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Forcing for the Flower Show and Other Meadowbrook Events

January 25, 2012

By now I sincerely hope you’ve blocked out time to attend the world famous Flower Show. But if you’re too excited to wait for March, you’ll be happy to learn Meadowbrook Farm is hosting three events to get you in the right frame of mind for Hawaii: Islands of Aloha. 

The Secrets of Forcing Plants for the Flower Show
Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Since 1982 John Story has been the brains behind the art and science of convincing plants of all kinds to bloom in harmony for the Philadelphia International Flower Show–in conditions and at a time of the year when they would all rather be asleep. John’s talk will be sprinkled throughout with war stories from thirty years of Shows. The presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Click here to register. Contact Carol Dutill for more information.

Tropical Plant Sale
Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tropical plants make great houseplants and blooms and foliage alike are sure to brighten up any room in your home. Shop Meadowbrook Farm on Saturday, February 4 to enjoy 20 percent off amazing orchids, beautiful begonias, unusual cacti and succulents, carnivorous plants and more! PHS Members save 30 percent!

Meadowbrook experts will be on hand all day to answer your questions and help you choose the right plants for your home. You can also pick out pots—distressed clay pots, vintage verdigris containers, glazed ceramics—and get help pairing them with pots. Also check out Meadowbrook’s selection of fertilizers for every variety of plant as well as special soil blends for orchids, begonias, ferns, and more.

While you’re there, make sure to warm up by sampling some of Christina Maser’s soups like shiitake mushroom, white bean chicken chili and warming chicken barley. Soups, jams, and spreads will be sampled throughout the day, starting at 10 am.

Flower Show Behind the Scenes:
Tour the Meadowbrook Greenhouses
Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

How do all those out-of-season plants bloom just in time for the Philadelphia International Flower Show? The magic happens at Meadowbrook Farm. Join John Story and staff as they lead a tour through the greenhouses, highlighting the unusual plants being grown for displays at the 2012 Show, Hawaii: Islands of Aloha. You will see them first at Meadowbrook and learn the fascinating, intricate details that are part of this amazing horticultural balancing act. Light refreshments will be served after the tour. Click here to register. Contact Carol Dutill for more information.

photo: Laura Blanchard

Toilet Plunger Makes for Elegant Arrangement

November 16, 2011

When’s the last time you used a toilet plunger in a floral arrangement?

That’s what I thought. Which is why we wanted to tell you about a recent experience one of our Flower Show volunteers had working with a group of creative teenagers. Click here to read Carmen Herrera von Wrangell’s first-hand account of making floral arrangements with unlikely objects (and with unlikely designers!).

Elsewhere on the web, Louise Krasniewicz is writing about her preparations for exhibiting miniatures in the 2012 Show. She is researching Hawaiian culture, collecting supplies, and growing plants from seed. Learn about her breakthroughs, struggles, and activities here.

All this goes to show that the Flower Show is a year-long passion for many people!

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