Archive for the ‘Marketplace’ Category

Fountains of Ancient Igneous Rock For Sale at the Flower Show.

February 9, 2010

Beautiful art made from pillars of ancient volcanic rock.

This year the Philadelphia International Flower Show is featuring a new vendor who takes the “Passport to the World” theme to a new locale–the Earth’s core.

Robert Wertz, of the Igneous Rock Gallery, makes fountains that are both scientifically fascinating and beautiful to behold, because each arrangement is a 40-million-year-old work of art.

Wertz’s fountains are made from pillars of basalt, an exotic and rare volcanic rock mined in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington state. Basalt contains minute crystals of the minerals olivine, pyroxene, and feldspar.

“We work closely with the geologist who is mining our planet’s only known source of this volcanic rock,” says Wertz.

For Flower Show visitors who are not on the market for a full-size fountain, Igneous Rock Gallery will also sell candlesticks, memory candle urns, tabletop fountains, lamps and other products made from the same volcanic rocks.

Igneous Rock Gallery will occupy booths 530 and 532 in the Marketplace at the Philadelphia International Flower Show. The Igneous Rock Gallery is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

For a short video about the fountains and the gallery visit:

A New Name For A Longtime Flower Show Vendor

January 20, 2010
The Haarlem Bulb company has been a vendor at the Philadelphia International Flower Show for 54 years.  This year you’ll find their booth in the Marketplace under a new name, the R.H. Company.  The new title comes from the name of the new owner, Ron Henry.  He’s the son of former owners Dolph and Paula Henry.  After Dolph passed away, Ron and his brother-in-law, Tom Corrao, took up the mantle as owners of the popular bulb retailer. 

The R.H. Company carries many interesting bulbs, like Dahlias and Bearded Irises.

Corrao has worked for Haarlem Bulb for 18 years. He says R.H. will continue to carry bulbs from the same New Jersey and Virginia growers.  They’ll also continue carrying bulbs from Ron’s cousin, Jacques Armand, an expert in rare bulbs and a popular Flower Show exhibitor.  In the past, Haarlem Bulb had strictly been a show vendor. So when Corrao isn’t selling bulbs at flower shows in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston or Toronto, he runs a liquor store near Buffalo, N.Y.  But Corrao says he and Ron may start selling bulbs online when they’re not on the road. 

At this year’s Flower Show, the R.H. Company will feature their specialties, lily and dahlia bulbs, along with a new batch of hyacinths and bearded irises.

“The irises come in salmon-orange, white, and a pink and white combo called ‘spinner.’  Mix them up, plant them in a clump and they look fantastic,” says Corrao. 

The R.H. Company booth will be in the C Hall of the Philadelphia International Flower Show.  Just look for the big yellow banner.

Artistic Harvest in the Flower Show Marketplace

September 11, 2009
Artist Jan Kirsh put final touches on a clay fig.

Artist Jan Kirsh put final touches on a clay fig.

A giant marble pepper. A bronze pear. A 7-foot leek.

Jan Kirsh doesn’t grow run-of-the-mill produce.

The artist creates beautiful and whimsical fruits and vegetables in various mediums and sizes for interior spaces or outdoor gardens. A fresh crop of her work will be harvested for the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, which will be  her first visit to the horticultural Marketplace at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.Pear in Bronze Jan Kirsh (more…)

Fairy Tale

July 27, 2009


A little fairy just told us that Ace of Spades Garden Artist Alice Calhoun is working on new flower faeries and dancers for the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Passport to the World.”  The Show will feature several countries including India, Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Singapore and New Zealand. To see a picture of  Alice’s Brazilian dancers, visit her website

alice,jpgA longtime Show vendor, Alice surprises visitors with her handmade artistry every year. To see a slide show of her work, including pieces featured in major exhibitor Jamie Rothstein’s floral designs over the years, please visit here.To learn more about the Flower Show’s marketplace, visit here.

The Art of the Deal

March 3, 2009

tues-244The Marketplace in Hall C is where Flower Show visitors can find great deals on plants, tools, garden, ornaments and even large-scale items, like sunrooms, greenhouses and patio pavers.

For many folks, the Marketplace is the crowning finale to the Philadelphia Flower Show–it’s where the dreams they saw in the main garden displays start to become reality.


February 28, 2009

orchidsThe Philadelphia Flower Show puts on one of the best orchid displays in the country. From popular moth and slipper orchids, to the rarer oncidiums, cattleyas and dendrobiums, there are plenty of tropical species to dazzle the eye.

And if you like what you see, you can buzz over to the Marketplace in Hall C and bring home a sweet lil’ orchid for yourself. Speaking from experience, I have done this many times myself.  :^)

Milanese Mobiles

February 22, 2009


I just got wind that Bud Scheffel, an Italian-American trained designer from NYC who lived and worked in Milan for 10 years, will be sharing his incredible craft of making mobiles at his booth (#701) at the Show’s Marketplace. Made from natural copper, stone, shells, and glass, his Garden Wind Sculpture is a direct translation of Milanese gardens and includes themes like branches, insects, flowers and frogs. To learn more about Bud, check out his  website. For more about the Marketplace vendors, click here.

Shoppe until you…Droppe?

February 19, 2009
marketplace vendor

One of the Many Marketplace Vendors

The Flower Show is a dream-come-true for those who love to shop. The Marketplace, which takes up roughly one-third of the Show floor, features more than 150 vendors selling everything from beeswax candles to big-ticket items like garden sculptures and sunrooms. View the list of vendors here.

The Marketplace is nothing short of fabulous, but there’s only one place to pick up official Flower Show merchandise, the Show Shoppe. Learn more after the jump.  (more…)

Italian Faeries Galore

February 17, 2009


I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I have to take something home to show off. Those looking for a memento can find keepsakes at the Show’s Marketplace, Piazza, and Flower Show Shoppe. I coudn’t help but notice the sunflower faeries, Tuscan masks, and new Copper Curls sculpture based on Botticell’s Primavera – the Three Graces and Flora. Owner Alice Calhoun took her “Bella Italia” assignment seriously.


Membership has its benefits

February 17, 2009

mf1I like to feel like I got a deal. I am big on memberships since it seems like they are overall you get value. PHS memberships include Flower Show tickets, but also YEAR LONG shopping discounts and free stuff. You can get 10% places like Smith and Hawken,  Terrain at Styers (its Urban Outfitters for the gardener) and Meadowbrook Farm (that’s a picture of their gift shop). Some discounts are on lawn mowers, landscaping services and home decorations. You can even get a great deal on a SUBARU. (Who would have guessed?) They are Flower Show sponsors and have offered a wonderful deal/ no haggling through their VIP program. It’s definately worth checking out.

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