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Step Out Monday Night at the Flower Show

February 28, 2011

Have you heard? Monday night just got a lot more fun. A week from today, on March 7, the LGBT is invited to come out and celebrate the arrival of “Springtime in Paris.” No special ticket is required, click on the ad below for additional information.

Subaru to Create Japanese Tea House at Flower Show

February 11, 2010

This Just In: Flower Show Official Sponsor Subaru of America -which also hosts the Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia each spring – will be creating a Japanese tea house for the 2010 Show.

This Japanese garden, to be located along the Show Concourse, will depict a tranquil setting that incorporates the use of stone, water and plants. The view from the tea house will include flowering cherry trees, azaleas, iris, and the subtle green tones of Japanese ferns. Inside the tea house, an extraordinary display of bonsai plants will lift the spirit as everyday worries drift away.

Sounds peaceful, doesn’t it?

More details to come…

Take a Green Tour at the Flower Show

February 7, 2010

PNC's green wall in Pittsburgh.

The Philadelphia International Flower Show is an opportunity to learn how to protect the environment and play a part in sustaining its natural resources.

As principal fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Flower Show generates $1 million in revenues for its nationally renowned urban revitalization program, Philadelphia Green.

Visitors can learn about some of Philadelphia Green’s key initiatives, such as its entrepreneurial City Harvest effort, at the PHS Village display. City Harvest is a partnership with the prison system, community gardeners and food cupboard operators dedicated to ensuring fresh produce for under-served communities and nurturing urban agriculture in the region.

PNC Bank, the Presenting Sponsor of the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, will express its environmental message with a 16-foot-high by 20-foot-wide “living wall” of plants and recycled materials.


Giant Water Plants Being Grown for the Flower Show

January 29, 2010

Check out a new video about Longwood Gardens’ giant water platters being  grown just for the Flower Show.  The plants will be incorporated into the Show’s main feature, called the  Explorer’s Garden.

Calling Young Friends to Volunteer at the 2010 Flower Show

January 26, 2010

Join us for “Passport to the World” Feb. 28-March 7, 2010

PHS is looking for young adults (18-40) to participate in its greening activities and at the Flower Show as volunteers and enthusiastic supporters.

Volunteer at the Show this year at the “PHS Village” and learn about PHS greening programs, assist with gardening demonstrations and work with the public.

Earn your free entrance to the Flower Show! Volunteers must attend a 1-hour orientation to the Flower Show on Feb. 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

To sign up as a volunteer, visit here:

Proceeds of the Philadelphia International Flower Show go to PHS’s urban revitalization programs, including Philadelphia Green.

Can We Have Hot Rhubarb Soufflé for Breakfast?

January 25, 2010

Photo Courtesy Lough Erne Golf Resort/Tourism Ireland

We thought we’d brighten your Monday morning with a sneak peek of one of the fabulous recipes – and chefs – coming to the 2010 Flower Show.

Noel McMeel, executive head chef at the five-star Lough Erne Golf Resort in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland, and a star of the BBC’s “Great British Menu,” will present at a special “Taste of Ireland” demonstration on March 1. For more information on all the live culinary demonstrations and chefs coming to the Show, visit here. McMeel has cooked for Presidents Bush and Clinton and the Queen of England.

Below, he’s sharing with us his recipe for Hot Rhubarb Soufflé with Home-made Custard

Does it get much better than this?

Hot Rhubarb Soufflé with Home-made Custard

Makes 6

  • 250g Fresh Rhubarb
  • 50g Castor Sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 50g Water
  • 100g Soft Ball Sugar
  • Corn flour to Thicken (cornstarch)
  • 3 Egg Whites


Bring the Rhubarb, Water & 50g Sugar to the simmer, then blend it until it is smooth and pass through a fine sieve, return back into a clean sauce pan and leave to the side.

Bring 100g Caster Sugar and a little water to bind to the boil and simmer onto Soft Ball stage 110C and add this to the rhubarb mix, then bring the mixture back to heat slowly, dissolve the corn flour with a little water and thicken the raspberry mix to a crème pate consistency.

 When thick put into a clean mixing bowl and leave to cool mixing with a whisk to speed up the process, now in a machine whisk 3 egg whites to a soft peeks and when the rhubarb mixture is cool enough beet in half the eggs first then gently fold in the other half.

Pipe into the prepared moulds and place in a ban merie then bake 190C for 10-12 mins, Sprinkle the top with some Icing sugar the top and quickly serve.  

