Because we stayed in town, we decided to spend Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest and oldest flower show in North America. While we had pretty much made up our minds last weekend to attend the show, the show organizers on Monday made the unprecedented decision to offer a significant reduction in the entrance fee because meteorologists had forecast the worst snowstorm of the season for Sunday night into Monday, a storm which - fortunately - veered to our south and only brought us 1-1/2 inches of snow instead of the forecast 12 inches. The discount offer, which was good for any day of the show but had to be purchased on Monday, clinched our decision.
The theme of this year's show was ARTiculture (art + horticulture). Most years, the displays seem to have only the most tenuous connection to the theme, but this year the designers really took it to heart. My favorite display is depicted in the image at the top of the post - a backyard garden incorporating sculpture and plant material. The design is bold and has clean, distinct, uncluttered lines. Exactly to my taste.
Another of my favorites was a joint effort between the Brandywine Conservancy, a regional land trust, and a garden designer. The Brandywine valley, located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, was the home of the Wyeth family, including such well-known artists as Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. The conservancy's exhibit incorporated a facsimile of a portion of Andrew Wyeth's painting studio into native woodlands. The design also included the most natural-looking artificial stream I have ever seen in my life. Another impressive achievement.
|Andrew Wyeth's studio in the woods|
|Native woodland garden outside Wyeth's studio|
|Hudson Valley Seed Library's art-inspired seed packs|