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Learn How to Grow at Junior Flower Show

April 20, 2012

For many years PHS has partnered with Temple  University Ambler for a special event called EarthFest—a spectacular Earth Day festival that in 2012 falls on Friday, April 27 (9:30 am – 3 pm). The aim of EarthFest is to have students, teachers, kids, and their parents explore important topics like the environment, sustainability, healthy lifestyles, and protecting and preserving the planet!

The Junior Flower Show (previously known as the Kids Grow Expo) is an essential component of the EarthFest celebration. Just like the “big-people’s” Flower Show in March, the Junior Show is a showcase for talented plant-lovers to show off their skills!  And you have to see the young people’s exhibits first-hand to fully appreciate their creativity. The theme for the 2012 Show is “H20: How to Grow.” This topic is meant to further our understanding of the importance of water as a natural resource.

So how do you get involved? Educators can work with their classes to create exhibits or attend as a field trip; check out the educators guide for details. Parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers should also make a plan to swing by. EarthFest is free and unforgettable! Click here to learn more.

Your Garden Can Look Like a Flower Show!

April 16, 2012

Did you know that Meadowbrook Farm grows many of the plants used by exhibitors at the Flower Show?

Now you can bring those same high-quality plants to your garden when Meadowbrook Farm celebrates spring with an Open House on Saturday, April 28 from 8 am to 6 pm.

Get ready to fill your car with gorgeous hanging baskets, cool combination planters, Americana geraniums, heirloom vegetable and herb starts, and even some funky terrariums. Looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Delight her with a beautiful spring scarf or some colorful jewelry found in the gift shop, which also features pottery, baskets, and garden accents selected to complement your home.

For event details and directions, click here, and remember that PHS members always save 10% on plants. Meadowbrook Farm is located at 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook, PA 19046; phone 215-887-5900.

Happy planting!

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!

Show Sponsors’ Exhibits Anchor the Show

March 14, 2012

While we’re still basking in the Flower Show afterglow, we want to take a moment to thank our sponsors, some of which had exhibits at this year’s Show. Each one was a crowd-pleaser, and we look forward to what they bring next year.

Tourism Ireland first graced the exhibit floor in 2007 when the Show’s theme was “Legends of Ireland,” and they’ve been a much-loved exhibitor ever since. This year, they won the award for “Best Achievement in Creating a Natural Landscape (non-Hawaiian).”

The plant list featured a warm palette of bright red salvia, yellow primrose, and coral azalea, all set against a background of lush boxwood. The rich heritage of the Emerald Isle was reflected in some the iconic symbols scattered throughout the landscape, which was titled “Classic Ireland with a Twist.”

Vastly different but equally enjoyable was the EP Henry exhibit, which celebrated family vacations by building a tropical Hawaiian retreat. Surrounded by soaring palms and tropical gardens, a cabana served as the party hub with its built-in grill and bar made from a surfboard.

Environmentally friendly Eco Pavers formed a patio for lounging, and the plunge pool was the perfect spot for taking a dip. The tableau was completed with a wading pool, secluded outdoor shower, and an al fresco dining area. Now that you’ve seen what EP Henry can do inside the Convention Center, imagine the possibilities for your own property.

Across a walkway from EP Henry, Subaru created “The Surf Shack,” a fun getaway where you can rent a board, ride the waves, and soak up the sun! The display invited viewers to imagine being transported to a little piece of paradise in a Subaru Outback. With a jaunty thatched-roof hut and plenty of tropical fruits for snacking, this little slice of the islands was all about fun.

There were at least five Subarus throughout the Show; some were fun, vintage varieties, others were impressive new models. Subaru loves gardeners and gardeners love Subaru, so the Flower Show partnership for the past 11 years has been a perfect match!

Thank you to all the Flower Show sponsors who made 2012 such a spectacular year!

Exhibit Showcase: It’s All in the Details!

March 7, 2012

Check out the vintage Subaru at the Hunter Hayes exhibit.

With everything to see and do at the Show this year, sometimes the small details get passed by. We spoke with two exhibitors to discuss the finer points of their massive displays.

First up is the exhibit from Hunter Hayes Landscape Design, called A Personal Paradise. Since Hunter Hayes is known for designing and building home gardens, the exhibit is a tropical interpretation of a patio and driveway. It features stonework with lava rock and a plethora of beautiful tropical plants.

Lauren Hilburn of Hunter Hayes says the exhibit is all about pushing limits: “We created these walls that are adorned with plants and strategically lit. It isn’t something that we had done before, but it doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be done for someone’s property. Why not, right?”

Lauren goes on to say that the Hunter Hayes exhibit is meant to convey a balanced approach to a tropical garden. She tells us, “I wanted people to realize that this doesn’t have to be a Hawaiian setting; we included some plants that would survive our local climate, such as yuccas and cypress.We try to go a little more realistic, but be a little showy too.”

One of her favorite plants in the exhibit is the Kangaroo Paw. Look out for this quirky plant in the Hunter Hayes exhibit when you come to the Show!

Another perspective on this year’s theme comes from the Camden Children’s Garden exhibit, A Child’s Tropical Adventure.

Michael Devlin, executive director of the CCG, pointed out the emphasis on edible plants in the display, which is due to the CCG’s mission to bring community gardens and fresh food to Camden. This exhibit boasts fig trees, pineapple plants, and more.

The exhibit is interactive and fun for kids, featuring a tunnel made of natural materials, drums for the kids to play, and fun features that everyone will love—kids and adults alike.

Vidal Rivera, a part of the Youth Program at the Camden Children’s Garden, reveals that the over-size ant sculptures are made of recycled car parts, and the technicolor ladybug fashioned out of a hard hat! (Click on the photo for a closer look!)

Be sure to visit the real Camden Children’s Garden this spring!

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.

Want to Have an Amazing Flower Show? There’s an App for That.

March 1, 2012

Be a Flower Show insider with everything you need to know at the tips of your fingers. The new, free Flower Show app is available on smartphones, tablets, and any device that has Internet connectivity.

With the app you can find out all about the Show, including exhibitor information, the list of Marketplace vendors, the schedule of presentations and performances, and parking advice—all in one easy-to-navigate interface. You’ll even be able to participate in real-time voting on the design competitions at the Designer’s Studio, making your visit truly interactive experience.

Whether you have an iPad, iPhone, Android, or use a laptop or desktop, the Flower Show app is for you! Click here for details and links.

A Very Special Sprout Snack at the Show

February 26, 2012

With towering displays and colorful flowers, the Flower Show is a wonderland for kids of all ages. But this year we’re offering up something extra special for the preschool set…a Sprout Snack!

On Sunday, March 11, from 3:45 to 5:15 pm, join beloved characters from the PBS Kids Sprout Television network. These VIPs of the playground include Kelly from The Sunny Side Up Show, the Pajanimals, and the Berenstain Bears.

As you and your family enjoy a mid-day snack, the friends from Sprout will join you at your table to chat, sign autographs, and pose for pictures—and every family will be given a goody bag! Click here to purchase tickets to the Sprout Snack.

Enjoy this and a variety of other family-oriented activities in the Einstein Healthcare Network Family Lounge (room 203), powered by Sprout. Children can create crafty projects, play with toys, put on a puppet show, or watch their favorite movies. Sprout’s Super Why and Wonder Red will make an appearance each day.

The Lounge is open all week from 10 am to 5 pm; parents must accompany children. Be sure to take advantage of the Family Fun Ticket Pak to get the most out of your visit!

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