Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Philadelphia Flower Show



“Jazz It Up”
March 2 to 9, 2008

Some of it was glitz and glitter, some of it was informational and inspiring, all of it was loaded with fun and a spirit of New Orleans. (Pictures: Above French Quarter “Jazz It Up” main theme. Carnation saxophone - Fairmount Parks Commission “A Splash of Jazz.”)

Walter B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in partnership with Philadelphia International Airport presented “Under the Tarmac”. The informational, well-documented exhibit included habitats, animal facts and environmental issues of the wetlands ecosystem surrounding the airport.

“Children Jazz It Up” by Camden City Garden Club highlighted primary colors in the musical instruments, gazebo and exercise equipment. A vegetable garden promoted a healthy diet. Information was available for the Camden Children’s Garden http://www.camdenchildrensgarden.org/ According to the brochure, “The Garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play.” It sounds like a fun place to visit.

Winner of the People’s Choice Award (and more) Waldor Orchids of Linwood NJ produced realistic view called “Down On The Bayou”. Waldor’s brochure says it best.

“As the morning mist rises over the Louisiana bayou, a young lad fishes for catfish from the porch of an old fishing shanty. Spanish moss dangles from the branches of the Bald Cypress trees which are laden with colorful orchids and tillandsias. Beware of the alligator lurking nearby in the swamp. It’s just another day in bayou country.”

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The setting made me catch my breath. It was a storybook interpretation of the bayou. Orchids on trees were icing on the cake.

Almost without fail, all exhibits noted plant genus and species. It was good to see many environmentally conscious displays from the Philadelphia Water Department’s “Jazz Up Your Roof” to Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades “Springtime in the Wetlands”.

“The Second Line” brass band snaking its way among the lush exhibits made it truly a N’awlins experience.


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