Since 1829, the Philadelphia Flower Show has been an antidote to the winter doldrums. This year, the largest indoor flower show in the world opened to the public on March 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The main part of the show covers 10 acres. In addition, there are satellite exhibits — 33 acres worth in all.
Produced by the renowned Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with a different theme each year, the current show celebrates the landscapes and cultural icons of Great Britain. Visitors enter the exhibition through massive gates made of flowers surmounted by a floral crown. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a reproduction of Big Ben that serves as a screen every half hour for a light and sound show.
|"London Fog," an exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show, |
recalls London weather with umbrellas and clouds of mist.
|Clivia originated in the southern part of Africa. |
(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Botanical illustrators demonstrate their craft. A vertical garden of kale and collards exemplifies how urban gardeners can produce food in small spaces. Experts including Mark Lane, the Gardens Manager for the Royal Household, give free lectures daily on everything from green walls and green roofs, to ornamental gardens and edible landscapes, to tree and lawn care.
Gardening tools and decorative artifacts for the garden are for sale as are scarves, hand-embroidered pillows, bone china, teas, soaps, aprons, hats, and toys.
The show closes on March 10 but there's always next year. Plans are already in the works for "Articulture," which will explore the ways in which horticulture has influenced painters and sculptors and vice versa. For this show, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will collaborate with some of Philadelphia's museums.
For tickets and more information, go to www.theflowershow.com/