Posts Tagged ‘J. Downend Landscaping’

J. Downend Prepares Pearl Harbor Memorial for 2012 Show

December 14, 2011

With December 7 marking the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, J. Downend Landscaping has been in the news for its in-the-works Flower Show exhibit that will commemorate the “date which will live in infamy.”

According to the newsworks.org article, “[Tom Morris’s] scaled-down re-creation of the USS Arizona Memorial will be a heady mix of patriotism, tragedy, and floral beauty. The construction will be floating in a pond inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, surrounded by royal palms, fragrant plumeria, and white peace lilies.” Read the full story here.

Pretty amazing. To read more about J. Downend Landscaping’s thought-provoking piece, dubbed “Remembrance,” check out this article in the Delaware County Daily Times.

J. Downend Goes for Flower Show Glory!

March 6, 2011

It seems such a pity, right? The way participants in Le Tour de France race through the countryside without taking in beauty? Luckily the cyclist depicted in the exhibit created by J. Downend Landscaping (411 Smiley St., Crum Lynne, PA 19022) is willing to make the most of his race by collecting items along the way.

In the overstuffed wagon being tugged by the bike, you’ll find soccer balls, wine bottles, baguettes, paintings, and more. You’ll also detect shopping bags from fine French retailers like Cartier and Louis Vuitton. Signage explains the French connection to items that may look like they don’t belong, such as a four-foot Statue of Liberty. Believe us, everything in this cart has a story.

The plants and flowers featured in this exhibit are mostly yellow, which is the color of the Tour de France winner’s jersey. (You can probably picture Lance Armstrong wearing it.) Look for yellow daisies, tulips, and black-eyed Susans.

Tom Morris of Downend says, “We didn’t want to take ourselves too seriously this year. We were going for something playful that would make people stop and look.” Well Tom, it looks like you won the race!

Give it a Guess: J. Downend’s French Connection

January 24, 2011

Show exhibitor J. Downend Landscaping offers up these intriguing images of their in-the-works display. Sound off on what you think they may be up to. Every guess is a good one! And when you see the Show for yourself, look for how these items are incorporated into the completed exhibit. 

Tour de France with J. Downend Landscaping

October 15, 2010

Photo Courtesy of FranceforVisitors.com

We had the honor of catching up with Tom Morris from J. Downend Landscaping recently, which was invited back to the Philadelphia International Flower Show for its expertise.

This Crum Lynne, Pa.-based company will take show guests on “Tour de France” with a lighthearted interpretation of the world-renowned bicycle race. A streetscape garden will showcase French culture including art, culinary influences, architecture and sports to name a few.

“Our garden will represent a cross section of the experience a visitor to France may bring home with them,” Morris told us.

We can’t wait to see it.

J. Downend Prepare a “Tour de Force” for France-Themed Flower Show

August 17, 2010

Jim & Tom

“When we tell people we’re working on the Flower Show, they usually say, ‘So soon?’ I always feel like we should have started long ago!”

So says Tom Morris of J. Downend Landscaping Inc. But he needn’t fear! Members of the Flower Show team met with Tom and Jim Downend recently and were bowled over by their ideas for the March 2011 Show.

We don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but here’s one teaser: Lance Armstrong will surely be a fan of this display. OK, want one more? The Downend team hopes to force some trees that have never been featured at the Show before. (You’ll have to attend the Show to see what species!)

When not sketching for the Flower Show, the Crum Lynne, PA, company is plenty busy with their year-round landscaping services. For nearly 30 years J. Downend has designed, installed, and maintained quality landscapes for homes and commercial properties.

While their excellent work speaks for itself, Tom says that exhibiting at the Flower Show adds to a business’s credibility. And Downend’s freshmen year was an all-around success. The group earned the PHS Award for Excellence in the Newcomer Landscape Division. You may remember their exhibit, titled “No Passport Required,” which highlighted plants of foreign origin that are now popular in America.

Will their 2011 exhibit surpass the self-imposed high standard? The Flower Show is months away, but at PHS we think we’ll see the J. Downend team doing a victory lap around the Convention Center this March!

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No Passport Required: Welcome J. Downend Landscaping

January 30, 2010

Jim Downend, Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney and Tom Morris

For the first time, J. Downend Landscaping, a residential and commercial landscape contractor that has served the Delaware Valley for more than 25 years, will be exhibiting in the Flower Show.

Their exhibit, “No Passport Required,” will include what President Jim Downend and his team does best – a Delaware Valley garden.

This garden will be teeming with beautiful plants from around the world in both hardy and tender forms and offer plenty of inspiration and tips on how homeowners can create the same.

Water will cascade down a staircase of Pennsylvania bluestone into a reflecting pool, presenting the appearance of a floating walkway. A bronze globe will be draped in a backdrop of roses and amelanchier while a limestone eagle will be enveloped in snapdragons and delphinium, reminding us that we live in a horticultural melting pot of the global landscape.

We can’t wait.

For more information on all the major exhibitors coming to the Show, please visit here.


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