Home-made Custard

 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
150ml/5fl oz milk
100ml/3½oz double cream
2 free-range egg yolks
25g/1oz caster sugar

 To make the custard, place a small saucepan over a high heat. Add the vanilla seeds and the empty pod, milk and cream and bring to a simmer.
6. Remove from the heat and allow to stand, letting the flavours infuse.
7. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks with the sugar in a large bowl.
8. Remove the vanilla pod from the infused cream and gradually pour the vanilla cream into the egg mix whisking well continuously.
9. Return the custard to the saucepan. Stir over a gentle heat until the custard thickens and coats the back of the spoon.

Getting Ready to Party

January 20, 2010

Ellen Wheeler, Linda Galante, PHS President Jane Pepper and Roberta Dranoff

Last week, members of the Flower Show’s Preview Party Committee – and their distinguished taste buds – met at the  Pennsylvania Convention Center to select the menu for the black-tie event, which is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 27.
The Preview Party offers guests an elegant and exclusive view tof the Flower Show before it opens to the public. More importantly, the event raises funds for PHS’s outreach projects, including its acclaimed urban revitalization program, Philadelphia Green.

During the cocktail reception, Bollywood dancers and Brazilian musicians, provided by World Cafe Live, will entertain guests. ARAMARK is offering sumptuous hors d’ouevres representing the different countries featured in the Show: Brazil, South Africa, India, Singapore, the Netherlands and New Zealand.  

PHS will offer its own special cocktail: The Globaltini!

For more information on the Party, visit here.

Shopping and Indulging at the Flower Show

January 11, 2010



Do you enjoy shopping as much as we do? Well, just a few steps outside the exhibition halls of the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, a world of unique shops and other sweet treats will await. 

A new World Bazaar, located on the Show Bridge, will offer home accessories, art, crafts, pottery, jewelry, shoes, foods and other products from around the globe. 

The shop called Indiago will have a fabulous selection of Indian tapestries, curtains, pillows, lampshades and other ways to beautify the home. 

Model Metalworks, Inc. will sell handmade pine needle baskets, trays and vases from Mexico. 

 Hand-carved natural jade jewelry from Burma will be offered by J’s Jades

Chinese porcelain, cloisonné ware, jade carvings, furnishings, clothing, musical instruments, stone carvings, glass art and pictures will be sold by the China Art Company


Handcrafted Nicaraguan pottery will be presented by Nica-Art

Aquafina Gardens International will offer a selection of garden décor from around the world. 

Imported Italian shoes and lines will be available at Nobel Nielsen Shoes

And Gourmet Blends will offer imported Italian vinegars and oils. 

French Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Visitors can then take a break from shopping on the other side of the Show Bridge, where Sweet Street Desserts, of Reading, Pa., will be serving at the new Dessert and Coffee Bar. Sweet Street makes gourmet pies and cakes and other wonderful treats. 

We are really looking forward to this. 

To watch a clip of Sweet Streets Desserts on The Food Network’s “Unwrapped,”visit here. 

For more information on shopping at the Show, go here.

Like Project Runway with Flowers!

December 31, 2009

Greek inspired papier-matche dress

Fashion design students at the Art Institute of Philadelphia will get to see their designs come alive at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show.  From Guatemala to Egypt to Japan, dresses inspired by 10 countries will be featured as part of “Passport to the World” in Hall B.

The students’ garments were first modeled for Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney in December. The chosen designs will be paired with floral designs from the area’s best who will interpret the dresses into blossoming displays.

Sixteen dresses were chosen based on texture, color and overall design.  Every dress represents a country and each student had to use one “untraditional” material in one of their dresses.

“I remember doing these kinds of projects in design school,” says Senior Flower Show Coordinator Betty Greene. “It’s hard! The details and materials [the students] used are just wonderful!” (more…)

Experience a Photographic Journey through Burma, a pre-Flower Show event

December 30, 2009

Longtime Flower Show supporter Penny Hansen will share her passion for photography, including her work from a recent excursion to Myanmar, on Jan. 13 as part of PHS’s Flower Show-themed brown bag lunches.

Penny, who is originally from a small village in Oxfordshire, England, and has lived in the Philadelphia area for almost 30 years, has spent the last two years pursuing her goal of documenting the human condition wherever she finds it. She recently returned from a month-long photographic expedition to Myanmar (Burma), where she traveled to several remote areas. She currently serves on PHS ‘s Council and Development Committee.

The brown-bag lunch, “Burma – A Photographic Journey through the Lost Golden Land,” will be held at PHS on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from noon – 1:30p.m. The cost is only $5. To register, visit here.

This winter, PHS will be holding several brown-bag lunches featuring countries that will be showcased at the 2010 Flower Show, “Passport to the World.”

Stay tuned for more.

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