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Philadelphia Flower Show: Celebrating 175 Years

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The Philadelphia Flower Show is a visual celebration of the world's most spectacular indoor flower show. Organized by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the event is staged each year in early March and attracts some 300,000 visitors to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Covering more than ten indoor acres, the event features a breathtaking array of horticultural subjects. Included are elaborate flower-filled landscapes with blossoming trees, exquisite floral arrangements, ...

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Overview

The Philadelphia Flower Show is a visual celebration of the world's most spectacular indoor flower show. Organized by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the event is staged each year in early March and attracts some 300,000 visitors to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Covering more than ten indoor acres, the event features a breathtaking array of horticultural subjects. Included are elaborate flower-filled landscapes with blossoming trees, exquisite floral arrangements, impeccably groomed perennials, cacti and other succulents, orchids, topiary, bonsai, and much more. All proceeds of the Show are dedicated to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's education and urban beautification programs.

This beautiful book is a behind-the-scenes tour of the Show with interviews and profiles of exhibitors, organizers, and designers. Lavish full-color photographs of the prizewinning plants and large displays capture the proceedings in stunning detail. Also included is a brief history of the Show along with a passionate foreword by gardening guru Ken Druse that captures what makes the Show so compelling and popular year after year.

Wonderful stories, inspiring advice, and gorgeous photography combine to make The Philadelphia Flower Show the ultimate companion to the greatest plant and flower show on earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For nine days in early March, spring, summer and fall burst into simultaneous bloom at the Philadelphia Flower Show-the world's largest. Professionals and amateur enthusiasts, garden clubs, nurseries, landscapers and institutions contribute to this 10-acre horticultural celebration, many returning year after year. Now Levine (contributing editor to Garden Design) and Rogers (American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants) guide readers through the pages of this beautifully designed, insightfully written and stunningly photographed backstage tour. In sections organized along the lines of the show itself readers discover what it's like to participate, learn how exhibitors achieve their magic and see the results of their efforts. A winning entry in one of the Horticulture Classes might have been pampered in a greenhouse by an estate manager and his staff; grown in a kitchen window by an orchid hobbyist who says "I just play around"; or named "Joe" and driven to Maine on family vacations. Readers learn how clubs collaborate and individual artists create and see examples of their striking flower arrangements, detailed miniature scenes and fine pressed plant artwork. Major Exhibits feature thousands of plants forced into synchronized bloom and set out in elaborate fantasy gardens complete with trees, ponds and buildings. Those who have been to the show will find their experience enriched and enhanced; those who have not will delight in having it brought so accurately to life. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060575137
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/25/2003
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Rogers has exhibited and won major awards at the Philadelphia Flower Show. A freelancer based in New Jersey, he edited The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening.

Adam Levine is a freelance writer and two time winner of the Garden Writers Association Quill & Trowel Award. A contributing editor to Garden Design, his work has also appeared in Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Martha Stewart Living, and elsewhere. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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