This is Kevin Kelly, and I thought I would share some photos from my trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show in mid-June. This show is the nation’s largest, and the world’s longest-running horticultural event, having begun in 1829.
Over the years the show has been held indoors in early March, but the pandemic has forced it to be outdoors the last two years. This year, temperatures rose into the mid-90s, which caused its own set of challenges. The show plans to return to its indoor setting and March dates for 2023.
These large containers stood about 12 feet tall and flanked the large stone gazebo at FDR Park, where the show was held.
These beautiful floral spheres were hung from colorful arches along the entrance.
I thought this was a fascinating way to display an entrance garden.
Hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) are massed behind a gate.
This beautiful display shows the value of water. Purple calibrachoa (Calibrachoa hybrids, Zones 9–11 or as annuals) edge the water feature, with masses of yellow coreopsis (Coreopsis hybrid, Zones 4–9) in the bed behind.
Nice statue with fresh strawberries
In this entry in one of the competitive classes, the emphasis here is on a fence transformed into colorful mosaics made with items that would usually end up in the trash, such as plastic container lids.
This old desk won’t hold up long term, as moisture will destroy the wood, but it makes a very cool display.
Coreopsis and catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8) make a cloud of blue and gold flowers through which rise the bold stems and leaves of large coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima, Zones 4–9).
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This is wonderful. I love that it was outdoors! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for posting the photos of the Show, Kevin! It's always an impressive event! When it is held in March, I can do, so I've missed going. I especially enjoyed the photo of the entrance garden. The water features are always amazing as well. Thank you for the glimpse of what was missed.
I have gone to the show every March for the past 30 years. Last years outdoor show was the first one I missed. While I went this year, I am very excited to have it move back to March.
Thanks for sharing I had no idea this show existed!
It is a great show, especially in March (held the first full week), when we are all longing for spring.
Hi, Kevin - I especially like the photo/composition of the calibrachoa and the pool and wooden structures. The coreopsis and catmint design reminds me of https://www.finegardening.com/article/matrix-planting - the mosaic fence reminded me of my found red plastic collection I used to have. That would have been a good use.
Thanks for sharing.
Love it, Kevin. Thanks for sharing.
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