Flower show getting under away

    The Philadelphia Flower Show puts on a new face when it begins Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It has a new name: it’s the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

    The Philadelphia Flower Show puts on a new face when it begins Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It has a new name: it’s the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

    As volunteers shoveled a final layer of mulch onto their flower exhibits last week, the South African portia flowers and Holland orchids are forced into believing it’s springtime already. Director of design Sam Lemheney says the show reflects the intentions of the original Horticultural Society members who traveled the world collecting plants.

    India, Brazil, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and Singapore. We’ve hit every continent except Antartica.

    Au contraire, Lemheney. One of the exhibitors created a polar fantasy section, complete with 600 cubic feet of fake snow and an ice cave with stalactites made of Japanese white dahlias. Landscape designer Bill Schaefer says every inch of his exhibit is white.

    Schaefer: It’s spring all around us, and they walk in here and it’s a little chilly, it’s a little fun, and it makes the outside seem not so ugly. And you’re not walking through slush.

    First-day visitors with a keen eye might catch a glimpse of the future of the Flower Show. The new directorof the Horticultural Society – Drew Becker – is expected to be there.

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