Today I got a sneak peak at the setup efforts for the Philadelphia International Flower Show 2011, which opens to the public on Sunday, March 6th. Not only was this my first time at the Philly flower show, it was my first time at any flower show. Even though it was only in the first stages of setup, I think it has already ruined me for other flower shows.
The theme is “Springtime in Paris,” which includes an Eiffel Tower base, a french parlor, and a “tour de France” display.
Seeing the setup gave me such an appreciation for the effort that goes into putting together the show. Every stone path and retaining wall has to be built by hand, then broken down after the show. There were fake backyards, front porches and full gardens.
And no worries plant lovers, all of the cut flowers are composted after the show, and the larger trees and shrubs are sold after the show to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society members.
If you live anywhere near Philadelphia (or can catch a flight – seriously it’s that good) make your way to the Philadelphia International Flower show. And thank me later.