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THE PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW 2011 – I’LL DRINK TO THAT

If the Philadelphia Flower Show were competing in an awards show they would be a shoo in for The Oscar. It is the best show I have seen in my 15 years of going to the show. Sure there have been standout’s before, I loved the Orchid year, and the South American year, and there have been displays that were outstanding like the Survivor display 6 years ago, Avatar and the African elephant last year, but this year the entire show is a consistent Parisian theme to compliment the upcoming PIFA event to be held in Philadelphia 4/7 – 5/1

Drew Becher must have had strict guidelines on what could be used in the display cause the entire space is right on target for capturing the spirit of walking through the City of Lights down to the cobble stone paths.

I went to both the opening gala night and also the GLBT Happy Hour night. This year there are a whole bunch of family events and happy hours. Although just looking at this years show should make you happy enough.

Chris Chimicles and Kate Wilhelm, Senior Vice President of Business Development of PHS
Brian and Maud Tierney. Brian tells me I’m doing a great job and he enjoys my blog. Thanks.
Mayor Nutter flips on the switch to officially open the Flower Show as Drew Becher President of PHS and the committee look on. (Lisa Nutter wasn’t there, I had just left her at the Nicole Miller Fashion Show at the Bellevue)
The show is magnificent. Thank you to all the participants, I can see how much work goes into creating such a magnificent show. This is a stage where many performances go on through out the day. It can be found at the main entrance after you walk under the Eiffel Tower
Mr and Mrs Donald L Felley enjoy one of their many flower show galas together.
I love the many people who come to the show. Here’s a women taking notes about the varieties of dafodils entered in a contest for individuals, in the background is Claire Thom and Jane Santogrossi smelling the essence of the flowers. The women say that they are huge admirer’s of Mrs. Samual M.V. Hamilton as she had some of the most beautiful flowers that won many ribbons.
Richard and Kelly Wolfington
Flowers
The Green Carpet was chock full of notable people and some of Philadelphia’s best photographers including Olivia Jamilah Manning and Rick Fitchett. This year they did something different by hiring 4 photographers to capture every guest who attended and will then send them a thank you card including the photo.
I love the table settings. There weren’t as many this year, which actually was nice.
Cecily Tynan and Adam Joseph prepare for their FYI TV Show
Earlier I found their script. Ever minute is written out as to not make a mistake and to get the timing down for the hour long show.
Barbara Christ, Senior Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences & Professor of Plant Pathology at Penn State and Elwyn Stewart. Elwyn tells me the car in the background is the NSU Prinz is an automobile produced in West Germany by the NSU Motorenwerke AG. The car was built from 1957 to 1973Talking about shows, QVC will be broadcasting from the Flower Show Wednesday. QVC hosts Carolyn Gracie, Pat Dementri and Antonella Nester check out the shopping at the Horticultural shop on site.

Felicia D’Ambrusio, Bailey Hale, Thomas McCurdy, and Michael Persica. Bailey and Michael make up Moda Botanica which created the 10,000 rose display below.
The Moda Botanica exhibit: Looking through Rose Colored GlassesLiz Van Leer and Derek Freres
Monday night I returned to the Flower Show to attend one of the many events occurring there this week. Above are a few of the volunteers who are the front line in greeting the guests directing them to the various exhibits and locations.
When you think of a flowery person Donald Carter is right up there with Thom Cardwell.
THE GLBT night was sponsored by the new Phila Magazine G-Philly and Mark Segal’s Philadelphia Gay Newspaper (Happy 35th Anniversary). It was held in the grand ballroom and that is where I headed first. Kevin Rosen, Jeff Snyder, Ellen Thorn and Rich Mrosky get their wine on.
Perry Monastero, Hector Colon, Martin Jakubczak and Mark Tarasiewicz
Marie Kinback serves some Chambord Vodka to Lubu, Bill Sigmund and Brian Astrup.
Free, regularly scheduled special lectures and demonstrations on horticultural topics are held in rooms near to the show exhibition hall. Above Eric Schellazk, Robertson Flowers with Jenine and David Neff. We all watch for awhile as Eric created some amazing flower bouquets. You can find him in the back on the right of the show room. You will be amazed.
Hours Sundays, March 6 & 13: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 7-11: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12: 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Click here to purchase ticketsChloé Smith and Kimberly Winarski. Chloe loves Paris, and when I told her about the upcoming Pennsylvania International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) with it’s 145 different artistic events, she said she would be there.

Be sure to shop at the Marketplace — featuring more than 130 vendors — for the perfect tool, book, plant or other garden gift. All the photos I took over the past two days at the show can be found HERE for purchase. Sorry if I couldn’t find a place for your picture in this entry. Hope to capture you next time.Mike Toub and Tim Young in front of the Eiffel Tower. Embrace the Eiffel Tower as you will be seeing many more Parisian inspired sites over the next two months as the City and Kimmel Center kick of the once in a lifetime Pennsylvania International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) (PIFA) For three weeks, from April 7 through May 1, 2011, the festival will feature an array of one-time, only-in-Philadelphia productions by some of the region’s top talents — many of whom will partner with or present international performers. PIFA will focus on collaboration, innovation and creativity among Philadelphia arts organizations, producing music, dance, fashion, fine arts, poetry, cuisine and more — all generously flavored with the essence of Paris, circa 1910-1920. All of it was inspired by the Kimmel Center. Follow PIFA at http://www.twitter.com/PIFAPhillyand like them at http://www.facebook.com/PIFA.Philly