Archive for the ‘Individual & Club Entries’ Category

Two Beauties from the Horticulture Classes

March 7, 2010

Bowiea volubilis 'Nana', grown by Stephen Maciejewski

Nepenthese ventricosa,grown by Larry Chiger

Just like Grandma’s Front Porch

March 6, 2010

The Heatherwood Retirement Community Garden Club took home a blue ribbon in the Front Porches class in Hall B. They also won a class commendation from the judges, so described this porch as “Believable…and charming.”

Join a Plant Society!

March 6, 2010

American Ivy Society

Philadelphia-area plant societies have always held an important role at the Flower Show, both for engaging new members and displaying their fabulous plants. From rock gardening to rhododendrons to cactus and more, there is a plant society for everyone. There’s even a society dedicated to botanical illustration.

Check out all their fabulous exhibits in Hall B (the educational “Know It” section of the Show) and find a society that’s just right for you. Aside from learning about a special category of plants and how to grow them, you’ll also make plenty of new friends. (That’s a guaranteed part of the plant-society experience.)

Delaware Valley Fern & Wildflower Society

Artistic Touches!

March 4, 2010

A Window Box and Lamp Post winner by Donna R. Franchetti

A blue-ribbon winner in the Tables class from the Suburban Garden Club

Make sure to head towards the rear of Hall B to the “Show It” section of the Flower Show.

Here you will see all sorts of amazing floral competitions, from jewelry made of plant materials to dazzling flower arrangements and more. The artistry in this area is simply astounding.

A winning Medium Niche design by Amanda Swope and Maria Ecker

Saul High School Shines Brightly

March 4, 2010

The Statue of Liberty stands as a symbol to welcome all who pass her in the New York Harbor. In this display, plants from around the world come together, representing the melting pot that is America. Varieties from Asia, Europe and the Americas surround the great lady, linking horticultural traditions.

This exhibit celebrating Lady Liberty is the final product of a school-year spent planning and planting. Sixty students from the W. B. Saul Agricultural High School collaborated to create this masterpiece. Saul students, we salute you!

Mrs. Hamilton’s Amazing Plants

March 3, 2010

It wouldn’t be a Philadelphia Flower Show without hundreds of beautiful plant entries from Mrs. “Dodo” Hamilton. For years, her plants have been dazzling Show visitors–and irking her horticulture competitors–as she wins blue ribbon after blue ribbon. There are so many of her plants to chose from, but here is a simply lovely Clivia miniata.

The Horticulture of Lincoln High School

March 1, 2010

There’s no such thing as snow days for the students at Abraham Lincoln High School, at least not for those participating in the 2010 Flower Show. These guys braved the worst weather in years in order to put together this excellent exhibit, which commemorates their new school building. (Desks from the school were brought in to add authenticity.)

Students implement the entire courtyard/classroom exhibit, from the early planning stages to the finishing touches.  Sophomores grow the plants, juniors staff the exhibit, and seniors have the privilege of acting as designers. Youngsters like these are the future of the Flower Show, and we are wowed by what we see!

Special thanks to educational partner Monrovia for making this all happen!

Soup & Salad: From Camden to the World

January 13, 2010

Sharing the wealth in Camden.

This year, the Camden City Garden Club and Camden Children’s Garden are serving up a “Passport to the World” exhibit filled with veggies fit for a delicious soup and salad. In an effort to address the important global issue of food security and sustainability, the display will show visitors how to grow their own produce.

 A giant sculpted soup bowl and salad plate will serve as the fanciful containers for the plants, making the exhibit look like a huge delectable meal. (more…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Sandy Greenwood

December 4, 2009

About 20 years ago, Sandy Greenwood helped a friend bring plants to the Flower Show to enter into competition, and she’s been coming back, in one capacity or another, every year since.

Sandy’s own first foray into exhibiting at the Show worked out well. She submitted a begonia on the first of three judging days for novices, and it took a blue ribbon. The second and third days, she won second place and honorable mention. She was hooked.


Burke Brothers Explores the Rainforest of Brazil

December 2, 2009

Tropical waterfall

Burke Brothers of Wyndmoor, Pa., will take us to Brazil for the 2010  Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Passport to the World.”  Their exhibit is titled “Floresta Amazonica,” which means Amazon rainforest in Portuguese.

 Burke Brothers manager Michele Rich says one of the biggest challenges this year is working with plants that come from a vastly different climate and environment, one that’s dark, lush and tropical.  


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