Philadelphia Flower Show….blimey!

"Brilliant" crestBlimey….It’s show time!  The always anticipated Philadelphia Flower Show ushers in March and Spring.  This year’s theme, ‘Brilliant’, is a tribute to everything British.

"Brilliant" gateA pair of floral gates welcomes the quarter-million people who flock to the show over nine days.

Big Ben BrilliantFrom the gates, they walk down the red carpet leads to Big Ben.

Big Ben in colorOn the hour it burst into a rocking sound & light show, click here:   Big Ben sound&light show

vibrant lilyMagnificent flowers throughout the show capture the floriferous UK and its heritage of glorious gardens.

Alice in Wonderland“Alice’s Tea Party” brings the Lewis Carroll favorite to life complete with a croquet lawn with chrysanthemum croquet balls.

bridge arrangementFrom Alice’s table to this trophy table….the lush roses and vines wind their way across these handsome trophy-like vases.

Vibrant color two part designThis two level design uses the almost neon colors of mitsumata branches.

Scottish moorA foggy Scottish moor is celebrated with this ‘wall’ of heather, Spanish moss, orchids and branches.  Notice the spiny looking loops which are circles of white cable ties!

Philadelphia bouquetProteas, orchids and other tropicals in a warm palette create a lush symmetrical design.  It’s not your mother’s flower show ……




About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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3 Responses to Philadelphia Flower Show….blimey!

  1. Susan Sanford says:

    Hello Susan,
    Thank your ever inspiring posts! You are right….this years show is on steroids, wonderful!!!
    I am a friend of Donald, and fellow studio mate two doors down the hall. Donald put me onto your thought provoking blog, since you began. First time comment responder.

  2. Alexandra Donovan says:

    Beautiful!! I think I like foggy Scottish moor best. That Big Ben bonanza is quite the show but seems out of character. Hope you continue to have fun!!

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