Philadelphia Flower Show 2017

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The 188th Philadelphia Flower Show opens to the public today and runs to March 19th.  This year’s theme is “Holland: Flowering the World”, celebrating the beauty of the Dutch landscape, the beloved Dutch contributions to the botanical world and highlights the country’s technological advances in green energy, starting with windmills. The show is spectacular.  Set on 10 indoor acres, it is the largest indoor flower show in the world.  Proceeds from the show support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society urban tree planting programs and City Harvest which grows and supplies food to the underprivileged.

Starting with a rainbow of more than 30 thousand tulips and other bulbs running in carpets, the entrance display recreates the iconic bridges and winding canals of Amsterdam and Delft.  Some bridges are covered in Delft tile with lighting changing from day to night.  Throughout the week of the show every bulb will be replaced with fresh ones, ensuring that no matter when you come, the show will be at prime viewing enjoyment.

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Forcing Spring Indoors

As this winter continues to outlive its welcome, I need some sign that spring is coming!    It’s time to wake up my winter-weary home and bring some flowering happiness indoors. Inspired by two birthday outings last week to the orchid extravaganza at Longwood Gardens and to the Philadelphia Flower Show that did my soul a world of good, I created a spring tableau at home.

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(Orchids at Longwood Gardens.  Photo courtesy of my talented friend Pam) Continue reading