PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW
Over the next several weeks, the Friends are offering three programs relating to the Philadelphia Flower Show:
- A History of the Flower Show via Zoom on February 16
- The Bus Trip to the Flower Show itself on March 7
- How to create an award-winning garden at the Flower Show with Susan Cohan on March 18
Register for all three and gain a complete understanding of what it takes to present this huge and extremely popular Flower Show!
Thursday, February 16 - 7:00 PM
VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
Join the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Creative Director, Seth Pearsoll as he dives into the history of the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and previews the 2023 Show. Started in 1829 as a one-day exhibition of fruits, flowers, local and exotic plants from around the world, the Flower Show has grown into an award winning and internationally renowned event known for setting trends in gardening and floral design while delivering a captivating and educational experience. Learn about the Flower Show’s evolution over the past 194 years to become the beloved and largest floral event in the world and get a sneak peek at the highly anticipated 2023 Flower Show, “The Garden Electric.”
Seth's role as PHS Design Director for the Philadelphia Flower Show allows him to contribute to a variety of design tasks and creative projects. He focuses on finding and creating relationships with exciting new designers and creators for the Flower Show. Seth has a Master's degree in Sustainable Planning and Design from the Conway Design School in Massachusetts. After working at a variety of landscape design firms, he eventually found his way to PHS.
Tuesday, March 7
Bus leaves the Arboretum parking lot at 10:30 AM SHARP and returns around 8:30 PM
After two years of being held outdoors, The Philadelphia Flower Show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2023. This year's theme is "The Garden Electric", bringing the electrifying presence of today's most dynamic designers of floral arrangements, lush gardens, and landscapes to visitors from around the world.
Join the Friends on this always popular and highly anticipated trip. Chat with garden experts and watch how-to gardening demonstrations in the Gardener's Studio, shop acres of vendor booths brimming with merchandise in the Marketplace and enjoy lunch and/or dinner on your own at the show or at nearby Reading Terminal Market.
Saturday, March 18 - 1:00 PM
IN PERSON in the Haggerty Education Center
Ever wonder how show gardens are created? Susan Cohan, a show garden veteran, will show you how the display gardens at the Philadelphia Flower Show are designed and built. This is sure to be a fascinating presentation on what takes place behind the scenes and in preparation for an exhibit at the Show.
Susan Cohan, FAPLD, left a successful career in the fashion industry and founded Susan Cohan Gardens after earning a certificate in Garden Design from the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Gardens in London. Susan, named The Designer of the Year by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in 2021, is the principal and design director of Susan Cohan Gardens, a full-service landscape design studio located in the New York/New Jersey metro area.
From small courtyards to large country estates, the studio is dedicated to the creation of exceptional residential outdoor living spaces and gardens. Susan and her team have created landscape designs for discerning regional and international clients. The finished results are frequently published and have won numerous awards, including the 2022 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gold and Silver Trophy for her entry in this year's Philadelphia Flower Show.
Meet the speaker and chat with friends after the program. Light refreshments will be served.
This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.
NORTH AMERICAN ROCK GARDEN SOCIETY (NARGS) presents:
The Care and Feeding of the Alpine Collection at Wave Hill
Saturday, March 11 - 10:00 AM
IN PERSON in the Haggerty Education Center
The Watnong Chapter of NARGS will present a lecture by Sandy Schaller, the horticulturist who manages the alpine collection at Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx, New York.
The program is free and open to the public.
A lovely sunny day in the mid-50s, hard to believe it's February! More early bloomers are doing their thing: bright yellow sweeps of Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite) adorn a bed next to Matilda's cottage, purplish/red Hellebores (Lenten Rose) are blooming in the beds under the Japanese Maple collection and a small clump of sunny yellow Adonis amurensis (Pheasant's Eye) is keeping the Winter Aconite company. Enjoy a visit soon!
Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery. Picture credits: Margery Ennist.
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