This past Friday I braved the weather and headed for Philadelphia via Amtrak. With free wi-fi throughout and an outlet to charge one’s gear, they make it quite comfortable to take the train! This was the third time I have attended the annual show and, although this wasn’t my favorite of the three shows, it was still more than an eye full.
This year’s theme was the gardens of Great Britain, which explains the gigantic replica of Big Ben at the center of the show. Every so often, the clock face disappeared and was replaced with videos. At the base of Big Ben there was a water garden with enormous lily pads -almost enticing enough to tempt me with adding a water feature.
I can only imagine the logistics of putting together such a huge show and can’t even begin to wrap my mind around what it takes to make sure everything is in bloom and ready to display!
The show fills the Philadelphia Convention Center and is divided between special, themed exhibits, competitions in specific categories and the vendors. It would be impossible to see the show and take enough pictures, but these are some of the things I saw that made an impression:
All of the major exhibits had some sort of British theme. There was a booth where people could make their own “fascinators”, which are very British hair ornaments/hats and lots of women wearing them.