PHS Flower Show Window Contest Winners, Alex Holley & Mina Say What Plus I’ll tell you next year’s theme

The Flower Show has come and gone. It was amazing how much it offered for $30 plus a ticket. I went three times this year, still didn’t make it to the retail section to buy anything. This year again, the PHS asked me to be a judge of the Flower Show Blooming Windows. That’s where area retailers decorate their windows inspired by the theme of the flower show. This year’s theme was National Parks. I love participating in this. I love to see everyone’s creativity. Not all photos of the windows were posted online, but I uploaded all of the ones that were.

I also wanted to include a few photos from my tried with Alex Holley and Mina Say What to the show last week. So I just combined them.

Alex Holley, Fox29, Mina Say What, Power 99 and I headed to the Flower Show last Wednesday. It was the first time the gals had visited, and they were shocked at how PACKED the place was in the middle of the day. We needed help navigating the show, and as luck would have it Alex found a National Park Ranger nearby.

 Who didn’t play the I spot so and so license plate while driving to a National Park.
Most Cultural:
Matus Windows and Design Gallery
Runner Up: Stars and Stripes LTD

Alex found a friend

The tombstones in the “cemetery” were made up of national park monuments.

 Best Use of Natural Elements:
Flowers & Co. – I was impressed by how they used the poster as the halter top
Runner Up: Plow & Hearth

Most Creative:
Charles Santore Library – the kids made this display, that weighed heavily in the voting for us
Runner Up: Night Kitchen Bakery and Cafe

 Most Adventurous:
Bredenebeck’s Bakery
Runner Up: Joan Shepp
 I know what these windows look like normally, so they were winners.
 Crowd Favorite:
Holiday Inn Express – Midtown
The girls got tuckered out after about 20 minutes
Runner Up: Adolf Biecker – Did you know the Edgar Allen Poe house is party of the National Park system. I really wanted this to win, but I think it scared the other two judges.

You can’t see this whole window, but it was colorful and classy
Most Monumental:
Grand Champion:
Hub Properties, Centre Square 

Best Representation of National Park:
Steel Pony
Runner Up:
Momo’s Tree House
Most Historic:
Profile Fine Art Printmaking Studio
Runner Up: Ten Thousand Villages – Chestnut Hill
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual fund-raiser drew its largest crowd in years, officials said Monday.  
Featuring an “Explore America” theme, a nod to the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the show attracted an estimated 255,000 visitors.  
Next year the Flower Show Theme will be Holland, so they’ll be lots of colorful flowers and TULIPS