Springtime in Paris Philadelphia Flower Show
Springtime at its Best
One of my dreams has been to go to the City of Brotherly Love - Philadelphia. From March 6 thru March 11, I was in Philly to enjoy the annual flower show. This year's theme: Springtime in Paris. It was everything I could Imagine. The colors were brilliant. There was no end to the arrangements that were created.
The annual flower show has a tremendous impact on the city's economical status. It generates $61 million economic impact; the equivalent of 637 full-time jobs; $8 million in city, state and federal tax revenue; and 25,000 hotel room nights.
The 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show benefits Philadelphia Historical Society (has over 17,000 members throughout the country)
offers hundreds of educational programs year-round, and is considered the nation's leading authority on transforming communities through greening; and is presented by PNC a Financial Services Group, Inc., one of the nation's largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking.
Looking Through Rose Colored Glasses
For your garden/patio
One of the displays had 'ground painting'. It reminded me of some chalk artist's work. It would look very striking in a garden setting.
The Philadelphia International Flower Show, March 6 to March 13. Though the flower show is not quite as old as the city Philadelphia, it celebrates 182 years. This year theme - Springtime in Paris. Entering the Convention Center, you are greeted by a 30 foot replica of the Eiffel Tower, 985 feet high rugged tracery of iron work. Built in 1887 and designed by Gustave Eiffel, the tower is a fine example of Victorian Structural Expressionist.
There are over 600 divisions ranging from small displays, miniature settings to pressed plants. This years program features a commercial section that includes an area where you can purchased various plants, accessories, porcelain as well as several gardening lectures. The Marketplace has over 150 vendors represented.
Rooms, gardens, patios, kitchen
The flower show included miniature shadow boxes. For display purposes they were set back into the walls. Some consisted of one room displays, such as a patio or garden scene. Several others had several rooms as if you were looking into a dollhouse. The requirement for its entry was that it had to include flowers and/or plants and they had to be living. Many of the rooms had working lights, running fountains in the patios. They were absolutely adorable!
The Beauty of Flowers
SPRINGTIME IN PARIS
Philadelphia the center of many events and achievements that marked the birth of the nation.
One Of My Favorites
This beautiful horse is part of a carousel display.
Pic: Reading Terminal Market where I had my Philly Steak Cheese
The cuisine of Philadelphia was shaped largely by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's mixture of ethnicities, available foodstuffs and history. Certain foods have become iconic to the city. Invented in Philadelphia in the 1930s, the cheesesteak is the most well known icon of the city, and soft pretzels have become a part of Philadelphia culture. During the 18th century city taverns were major meeting places for politicians and businessmen, while the 19th century saw the creation of two Philadelphia landmarks, the Reading Terminal Market and Italian Market. After a dismal restaurant scene during the post-war era of the 20th century, the 1970s brough a restaurant renaissance that has continued into the 21st century.
Philadelphia's large immigrant population has contributed to a large mixture of tastes to mingle and develop. Many types of foods have been created in or near Philadelphia or have strong associations with the city. Philadelphia's most iconic food is the cheesesteak. The cheesesteak is a sandwich traditionally made with sliced beef and melted cheese on an Italian roll. In the 1930s, the phenomenon as a steak sandwich began when hot dog vendor brothers Pat Olivieri and Harry Olivieri put grilled beef on a hot dog bun and gave it to a taxi driver.[dubious - discuss] Later, after Pat and Harry had started selling the sandwich on Italian rolls, the cheesesteak was affixed in the local culture when one of their cooks put melted cheese on the sandwich.
Credit - Wikipedia - continue on: Philly Food
It's A Bug's Life
This is one bug I would not mind having in my garden!
Do You Have A Green Thumb? - Need Help?
Horticulture was represented at the flower show. The American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) had several displays, especially a large greenhouse. Established in 1973, the AHTA has helped horticultural therapy gain acceptance as a unique and dynamic human service program.
Horticultural therapists are trained members of rehabilitation teams (with doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and others) who involve an individual in all phases of gardening-from propagations to selling products-as a means of bringing about improvement of their life.
Oh The Gardens!
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What's your springtime desire?
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Penn
Celebrating the flower show; contributing to the flower show
Encompassing more than 1,077 acres, Longwood Gardens was founded by Pierre S. du Pont. In 1906, Pierre purchased the property saving trees that were scheduled to be cut for lumber. He saw a vision of gardens and conservatory and it is that and more. It has a beautiful information center, gift shop and restaurant. There are performing arts conducted throughout the year; student recitals; Jazz Club; and Tours. Just to name a few of the Conservatory displays: Bonsai display; Waterlily display; Children's garden; Music room; Ballroom, as well as an Organ Museum. Longwood Gardens - Click Here
At The Longwood Conservatory - Blue Orchid
The Tower Was Created Inside The Flower Show
Oh The Beautiful Garden Displays!
I would love to hear of your experiences regarding a flower show. Whether local or maybe even the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, please stop by and share your experiences.