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Fabulous Free Gardening Events at the Show!

March 4, 2012

Pumped up about orchids, improving your garden, or visiting Hawaii?

Did you know that there are FREE gardening lectures and presentations at the Flower Show, with topics ranging from flower arranging, container gardening, landscaping, gardening on your deck, pest control, Ikebana, growing orchids, and more. Much, much more.

No matter what your level of experience or special interest, there is something for you to learn and love!

The Flower Show is very proud to offer presentations from celebrated speakers including Phillip Watson, Melinda Myers, Rebecca Cole, Charlie Nardozzi, and Art Wolk.

You can plan your visit by checking out the schedule.

Also, we encourage you to get the Flower Show app so you can have the Show schedule in the palm of your hand! This is a brand new feature that is sure to help you make the most of your visit!

What a fun chance to take home some inspiration!

Irish Primrose to Make Stateside Debut at Flower Show

February 23, 2011

The Flower Show is on the cutting edge when it comes to gardening, but sometimes the most modern things have origins that go far back in time.

This year our friends at Tourism Ireland are bringing Pat FitzGerald of FitzGerald Nurseries to the Flower Show. There they will unveil for American audiences the first in a series of “Kennedy Irish Primrose.”

Pat FitzGerald will speak at the Flower Show on Tuesday, March 8 at 4 pm in the Subaru Gardener’s Studio. He will share a bit about the primrose’s legacy in the Ireland—did you know eating primroses is said to enable you to see fairies?—as well as provide tips for how to grow them in your garden. Learn more here.

So if you’re a fan of all things Irish, remember to visit the Tourism Ireland exhibit (where there’s sure to be stunning stonework), purchase some charming primrose, and hear Pat FitzGerald of County Kilkenny speak at the Gardener’s Studio.

Find Your New Hobby at the Gardener’s Studio

February 18, 2011

The Flower Show aims to dazzle, delight, and even dumbfound visitors. But beyond that we want you to come away with new ideas for gardening and greening. Therefore, I recommend the Gardener’s Studio, sponsored by Subaru.

Located smack-dab in the middle of the Show floor, the Gardener’s Studio offers presentations on the hour, every hour from 11 am to 7 pm. The topics cover a wide range, so something is bound to pique your interest. For starters there’s…

  • green roofs
  • urban foraging
  • Gold Medal Plants
  • bee keeping
  • culinary herbs
  • and so much more!

Check out the full schedule here and start planning your Flower Show experience. And thanks to Subaru of America for their ongoing support of this essential educational exhibit.

Joe Lamp’l Premieres His New PBS Gardening Show At The Philadelphia Flower Show

March 5, 2010

TV gardening expert and host, Joe Lamp’l, will premiere a new program on PBS this year.  And this week, he gave visitors to the Philadelphia International Flower Show a small glimpse at the new program.

The TV show is titled “Growing a Greener World” and thanks to the support of Subaru, a brief video about the show has been looping on a flat screen in the Subaru Gardener’s Studio on the exhibit floor. 

Joe Lamp’l has been a TV garden show host for PBS, The DIY Network, and he’s been a guest expert on the Today Show and Good Morning America.  Lamp’l is also a columnist, author, and founder of The joe gardener company.

Drivin’ to the Gardener’s Studio

March 4, 2010

Come over to The Subaru Gardener’s Studio in Hall B to hear free gardening lectures ALL DAY LONG. It’s one of the great benefits of the Flower Show: you not only get to look at gorgeous gardens and plants, but you can take all sorts of free classes and lectures. And when you’re at the Gardener’s Studio, check out the Subaru Outback parked next door. It’s a sweet set of garden wheels!

Irish Culture and Horticulture at the Flower Show

February 18, 2010

Moya Brennan

Tourism Ireland will host a series of special programs at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, celebrating the horticulture, culinary arts and music of the Emerald Isle.

In keeping with the Flower Show’s history of new plant introduction, a plant recently developed in Ireland, the Phormium cookianum “Black Adder,” will be introduced by horticulturist Maurice Parkinson at 11 a.m.  Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Gardener’s Studio.  Black Adder was selected for its dark, shining foliage and robust but shapely form. On the East Coast of the U.S., the new plant is most suitable for large combo containers with flowering and foliage plants.

At noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, harpist Moya Brennan, the First Lady of Celtic Music, will perform at Tourism Ireland’s exhibit in Hall A, which recreates sections of the renowned Mount Stewart gardens.

At 1:30 p.m., Irish Chef Noel McMeel will present a demonstration of fine Irish cooking in Room 204C.

At 2:30 p.m., Maurice Parkinson will lead a presentation on the Irish g

arden in the educational series in Room 201C.

The Flower Show is also proud to host a visit by Dara Calleary, Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment, on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, March 1, at the Flower Show will be Irish Heritage Day.

Moya Brennan will perform at the Irish garden exhibit at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Noel McMeel will offer culinary demonstrations at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Colman Andrews, co-founder and former editor of Saveur magazine, will sign copies of his new book, “The Country Cooking of Ireland,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tourism Ireland exhibit. Maurice Parkinson will present “Ulster’s Gardens: A Richness in Plant Diversity” at 2:30 p.m. in Room 201C.

On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., Frances McDonald will present a garden lecture, “A World of Plants in Ireland,” in Room 201C.

Garden celeb Jamie Durie at the Show

March 3, 2009

jamiedurie-loCrikey! Here is Aussie garden celebrity Jamie Durie signing autographs at the Flower Show today. Having literally just flown in from Australia, Durie–also host of PBS’s Victory Garden–gave a rousing talk in The Gardener’s Studio (sponsored by Subaru) on great plants for Northeast gardens, including some from his homeland.

Learn about Gardening…Today!

March 1, 2009

gardeners-studioYour Flower Show ticket not only gains you access to fabulous garden displays and flower arrangements, but also a wealth of free educational opportunities. We’ll detail many of them during the Show this week, but here is a glimpse of The Gardener’s Studio in Hall B.

In the Gardener’s Studio (sponsored by Subaru), Show visitors can take a load off their feet for awhile and enjoy a horticultural talk or demonstration by a garden expert. Here you see a lecture on “Residential Landscape Design” by Brian Burns of the Camden County Technical School.

And did I mention that it’s all…for free!

Inside the Gardener’s Studio, presented by Subaru

February 10, 2009


Here’s a hot Flower Show tip: after you peruse all the wonderful exhibits, sit in on one (or two) of the offerings at The Gardener’s Studio presented by Subaru. Located on the Show floor by the PHS Village and Flower Show Shoppe, it’s a great place to rest your feet and learn something new from esteemed experts.

I, for one, look forward to hearing Australian garden guru Jamie Durie. You may know Mr. Durie as the host of The Victory Garden on PBS, but he’s also an accomplished landscape designer who specializes in creating outdoor living spaces.  Oh, and he’s also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. That’s right, this guy is 100% Oprah-approved.

But Mr. Durie is just one of many noteworthy speakers. Plan your trip by viewing the schedule online or when you arrive at the Show.subarulogo


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