Thursday, March 18, 2010

Philadelphia: Flower Show Extravaganza!

It’s been almost 2 weeks since Eric and I went to THE Philadelphia International Flower Show. I had been hearing about the Philly flower show for years-ever since I became a Master Gardener five years ago. There was always a MG trek to Philadelphia in the Spring to see the Flower Show but I never went. Not sure why-but I was definitely missing out. It was crazy!

Some of the highlights for me included:

The Ikebana demonstration from two cool women from Ikebana International rocked my world. I didn’t know much about the Japanese art of flower arranging before this demonstration. It was fascinating. The basis of it is to connect people back to nature (which I LOVED). There were all sorts of rules about lines and color and scale, which fascinated me (since we follow few if any rules when arranging).  While they were arranging, the women explained perspective in such an easy to understand way (YES-they can arrange  AND speak to 200 people at the same time, unlike me).


Flower Peddler: We’re hoping to do a wedding for a couple this Fall that are going to leave their wedding ceremony on a bicycle built for two…that they want decorated with flowers. I thought that this was great inspiration.


Dinner Table in a Sea Container: One of the greatest displays we saw was this crazy dinner party setting INSIDE a sea container! I loved this this because it was a fabulous example of reusing something that is industrial (it felt very Baltimore)-that you would never imagine as the location of a beautiful dinner party. What was really interesting to me was that at some point we considered making a LoCoFlo workshop in my yard in a sea container…seeing it this way…it was SO SMALL! Who knows what we were thinking!


We also got to visit one of our growers Dave Dowling of Farmhouse Flowers. He was selling bulbs and tubers from some of his most popular cut flowers. We only got to talk to him for a minute though because he had SO MANY customers! Go Dave!

There was so much MORE! I wish we could have stayed longer. I guess there’s always next year!

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