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      Text and photographs are © by Ellen Spector Platt & Ellen Zachos, all rights reserved.


      Showing posts with label flower show. Show all posts
      Showing posts with label flower show. Show all posts

      Thursday, March 7, 2013

      THE PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW:STILL TIME

       "Brilliant" is the theme, and brilliant is the execution at the Philadelphia Flower Show on until Sunday 3/10 til 6:pm. All things British are celebrated, particularly the gardens.

      Lots of glitz and glamour,
      not exactly my style, but for simpler folk there's always the Philly Water Department who brings visitors back to earth with their not-so-British all-sunflower exhibit, The Power of Poop, extolling the virtues of recovering waste water for alternative energy.
      My favorite garden entry (above) is by Raymond Evison Clematis, a well-known breeder from the UK, showing selections for multi-blooming vines which flower throughout the summer. The display is medium sized, modest in scope, calming yet amazing. Evison forced me to add  clematis to my mental list for purchase this spring, and I'll certainly go to his site to see where I can buy them here.
      www.raymondevisonclematis.com.
      Before I leave the show I must pay homage to Roberston's Flowers of Chestnut Hill, designers near and dear to my heart for sending me brilliant flower bouquets (as pre-ordered by Ben) every two months during that awful year when he served in Vietnam.(Robertson's display, below)
      After wandering the floor, when you're ready to sit, check out one of the free lectures at the show. As luck would have it, on the day I went Ellen Zachos fit right in with the Flower Show theme by giving a brilliant lecture on the topic of her new book,"Backyard Foraging". She signed many books after her talk, but were people really after the book or those yummy cookies with foraged ingredients that she offered with each purchase?
      To learn more about what's on at the show for the last few days visit the Pennsylvania Hort. site.









      Sunday, January 13, 2013

      SEE US NOW

      Ellen Spector Platt & Ellen Zachos are traveling to promote our books. We would LOVE to see you at our various events and have you introduce yourself as a blog reader.
      Coming soon to a town near you (if you live near Boston):
      Ellen Spector Platt, Feb.9, 2pm at the Andover bookstore, Andover MA, a free collage lesson and demo to promote her book, Artful Collage from Found Objects. To learn more...
      (pictured above, 'The 7 Train', photo collage from the 5Pointz area of Queens)

      DON'T MISS THE PHILLY FLOWER SHOW
      where we'll both be speaking. Photos above and below from recent shows.
      For Ellen Zachos on March 5th it's Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat.

      For Ellen Spector Platt on March 6th it's Adventures in Garden Collage.
      See us both if you stay over one night, listen to other speakers, see the show in all it's glory, and if you're feet aren't totally shot, visit the new Barnes Foundation Museum within easy walking distance of the flower show.
      To learn more about the show visit....


      Wednesday, March 14, 2012

      ALOHA AND ALL THAT

      The theme of the Philadelphia International Flower Show which took place last week was Hawaii:Islands of Aloha. I expected a plethora of orchid plants and cut tropicals, and although Robertson's Florist* of Chestnut Hill is one of my all time favorite florists (see part of their award-winning display above) I soon became dissatisfied and grumpy. Even at 3:30 pm, usually a slower time at the show, I couldn't get anywhere near the major exhibits without using my super sharp elbows and climbing over strollers. It's a little hard to stay grumpy however when you're faced with the creativity of folks like Patti Kelly of The Gardeners of Rose Valley. The judges awarded her a blue ribbon for "A superior interpretation of a royal headdress using all fresh plant material".
      Below, the plant material is less important than the stunning cupboard which I NEED to sort my ever-expanding collage supplies. The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators not only put on their own display, they gave lessons to anyone willing to try. For many years the plants entered by Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton and her greenhouse gardeners have enchanted visitors to this show. This Nopalxochia phyllanthoides 'Deutsche Kaiserin' (cactus family) stopped traffic. Walking and gawking has made me tired and thirsty. I Think I'll drop in here.
      *When my husband was drafted and sent to the Viet Nam war leaving me with 3 small children and a job in Philadelphia, he arranged with Robertson's Florist to send me a small fresh flower arrangement every two months while he was away. Roberstson's sent me fabulous designs, totally true to their commission and I'll always be grateful to them and him for thinking of it.


      Friday, February 24, 2012

      THE FLOWER SHOW

      In Philadelphia if it's the first week of March, get ye to the Convention Center. The latest trends in garden design, like green roofs and vertical gardens.
      Ideas for planting an herb garden in a window box. (all photos from previous shows;I won't be in Philly for another week yet.)

      My gardening year has revolved around the Philadelphia Flower Show since I was 5. First as an awed child being taken to the old Civic Center; then as a young adult desperate for the first breath of spring, as a Mother with children in tow begging for a plant or seeds, still later as farmer with a booth in the Market Place hoping to sell my crop of dried flowers and herbs and my own books, many times as a speaker or book promoter.
      Admire prize-winning specimen plants like the lemon scented geranium, Pelargonium 'Prince Rupert'
      Lounge on a chair if you're tired.
      Hundreds of thousands of people go home with bunches of fresh pussy willow, the favorite crop of the Market Place.

      The Flower Show is an inspiration, a place to learn from fabulous speakers, listen to live music, disagree with the judges, taste food at the Reading Terminal Market.
      The end of the show means spring is officially come; it's a calendar marker for me to plant seeds. My sweet peas will go in the soil the day after I come home from the show, and I'll plant zinnia seeds in a tray on the window sill during the week after that.

      The show runs from Sunday March 4 through Sunday March 11. For times, speakers and a schedule of special events go to the Penna. Hort. Society site.
      Look for a 15% discount on Amtrak, the best way to get to the Convention Center.
      The time when it's least crowded: after three p.m. any weekday.

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