. Frankel will be on hand to sign bottles of her Skinnygirl products; no special ticket required.

10. PHS Community Brunch: (Sunday, March 11, 11:00 am) Brunch is the perfect way to support PHS while enjoying a delightful meal. PHS president Drew Becher will host a discussion, including updates on PHS initiatives.

11. Sprout Snack: (Sunday, March 11, 3:45 pm) Families can join friends from The Sunny Side Up Show, The Pajanimals, and The Berenstain Bears for an interactive afternoon snack. Characters will join you at your table for one-on-one time, photos, and autographs.

12. Garden Tea: Make reservations for Garden Tea. Seatings are twice daily and include a proper menu of fine tea and pastries.

Something for Everyone (and Free with Flower Show ticket)

13. Gardening Lectures and Presentations: From small-scale crop production to growing the perfect African Violet, there is a presentation sure to fulfill your quest for horticultural knowledge.

14. Culinary Demonstrations: Organic Gardening magazine is hosting demonstrations that will showcase a full-range of techniques and cuisines led by expert chefs.

15. Wine Tasting: Stop by the Grand Hall to savor wines and liquors from the world’s finest makers, including specialty products from Hawaii.

16. The Einstein Healthcare Network Family Lounge powered by Sprout: The Family Lounge is the perfect place for young ones (and their parents) to unwind—and look for special guests to drop in.

17. The Man Cave: Guys (and gals!) can relax in a plush theater seat while sipping a drink and catching up on their favorite team. Try a hand of poker or swing a club in a virtual golf match.

Attend the Preview Party (In Person or From Your Couch)!

March 1, 2012

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the Flower Show Preview Party on Saturday, March 3!! Mingle with the glitterati of Philadelphia as you stroll among towering waterfalls, marvel at volcanic rock formations, ogle at incredible orchids, and experience the wonder of the Hawaiian islands!

Whether you attend the cocktail party, the dinner in the Grand Ballroom, the dance-filled After Party—or all three—the preview night promises to be an unforgettable kick off to the Show.

Advance registration for the cocktail party and/or dinner is required; tickets for the After Party can be purchased in advance or at the door. (Preview Party guests need not buy a ticket for the After Party).

All proceeds support PHS and its acclaimed urban greening programs. Click here to purchase tickets for the Party. For additional information, please call 215-418-2422 or email previewdinner@pennhort.org.

Can’t attend? Then be sure to mix up a fruity drink in your blender, put on your best Hawaiian shirt, and tune in to a Preview Party Special hosted by 6-ABC Action News’ Cecily Tynan, Adam Joseph, and the AccuWeather team. Channel 6-ABC WPVI TV has been the official media sponsor of the Flower Show for many years, and we love that they’re a part of the family!

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.


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