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Philadelphia Flower Show

See how Kevin Kelly spent his "unofficial" first day of spring!

"Last week was my “unofficial” 1st day of spring, as I spent the day at the Philadelphia Flower Show. The theme this year was Explore America, a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. The Show dates back to 1829 and annually draws over 250,000 visitors in an 8 day run. Visiting the show each year gets me through the last of the “winter blues” here in the Northeast. I have included a variety of pictures to give everyone a taste of what I saw."

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This landscape is a miniature, contained in box in a wall 24 inches wide, 18 inches tall and deep.

Liberty Bell

Depicting regrowth after the fire in Yellowstone

Depicting ruins from the Valley Forge Encampment

Interpretation of an Ansel Adams Photograph (mounted behind the floral structure)

Competition class involving balconies

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  1. Jay_Sifford 03/17/2016

    Kevin, thanks for sharing. I'm always involved at our home and garden show here in Charlotte which runs the same time as the Philly show, but one day, I want to make it up to see it.

  2. wGardens 03/17/2016

    I was hoping that you would post some Philly photos, Kevin. Thanks! I enjoyed the show very much but... traveling through a bus trip, I didn't have enough time to see it all! It is indeed, amazing to see the wonderful landscapes that are created... and the enormous amount - and variety- of plant material that is forced out to bloom/leaf for the show. Awesome!

    1. user-7007498 03/18/2016

      I am glad you enjoyed it. I heard some people didn't like the theme, since it included a lot of native plantings, and less "color". I had a lot of fun. I take the train from Harrisburg. It gives me a number of options about when I have to leave (I am usually there from 10AM until about 6pm).

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 03/17/2016

    Thanks Kevin. Looks like a lot of refreshing fun. I really need some hollow tree sections. Don't know what I would do with them, but the possibilities seem endless!

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    meander_michaele 03/17/2016

    Lots of wonderful gardening ideas to tickle the imagination or just appreciate as living art.

  5. Quiltingmamma 03/17/2016

    I don't get to many garden shows, so these photos always fill me with amazement of the creativity of people. Some of these are stunning, and I have to say I am taken by the overall rather than the plant details themselves....well, except that first one. How they manage to get (what looks like) fresh pampas grasses amazes me. It's an attention grabber. Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-7007977 03/17/2016

      Hi - I could not tear myself away from that sculpture either! But it isn't flowers from a grass which you are seeing - they are fern fronds which have been painted in pastel shades.

      1. Quiltingmamma 03/17/2016

        Thanks Mary. It was hard to tell. It all looked like astibille blooms, but I could also tell they had been painted. So fronds. Thanks. (glad you realized I meant photo 2). quite dramatic.

  6. user-4691082 03/17/2016

    It was great to see how clever some of the exhibitions were. My sisters garden club( the spade and trowel club) of Kennett Square won the blue ribbon in the balcony class for their interpretation of a whaling town. It is a national park and was the one with the gorgeous telescope. My favorite was the pressed flower pictures... Unbelievable! It's 60 degrees here today and we're expecting 3-5 inches of snow on Palm Sunday! Such is spring! Thanks for the beautiful photos!

    1. user-7007498 03/18/2016

      Awesome to hear about your sister's club. The weather is crazy. Snow this weekend, but back to 65 by Wednesday.

  7. annek 03/17/2016

    Lovely, imaginative, jaw dropping, and spiritual. You've captured it all.

  8. VikkiVA 03/17/2016

    Wow, wow, wow...thank you so much for the visit to the flower show! Vikki in VA

  9. sheila_schultz 03/17/2016

    Thanks Kevin, I've heard the Philly show is supposed to be one of the best, so it's nice to see photos! Did you make it to any of the seminars?

    1. user-7007498 03/18/2016

      I attended 2. Once upon a time, they had guest speakers who gave very in depth talks. They were awesome for garden enthusiasts and were always well attended (one of my favorites was hearing Dan Hinckley speak). They have gotten rid of these for informal basic "How-to" presentations. Still nice to sit for a bit and listen, but more oriented toward beginner gardeners.

      The show itself is awesome. I have gone yearly for the past 25 years.

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        LindaonWhidbey 03/18/2016

        We just heard Dan Hinckley speak at our local Whidbey Island Garden Workshop put on by the Master Gardeners of Island County. Isn't he a great speaker? Since we live rather close to his original garden of Heronswood and his current garden, Windcliff, we'll probably go listen to him a few more times this spring and summer. And believe me, we feel privileged to be able to do that.

        1. user-7007498 03/18/2016

          I am so jealous because he is a great speaker. I have actually heard him twice, but the last time was about 6 years ago. I would kill to see his gardens.

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            LindaonWhidbey 03/18/2016

            What's interesting is that Heronswood totally became overgrown after he sold it but has recently been adopted by a local Native American tribe and the Master Gardeners in that area and he is back on their board of directors so it is getting back to it's original beauty. Now he has started to open up his current garden, Windcliff, on the summer weekends so we're hoping to go see it soon. It's pretty fun to get to know the guy who's picture is on the tag of many of our plants:)

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    LindaonWhidbey 03/17/2016

    Thanks, Kevin. We love going to Flower and Garden shows and this one looks like one we'll have to put on the must see list. The balcony competition intrigues me. Have they ever done rooftop gardens? Whenever we're in large cities we try to get hotel rooms on upper floors to be able to see all of the clever gardens that people create in the sky.

    1. user-7007498 03/18/2016

      They had a small display of a rooftop garden. Each year, they add or subtract some of the competition classes. This was the first year for the patio gardens.

  11. user-957100 03/17/2016

    i sure miss home ,

  12. terieLR 03/17/2016

    So happy to see these pictures Kevin. I was able to attend the show also and was pleasantly surprised to see a couple displays that you photographed, didn't find me. I think I was lost in the crowd a couple times. ;) It truly was a magnificent Show this year. Well worth the trip south for me. Thank you for the beautiful photos.

    1. user-7007498 03/18/2016

      It is easy to get lost. I usually spend about 8 hours there. I wander back and forth based on where the crowds aren't. Usually I find everything there is to see by the time I hit exhaustion.

      1. terieLR 03/19/2016

        One of my favorites. I loved the nature theme with a little less color. The creativity was over the top.

        1. user-7007498 03/19/2016

          Thanks for sharing this photo. I loved the interpretations of Ansel Adams. I think that was my favorite part of the show this year.

      2. perenniallycrazy 03/20/2016

        Sounds like the NWFGS show too.

  13. diane_lasauce 03/18/2016

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. perenniallycrazy 03/20/2016

    Interesting photos Kevin. Thanks for sharing these. Hope to get to see the show at least once during my lifetime.

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