Philadelphia Horticultural Society Flower Show

6" of new snow made it more challenging to get to the train on time, but not impossible!

6″ of new snow made it more challenging to get to the train on time, but not impossible!

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.

Big Ben

Big Ben

 

 

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.

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Some of these lily pads must have been 2′ across!

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:

A collection of painted sticks with ceramic leaves that served as the backdrop for one display/

A collection of painted sticks with ceramic leaves that served as the backdrop for one display.

This screen looked like the branches were pleached (grown together). Wish it were better lighting.

This screen looked like the branches were pleached (grown together). Wish it were better lighting.

Floral hats fit for queens and princesses
Floral hats fit for queens and princesses

Hat for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Hat for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Attendee sporting a lovely fascinator

Attendee sporting a lovely fascinator

A tower of wheel barrows at the center of one display

A tower of wheel barrows at the center of one display

A dog house with a green roof

A dog house with a green roof

The caterpillar at one corner of the Mad Hatter's Tea Partty

The caterpillar at one corner of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

The Tea Party itself

The Tea Party itself

Fabulous things to buy!

Fabulous things to buy!

Some things just too big to take on the train!

Some things just too big to take on the train!

One big surprise: With all those flowers, I really expected much more perfume in the air, but there was very little! So much for the new hybrids!

One big surprise: With all those flowers, I really expected much more perfume in the air, but there was very little! So much for the new hybrids!

Nice little wattle fence surrounding this garden

Nice little wattle fence surrounding this garden

About Susan Guagliumi

I am an author, craftsperson and a gardener. My proposal for a book tentatively titled "The Artful Gardener" was just accepted by Stewart, Tibori and Chang Publishers. Although this will be my fifth book, it is the first outside the area of hand/machine knitting. The manuscript is due early in 2013 and the book is scheduled for Spring of 2014. A somewhat longer process than giving birth to a child, embarking on an author's journey can be just as daunting, exciting and almost as fulfilling.
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