(I wish I could have made this event. It was on my books for months, but when someone hires me for an event photography gig I have to take the job to pay off this camera ya know. On those occasions I will consider taking photos from the event I had to bump and post them on PCC. [it did happened twice this week, when you hire PCC you get to keep the photos for distribution to the mags and your file, plus they go on PCC if you want.)

More than 300 people attended last Thursday night’s event, which raises funds for year-round maintenance of the four-acre Azalea Garden, located in Fairmount Park just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Azalea Garden, a project of the PHS Philadelphia Green program, has been revitalized and maintained through the dedication and cooperation of PHS, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount Park Commission and countless volunteers.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society president Jane Pepper welcoming guests.

Conrad and Michelle Heckman, with their daughter Emma, of Villanova

(Laura Hoover/PHS)

Many guests were adorned in beautiful hats including Angela Stone of Philadelphia and Nancy Winkler of Narberth

Traditional horse-drawn carriage rides, a magician, stilt-walkers, face-painters, crafts for children, cuisine by Drexelbrook Catering, and Dixieland music will complete the festivities at this gala event. I am putting this event on my calendar for next years. I love the Azalea Garden and the Waterworks area, especially when holding a party.The 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Passport to the World’s Flowers” will present an international bouquet of exhibits and an appreciation of flowers and plants from around the globe, including Brazil, Singapore, Holland, India, South Africa and New Zealand on Feb. 28 to March 7, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
(Photos provided by the Margaret Funderburg/PHS)