Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW has blossomed into the Phila International Flower Show 2010

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Spring has finally arrived in Philadelphia, but you have to visit the Philadelphia Convention Center to enjoy the sights, sounds and most importantly the SMELL. The Philadelphia International Flower Show is produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and presented this year by PNC Bank. The PHS, founded in 1827, was America’s first horticultural society, and sponsored the nation’s first flower show in 1829. The show has been presented at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia since 1996, and the exhibits alone encompass ten of the 33 indoor acres of the Convention Center. Proceeds of the Show support Philadelphia Green, PHS’ highly acclaimed urban revitalization program.

Over the past 181 years, the Philadelphia Flower Show has grown into a world-renowned exhibition of the best landscape and floral design. This year, it has also grown into a new name.
The oldest and largest celebration of horticultural excellence is now the Philadelphia International Flower Show. On a sad note, it is also the last year that Jane G. Pepper, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, but a new president has been elected Drew Becher. On Saturday night I attended the Preview Gala.

Jane Pepper and her grandson Ben Scully near the Pepper Tribute Garden.

Over the past 181 years, the Philadelphia Flower Show has grown into a world-renowned exhibition of the best landscape and floral design. This year, it has also grown into a new name.

The oldest and largest celebration of horticultural excellence is now the Philadelphia International Flower Show.The Aramark catering staff Linda Phillips, manager Gassan Albakouki, Robin Ann Trainor and Fred Marinucci. Aramark really does have delicious food. When I attended the Auto Show a few weeks back, their steak was the best out of all the restaurants.
C. Alan and Judith H Walker from Clearfield, Pa enjoy the show.

Tom Covello of Celebrations Design Group with his award winning display, and his very proud mom.


Louise Cupelli and Courtney Spenser
Adam Joseph, who’s in the midst of training for the Broad Street Run and Cecily Tynan do a few shots for their FYI program.
Elizabeth and Bruce Rubin
Marybeth and Richard Sibert with Josephine Kline. Richard is the managing partner of Knob Hall Winery, and it has been in his family for generations. I wonder if his favorite wine is Rose?
Keith Green and Darlyn Falcon (Smiley)
Anther beautiful creation by our friends at Beautiful Blooms They always invite me out to see their store, but sadly I’ve never had the chance. Maybe this Spring. This was just fascinating.
What a joy it was to meet Virgina Hope and Zan Wick. Virgina reminds me of those wonderful glamorous movie stars of the 60s
The dinner was at 8, but because I was late as I was covering something at the Sofitel, Mike and I skipped it to enjoy the flower show. Which I can’t say enough about. This year I didn’t even post as many of the exhibits as I usually would, because you have got to see them in person. Before I was PhillyChitChat I would go on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights. I found it to be just crowded enough for me to still enjoy everything. I might even go back this week. Sad thing is the shops are not open on the Gala Evening, and I do miss that.
Lady Gaga could get some inspiration from these girls
Yea Phillies tending to a garden
How long do you think this hat is going to last on this display?
I love all the little competitions, especially the judges comments. It must be hard to be a judge as each of these little gems is so difficult to create and hard to pick out the best, sometimes.
Mike Toub loves the Avatar inspired African exhibit
Phila Fashion Week director Kristie Bergey and
Rhonda L Young and Kyndra D Worrell come to the flower show every year, but this year with all the snow it makes it just that much sweeter.
Philadelphia born Jamie Moffett, Director “Return to El Salvador” with Martin Sheen with Lena Pourovsky. Jamie will be headed out to LA to see his documentary screened there.

I get it. Manayunk Bike Club celebrates 25 Years this year and they have inspired this creative display. Do you get it?
Advance General Admission tickets are $23 for Adults; $13 for age 16 and under; and Students (age 17-24) $18. Visit this webpage for exact dates, times and group and box office ticket prices. Information on where to buy tickets to the Flower Show and the Garden Teas can be found here. And is worth every penny. This year’s show is magnificent, the layout is much more easier to maneuver especially large crowds. The flowers are gorgeous and many countries are represented. ENJOY!!