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The Flower Show Queen: Hope Fox Coates

March 24, 2011

There is no one who knows Flower Shows better than Hope Fox Coates, who has been arranging flowers (and winning for her arrangements) for 50 consecutive years.

After following her mother to the Show for many years, Hope started creating her own arrangements in 1961 when things were a little different. “They used to have seven different niches, one for each day,” Hope reminisces, “We were over at the Civic Center and it was much smaller and more intimate back then.”

Over fifty years, the Flower Show has, of course, changed and grown, and while Hope was overwhelmed at first, she welcomes most of the changes that have occurred. “I really love the marketplace. It’s great for meeting and interacting with people.”

Hope talks about the “Flower Show aura” that keeps the entrants coming back year after year. For Hope, her fellow arrangers are like an intimate family and are always there to lend a helping hand. But her biggest supporters are her mother and her daughter, who now helps Hope with her arrangements and watches the family animals in Maine when Hope comes to Philadelphia. (more…)

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