Archive for the ‘Show History’ Category

Flower Show Flashback: Postcard from the Past

April 13, 2011

Check out this throwback postcard (above) and ticket stub (right) from the 1986 Flower Show, “Hometown, USA”. Throw a leg warmer on the asparagus stalk and you’ve got a Flashdance-y parade of produce that screams ’80s, placing this postcard among the best vintage classics that the Flower Show has to offer.

Flower Show Wins Eight International Festival Awards

September 16, 2010

The Philadelphia International Flower Show received eight international festival awards for excellence for the 2010 presentation, “Passport to the World,” at ceremonies Wednesday, Sept. 15, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Flower Show, produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, was honored in a variety of programming and promotional categories. The prizes for PHS included a Gold award for its community outreach program, City Harvest, which raises fresh produce for distribution to underserved residents, trains prison inmates in green job skills, and supports urban farmers.

The professional competition, presented by the International Festivals & Events Association, draws entries from around the world. Winners were announced at the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held during the association’s 55th annual convention in St. Louis.

The Flower Show awards were for the following categories (for events with budgets over $1.5 million):


A TV-Eye View of the Flower Show

May 17, 2010

The 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show is just a distant memory — with lots of photos. But you can relive the saturation television coverage now.

From the early February press conference, through opening day, through closing, the TV reporters seemed to be everywhere every day. This roundup of highlights from national and local coverage includes interviews with exhibitors, PHS staff, and designers (see how many times reporters can mispronounce “Lemheney”). To view, go the Flower Show Press Room, click on “Press Clips for the 2010 Show,” and repeat: “Passport to the World” … “Passport to the World”…

Watch the Jane Pepper Tribute Video

March 3, 2010

Celebrate Jane Pepper’s 29 years as president of PHS in this stirring, heart-felt video tribute.

Flower Show Exhibitor Walt Off Receives PHS Award

November 12, 2009
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Walt Off (left) receives congratulations from his friend and colleague, Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney, for winning the PHS Distinguished Achievement Award.

Walt Off, the veteran Flower Show exhibitor who runs the renowned Waldor Orchids in Linwood, N.J., has received one of the top honors bestowed by PHS. At the 182nd annual meeting of PHS Council on Nov. 10, Off was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award, which is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of horticulture and has had a positive impact on PHS programs and activities.


Sneak Peek – Visit to Flower Show award winner Michael Bruce’s house

October 21, 2009

Submission by guest blogger – Leslie Ferebee, PHS Sr. Shows Special Events Coordinator

Michael Bruce Demo Overhead

Michael demonstrates how an artichoke will make a perfect addition to his fall arrangement.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, award-winning Flower Show Major Floral Exhibitor Michael Bruce hosted a committee visit to his house in Westmont, New Jersey. The event was titled “Proper Props: Plants in Pots – Making Garden Rooms.” Michael wanted us to see his gardens and share with us tips and tricks for using “props” in your garden.  (more…)

Flowers By David Plans a Voyage for 2010 Flower Show

October 6, 2009
Robin and David Heller will take Flower Show guests on a floral journey.

Robin and David Heller will take Flower Show guests on a floral journey.

One of the most memorable exhibits at the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Bella Italia,” was the serene, candlelit spa created by Flowers By David.  “For months after the show, people emailed me their pictures of our exhibit,” said Robin Heller.

She and husband David love that interaction with Flower Show guests, and they try to maintain a constant presence at their display to talk with visitors.

For their 14th year at the Flower Show, the Hellers will take a celebratory approach to the theme, “Passport to the World.” Their exhibit will evoke the spirit of travel and transition. (more…)

Robertson’s Plans ‘Tulipmania’ at Flower Show

August 31, 2009
Robertson's COO Lisa Roth and designer Eric Schellack plan to recreate scenes from Dutch life in their exhibit at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Robertson's COO Lisa Roth and designer Eric Schellack plan to recreate scenes from Dutch life in their exhibit at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

When visitors to the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show approach the exhibit presented by Robertson’s Flowers, they will be dazzled by a rainbow of blooms from the Netherlands. The display — tentatively titled “Tulipmania” — will recreate scenes from Dutch life, infused with flowers, explains Robertson’s chief operating officer Lisa Roth.


PHS President Jane Pepper to Retire in 2010

June 11, 2009

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Jane Pepper, who raised the stature of the Philadelphia Flower Show internationally and supported the expansion of the Philadelphia Green program into a national model for urban revitalization, has announced she will retire in spring 2010 after nearly three decades as president of PHS.

A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Pepper’s work with PHS began as a volunteer at the 1976 Flower Show. Then-President Ernesta Ballard hired Jane in 1979. Pepper became executive director in 1981 and president in 1985. During her tenure, the membership of PHS has doubled to 16,000 and the staff has grown from 28 to more than 100.

Pepper’s ability to attract support in every situation has led to partnerships with city and state governments, corporations and greening organizations in the region and across the United States.


Friday Flashback 3

May 8, 2009


How can you not love this photo? Once again the McLean Library has come through and unearthed this image from the 1970 Flower Show. Here the horticultural sweepstakes winner, Joy Mackinney, is smooching her well-earned trophy at the annual awards luncheon. Photographer Edmund B. Gilchrist has certainly captured the dedication and passion that makes growing for the Flower Show such a rewarding process. I’m sure exhibitors of today — nearly 40 years later — can appreciate Ms. Mackinney’s moment of bliss.

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