As I wrote about yesterday, the flower, garden and home show season is upon us. But what makes it even more special is getting the chance to take a glimpse into all the amazing efforts by growers months before their plants arrive picture ready.
This year, for the first time The Pennsylvania Horticulutural Society has partnered with Longwood Gardens for a display of their famed hybrid platter plants from the conservatory’s courtyard Water Lilly Garden. In an incredible effort, Longwood is growing a specialized set of these platter plants which will be transported to the Philadelphia Flower Show. Just how these fantastic 4-5 foot wide plants can be grown in the middle of winter and transplanted for display in late February is a journey worth seeing.
I can’t wait to see how Longwood’s Platter’s are displayed! A photo essay will be coming. Longwood isn’t the only grower by any means who has painstakingly prepared for this great garden week. One of “Delaware Valley’s premier landscape designers” Jack Blandy of Stoney Bank Nurseries shares his teams work in getting ready for this years Philly Show.
Of course not everyone can get through all the prep of such a major undertaking without some help. Jack Blandy explains how help is never far when an exhibitor needs it.
last year the show’s theme was Italy. They had Rome and Venice themed areas and even a fashion area to represent Milan.
This year, the Philadelphia International Flower Show touts the theme, “Passport to the World,” (show) will greet guests with a 28-foot-high hot-air balloon, covered in more than 79,000 dried flowers, that towers over the Explorer’s Garden. The Victorian-era display, filled with varieties of plants like those collected through the remarkable Wilkes Expedition (1838-42)”
The Philadelphia Flower Show is on display from Sunday, February 28th through Sunday, March 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The show hours are:
Sundays, February 28 and March 7:
8 am to 6 pm
Monday through Friday, March 1 to March 5:
10 am to 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 6:
8 am to 9:30 pm
for more information visit: http://www.theflowershow.com
Well, I for one can not wait for this show! Let’s do this Bee!
Britt : )