Philadelphia Flower Show – Brilliant!

March 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

A few years ago my daughter Heather gave me the book ‘1000 Places to See Before You Die’.  What a wonderful gift it has been.  Every time I plan a trip or am going to be in an area I check my book to see if there’s something I need to see or do.  Well, after scheduling my pet sitting in Maryland, I got out my book and found that the Philadelphia Flower Show was scheduled while I was going to be there.  I spoke with Maddie & Zoeys mommy and she thoughtfully arranged for someone to come in for a day to watch over the girls while I was able to attend.

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The description of the flower show boasts  “The 2013 Flower Show glows with the majestic beauty and creative genius of Great Britain, and is inspired by centuries of British culture, culminating in the urbane design of modern-day London.  “Brilliant!” takes visitors from royal palaces to the dark and foggy streetscapes of Jack the Ripper.  The whimsy of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the coziness of a country cottage, and the refinement of a manicured cricket club will all come together for a whirlwind tour of the UK.”    The show definitely lived up to its promise!

Saying good-by to Zoey & Maddie

Saying good-by to Zoey & Maddie

After covering up Zoey & Maddie so they were nice and cozy while waiting for my relief pet sitter to arrive, I picked up Donna and we drove to the train station to head to Philadelphia.   We arrived at the flower show and were instantly impressed.  The displays were fantastic!

Entrance to show

Entrance to show

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A fabulous display of English roses and other flowers made up a beautiful interpretation of the royal palace gates.  Just beyond was a line of birch trees, leading to the show’s centerpiece: a sculptured, digitally enhanced version of Big Ben.

Donna in front of Big Ben

Donna in front of Big Ben

Just beyond we were immediately greeted by exhibits and displays made of beautiful plants and flowers.

A lion!

A lion!

A dress!

A dress!

The Philadelphia Flower show, held at the Philadelphia Convention Center is the oldest and most prestigious indoor flower show and has been held since 1829.  Donna and I walked and walked, oohing and aawing and clicking our cameras.

Standing in front of one of the beautiful waterfalls

Standing in front of one of the beautiful waterfalls

There were sixty major exhibits and another 2,500 amateur exhibits.  They all took our breath away!

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Proceeds from the show – usually more than $1 million – are poured back into the city’s community gardens and beautification projects.  At last count, more than 2,000 gardening projects enjoyed the Horticultural Society’s attention, and are integral to keeping Philadelphia the ”Greene Countrie Town” envisioned by its founder, William Penn.

Beautiful table scape

Beautiful table scape

Besides all of the exhibits, there were seminars, how-to demonstrations and many, many venders selling everything from yard art, hand-made soaps, potted plants, yard tools, and even bulbs from Holland.   Sooo many things to look at and possibly purchase!

Alice in Wonderland display

Alice in Wonderland display

Exhibitors from all over the country as well as the Netherlands, Great Britain and Ireland spend an average of 18 months preparing their displays. With only nine days to show off their talents.  It’s absolutely amazing what they have done!

Yard art made of old hoses

Yard art made of old hoses

After walking around the 10 acre convention center for hours, we were pretty exhausted so decided to take a break.  It was a few hours before our train was scheduled to leave so we contemplated what to do with our remaining time in Philly.  Donna mentioned that the Titanic Artifact Exhibition was being held at the Franklin Institute so we hopped in a taxi and off we went!

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute

The exhibition had about 300 artifacts recovered from the ship’s debris, models of crew members quarters (not much different from todays) and a 1st class stateroom as well as videos of the recovery, and pictures and stories of crew members and passengers.  We were even able to see a display of the dinnerware that each of the classes ate on.  There are no pictures allowed in the exhibit so unfortunately I can’t show any, but it was so amazing to actually SEE items from this ship.

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When we first entered the exhibit, we were given a boarding pass with one of the passengers names on it, what class they were sailing in, where they were from and where they were going.  As we neared the end, there was a wall showing all the passengers names and if they survived or not.  The person on the boarding pass that I received did not survive.

We walked past a wall of ice representing an iceberg and were able to touch it, showing how cold the waters were that these passengers were plunged into.  I can only hope they didn’t last long floating in that frigid water.  I felt so much more emotionally connected to this disaster after going through this exhibit and actually seeing the stories of so many of the lives that were lost, I am so glad we forged on and took advantage of being in Philadelphia on that day.

After a very long and gratifying day, we got back on the train and back to Maryland to my two little pups who were very happy to see me.

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