Phila Flower Show Press Conference, Gene London, Liz Taylor, Dan Aykroyd and All The Fun To Come

If you been a reader of PhillyChitChat for the past 5 years, you know I love the Philadelphia Flower Show. Even before I was PCC, I visited the flower show every year since it’s been at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, usually twice, the first trip would be to look at the displays, the 2nd time to shop, usually with my friend Greta Greenberger who has the green thumb in our friendship.

Since I started PCC, I am so thrilled to get to go to the PHS several times a week, hear about fun behind the scenes tidbits, and I get to share it with you. Last week the PHS had their annual press preview at the Ritz East movie theater where they detailed what’s to expect at the upcoming Flower Show, which starts February 28 through March 8. The Flower Show these days still has awesome demonstrations, exhibits and talks, but these days they have themed nights like the LGBT Party Early Morning Tours; Early Morning Photography Tour;  PM Wedding Wednesday and Girls Night Out.

At these press conferences all the key people from the organization are
present to present to the press what the public can expect to find at
the Flower Show. Then afterwards they are available for one on one
interviews. It’s very convenient to all sides.

 In the past the PHS Flower Show has had themed shows based on cities in the world, various flowers and even the state of Hawaii and their environs. This year the Flower Show’s theme is one close to my heart, “Celebrate The Movies.”

 The Flower Show is going to have a Pop-Up Beer Garden during the flower show, where they will have music, movies, food and
libations, including the new PHS Horticulture Cider made by Wyndridge
Farm Cidery. It is said that the idea for PHS was discuss the first time at a meeting where apple cider was served. Times have changed, this cider has alcohol in it.
 Devinne Melecki, Robin Dellavecchia, Jessica Wong, Christina Hendrick, Sally Gendler and Michelle Den

The 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street from February 28-March 8; Save money and purchase advance tickets online tickets before February 28 and save $5, $27/adults;
$20/students; $15/children; Tickets at the box office are $32/adults;
$22/students; $17/children; Free for children under 2
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Ron Mulray and Dan Vaughn, American International Floral Designer
created a flower arrangement inspired by Cinderella which was on display
at the press preview.

The night before the Flower Show opens to the public, there’s a black tie 2015 PHS Flower Show Preview Party that raises money for the horticultural center. Singer, songwriter and Yamaha jazz piano artist,  Tony DeSare will perform during the evening on the main stage with members of the Philly Pops.   The black-tie event will offer you a first look at the landscapes and designs of award-winning floral and landscape designers from around the world.

After the preview party, the PHS has an after party at 10PM at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th
& Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA, and continues until 1:00 AM.
Guests will enjoy signature cocktails, a cash bar, movie inspired
hors-d-oeuvres like “crabby snacks” from Silver Linings Playbook, a
photo booth with Hollywood inspired props and bumpin’ beats by DJ
Montone & DJ Weiss
from DoubleDown Entertainment! Tickets are $75 per person and going fast! Click here to purchase tickets. Cash bar. Cocktail attire.


This year the PHS has partnered with Disney films and the Flower Show
exhibitors will take inspiration from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies
like Cinderella, Frozen, Winnie The Pooh, Sleeping Beauty, the Lion King

 Gene London was at the press conference and will be on hand at the preview party on 2/27/15 with several of his celebrity star fashions that he’s collected over the year. The dresses
will also be on display at the flower show during the week. (This is what 82 looks like – wow!!) This is Elizabeth Taylor’s dress. It was created especially for her by Halston and she wore it to the 1976 Academy Awards. The dress was one of Taylor’s most talked-about dresses:
a draped, gown in a color he dubbing “Elizabeth Taylor Red.” Originally strapless, at the last minute they had to add the straps because of Liz voluptuous assets.

David Maialetti (staff photographer at Philadelphia Inquirer. I’m a huge fan of his work.) with Mimi Imfurst, as Liza Minnelli

  Brian Workman and Chris Coulter, LeafFilter Gutter Protection (One of the sponsors for PHS Flower Show.)

 Ratatouille (see the rat climbing out of the pot on the left)
Lisa Jefferson, Allied Integrated Marketing / Allied-THA (they are partnering with PHS for the flower show, as is the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and yours truly PhillyChitChat,) Gina Correa and Kyle Roth
 Drew Becher, 36th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce.
  Drew Becher addresses the guests and tells them about all the exciting details of this years Flower Show.


 Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, greets long time friend Gene London. He was the host of a long-running, Philadelphia local children’s show, Cartoon Corners (aka The Gene London Show), which ran on WCAU-TV Channel 10 from 1959 to 1977.
 Sam Lemheney, PHS Chief of Shows & Events, Gene London, Drew Becher,
President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Sharon Pinkenson,
Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Tom
Pennsylvania Market President, Bank of America, Tom Doll,
President, Subaru of America

 Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine, Jill Scarlett, Shops of Liberty , guest and Jade Barnes, Shops of Liberty. This year again a Pop-Up Garden will sprout up at the Shops of Liberty Place on February 14-March 8. Plus if YOU BUY A FLOWER SHOW TICKET BEFORE 2/9, you will be invited to the PHS Oscar Viewing Party which will be held at the Shops of Liberty Place on 2/22/15. They’ll be spirits, snacks and a large screen TV for you to enjoy the show.
SNL alumni, legendary comedian actor Dan Ackroyd will also be on hand to sign bottles of his Crystal Head vodka at the show on March 6