The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show theme was Springtime in Paris. My second photographer and I checked it out this year for the first time.
The Flower Show was sponsored by PNC and has been for the past 20 years. This cake was especially designed for PNC Bank by Buddy Valstro, from TLC's Cake Boss, for their 20 year anniversary of sponsering the Flower Show.
The Flower Show started in 1829, the year that the poinsettia was unveiled to the American public. Ever wonder where the money from ticket sales goes? It is partially used to sponser programs such as the City Harvest program, providing organic produce grown locally to those in need, and the Plant One Million (a campaign to plant trees over the states of PA, NJ, and DE). Those are just two of the programs according to Drew Becher, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
The central structure as you walked into the Flower Show was a large, lit, replica of the Eiffel Tower. Some interesting facts about this replica: it had 1,000 lights and was 75 feet wide and 37 feet tall. Set beyond the Eiffel Tower was the Carousel Stage. The different carousel animals, designed by Valley Forge Flowers, which were flower-stuffed, were laid out along the path leading up to the carousel.
One display was more spectacular than the next. It was a visual feast. One of my favorite was "Romantic Paris" a fantasy wedding at Notre Dame Cathedral complete with gargoyle shaped shrubs. Too bad they couldn't have a complete wedding here. It was amazing.
The Men's Garden Club had a sweet little display of a Parisian Cafe.
There were prize winning cactus...
And beautiful flowers...
And displays that were beautiful beyond words...and cute, like you wouldn't believe.
One could spend hours talking of the spectacular displays. I will let the photographs do the talking, but I do highly recommend taking a day and checking out next year's Flower Show!