The 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show
The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show took place last week. It is the world’s largest indoor flower show and can be a bit intimidating. My husband and I find that Friday night is a less crowded time to go especially if you want to photograph the exhibits. This year’s theme was Hawaii, which was a great choice for me because I attend for the “show” aspects and not to get ideas for my garden.
One of the most interesting parts was the entrance where visitors walked underneath a realistic sounding wave made of screens projected with changing sea life and striped with white flowers evocative of Hawaii. Created by Valley Forge Flowers of Wayne, PA, it was a full immersion experience as if you were inside the wave:
There were many scenes of Hawaii (or at least what us easterners think Hawaii looks like), and surf boards were very popular:
My husband and I volunteer to staff the exhibit of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. I am not a rock gardener but this organization is worth joining for its lectures and plant sales alone. Their exhibit was very well received and included a tufa outcropping and hypertufa troughs:
My absolute favorite part of the show is the competitive classes where regional gardeners enter their well grown plants to receive ribbons. This area, known as the hort court, takes up half the area of the show. Here are the bulb classes:
The competitive classes are filled with well grown individual plants. Some of them come to the flower show year after year, but I never tire of seeing them:
My favorite exhibit was put on by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society and featured the use of edible plants in an ornamental landscape. Fruits and vegetables are just as beautiful as any other plants, and this exhibit showed some very innovative uses such as a 10 foot wall of lettuce, a large pergola covered with cherry tomatoes, and a wooden walkway through healthy, gorgeous edible plants:
I really enjoyed the flower show this year, and, if you couldn’t visit in person, I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour.
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