February 26, 2009
The Philadelphia Flower Show is always a floral spectacle and a welcome respite from winter. But this year, it will likely mean more to its quarter-million visitors. Brought low by economic hard times and a winter that seems, as all winters do, to drag on and on, those who spend a day in the city's cavernous Convention Center next week should feel transported. Literally. The show is titled "Bella Italia," and designer Sam Lemheney is attempting to carry visitors to the majestic gardens of ancient Rome, the lush hills of the Tuscan countryside, the romantic waters of Venice and the artful flora of Florence.
March 3, 2007
At just the moment when we think we can't endure another day, let alone another month, of cold weather, it is home-and-garden-show season. For the price of a ticket, we are drawn into warm, moist, sweet-smelling and cavernous buildings where, surrounded by blooming gardens, we can pretend summer has arrived. Double your pleasure this weekend with the opening of both the Philadelphia Flower Show - the granddaddy of them all - at the Philadelphia Convention Center and the Maryland Home & Garden Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
February 27, 2005
Long before 9/11, before war, before yellow ribbons that say "Support Our Troops," and long before red and blue states, the theme for the 2005 Philadelphia Flower Show was chosen. It would be "America the Beautiful," and the patriotic theme would be played out in flowers of red, white and blue. The Philadelphia Flower Show, March 6 to 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is the granddaddy of all flower shows. Now in its 176th year, it is unmatched in longevity, scale, perfection and creativity, and it is such a monumental undertaking that planning begins at least five years in advance.
March 4, 2004
St. Patrick's Day Parade You'll be seeing green at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria, Va., on Saturday. Irish dancers in Celtic costumes, tartan-clad bands, politicians, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and others will participate in the parade, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at King and West streets. There will be a reviewing stand at North Royal Street. The parade concludes at 2:30 p.m. at King and Fairfax streets. Check out a classic car show and competition at 10 a.m. at North Pitt and King streets.
March 23, 2003
THE PHILADELPHIA Flower Show is the granddaddy of all flower shows. Big, old, prestigious. And an enormous, magical spectacle. It is as if God moved the Garden of Eden into the Philadelphia Convention Center for a week every winter, just when His poor creations are losing hope that spring will ever come. Those of us who like to think of ourselves as gardeners can leave the Philadelphia Flower Show feeling pretty discouraged, like we ought to plow under our flower beds and pave the backyard.
February 9, 2003
Just when it seems that winter will never end, when it seems as if the cold grayness will never lift and the world will never bloom again, then comes the Philadelphia Flower Show. For the past 174 years, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has been filling a cavernous arena in the city with millions of flowers, creating not just a late-winter oasis of greenery, but a magical place of beauty and imagination. "It is a spectacle," said Bartie Cole of Green-spring Valley, purveyor of an extraordinary garden of her own, who has been going to the flower show every year for more than a decade.