Saturday, March 13, 2010

Philadelphia Flower Show

Despite my camera/photographer problems at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, I have a few more photos to share.

Educational Exhibits

Temple University “METROmorphosis – Transforming the Urban World” Best in Show winner in the Academic Educational category - “. . . well crafted examples of a variety of sustainable approaches to garden design within an urban setting.” A metro-meadow, rain garden, courtyard walls that serve as an aqueduct to a rain barrel, a beehive, an edible wall garden (left), worm farms and more high-lighted a display full of sustainable ideas.

Camden City Garden Club and Camden Children’s Garden presented a “Soup and Salad Garden”, a fresh approach with a touch of whimsy. The display “. . . addressed food security and sustainability—a relevant, pressing matter in low-income urban communities.”

“Horticulture Therapy Around the World” by Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network made me think of Kathy at ”Weeds and Wildflowers” blog.

A quote from the American Horticultural Therapy Association website:
“Rehabilitative care of hospitalized war veterans in the 1940’s and 1950’s greatly expanded the practice of Horticultural Therapy.”

Some techniques included in the display:
· Constructing wide, gently graded wheelchair accessible entrances and paths.
· Using raised beds and containers (Inverted Stairs Vertical Garden pictured at right.)
· Adapting tools to turn a disability into an ability
· Creating sensory-stimulation environments with plants selected for fragrance texture and color
· Using accessible greenhouses that bring the garden indoors for year-round enjoyment

W.B. Saul High School of Agriculture “Thru Her Gates” created an outstanding 20 foot replica of the Statue of Liberty. The statue was surrounded by well-marked plants from the continents around the world including Mondo Grasses from Japan and Hens & Chicks from Africa and lavender from the Mediterranean. You can see a better picture on March 4 entry of the Flower Show Blog.

Design Exhibit

One of my favorites “Polar Fantasy” from Shafer Designs created a stark, white on white, icy display. Watch the Video from March 3 entry on the Flower Show Blog and feel the chill.

Horticulture Exhibits

Stunning horticulture displays included Mrs. “Dodo” Hamilton’s Clivia miniata.

and this unusual fern.

I can’t wait ‘till next year.


Lushe said...

I love the wall panels. Very cool.


Dreamybee said...

That fern is crazy-I love it!

Marie said...

I'm sorry I didn't get the name of the fern. It is really cool looking.

donna said...

I saw ferns like that growing outside when we were in San Diego back in December. Once you see them, you never forget them.

I also read Kathy at Weeds and Wildflowers and so appreciate her work with Veterans.

Your mention of the Soup and Salad Garden reminds me that I had plans for this evening to attend a program called "Urban Gardening" put on by a special education teacher whose students have created a 1000 square foot native landscape on school property. But...I have a bad cold and will have to miss it.


Marie said...

Hi Donna,
I wish I knew the name of that fern. I would like to try it as a house plant. If it comes back to the show next year, I'll be sure to write the name down.

Kathy at Weeds and Wildflowers is amazing, isn't she.

I hope you're feeling better. Too bad you have to miss that program. A native landscape sounds like a great project for a school. I'm going to mention it to some of my friend who work with schools.