I welcomed flower show season with more enthusiasm than ever this year as my garden was under a blanket of snow and no signs of spring. How I needed the sight of daffodils and the scent of hyacinths. We spent time at the Philadelphia Flower Show, then we visited the Lehigh Valley Flower and Garden Show. I was not disappointed -- spring was there in abundance at both events. The Philadelphia Flower Show, the nation's largest and longest running, had a 1960's vibe with the theme of "Flower Power." As we walked into the show we were greeted by towering vine sculptures covered with flowers, plants, and stylized butterflies. Over it all, a hanging meadow comprised of colorful wildflowers was suspended from above. Nearly 8,000 flowers of more than 85 varieties adorned the entrance garden. The theme was the most fun I've experienced at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Periodically, the lights would dim, colorful strobe lights would swirl around, and sixties music would blare out. Visitors began to dance and sing along with icons like Donovan and his signature Mellow Yellow.
|One of several Pop-Art inspired sculptures adorned with, and surrounded by, beautiful blooms.|
|There were beautiful floral creations around the base of each sculpture. Some were planted in color blocks like these lovely white blooms.|
|I noticed the Pop Art influence with the Ben-Day dots behind these stunning peonies. I love the clematis too.|
|The entrance displays incorporated an abundant variety of flowers. The alliums made me long for mine to be in bloom.|
|Left: Flowers atop columns and Ben-Day dotted 'leaves'. Right: Stylized butterfly in the floating meadow.|
A favorite display was the tribute to Woodstock; this year is its 50th anniversary. Those visitor who were around at the time of Woodstock remembered the mud; the designers of the display incorporated a path of mud through the center. Original photos of the event were displayed on the back of a barn.
|A tribute to Woodstock. Note the mud in the top left picture.|
Around the entrance garden were pods -- small stages -- where competitors for the FTD World Cup 2019 created their displays. It was a thrill to witness one of the world's most prestigious floral design competitions. Floral designers representing over 20 countries worked on their creations in full view of the Show attendees. Here are just three of them:
|Left: Germany's display. Top right: Hungary. Bottom right: USA|
There was much more to see. My favorite water feature was in a display by Stoney Bank Nurseries. I loved their theme of 'Unplug and Play.' They suggested we 'unplug from the world wide web and connect with the great wide world.'
|Unplug and Play -- such a beautiful garden to play in.|
My second favorite water feature was by Delaware Valley Water Garden Society:
|The title of this feature was 'A Feast For Your Senses.'|
A few more highlights for me ...
|Love that purple pitcher plant. Native plants were well represented in the Show.|
Daffodils and tulips gave me my 'Spring Fix,'
|Teapots on a balcony|
Two of my teapots at home ...
|Grape hyacinth (Muscari 'Blue Magic') and Daffodil (Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete').|
I purchased the grape hyacinth and the daffodil at the Lehigh Valley Flower and Garden Show.
|Catkins and Witch Hazel provided more tastes of spring at the LV Flower Show|
|Snowdrops for sale at the Show|
The Lehigh Valley Show is small but quite special. My favorite part this year was the 'She Shed' display. A local dealer donated a variety of sheds of all sizes; designers were invited to decorate them. There was a sewing room and a room with a bird theme. Some were furnished quite luxuriously.
|I would have loved any one of the 'she sheds' in my garden.|
I've shown you just a small portion of all we saw at the two events. They were welcome breaks from this nasty winter. Did you attend a flower show yet this year?
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