Each year Flower Show exhibitors, representing the best talents in the floral and landscaping fields, create full-scale displays that delight more than a quarter million visitors.
Many of these exhibitors have spent decades perfecting their craft, which often includes forcing a great variety of plants into bloom in time for the Show. Exhibitors spend an average of 18 months preparing their displays. With only nine days to show off their talents, each company or organization must pull out all stops to be considered the very best.
Below is the list of exhibitors who participated in “Brilliant!”
American Rhododendron Society, Greater Phila
PhiladelphiaAmerican Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)
Horticulture Academy at Abraham Lincoln School
Men’s Garden Club of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Philadelphia Water Department
W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences
U.S. EPA Region III
DELAWAREIrwin Landscaping, Inc.
University of Delaware
American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)
12343 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154
Enter the Jewel House in the Tower of London, where AIFD interprets the magnificent Crown Jewels of Britain’s royalty through floral artistry. Spanning centuries of the Monarchy, the Royal Regalia is presented in the splendor of rich jewel tones. This spectacular collection is designed to capture the elegance of the historic jewels, with a creative vision for the future.
Burke Brothers Landscape Design/Build
7630 Cheltenham Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA, 19038
In situ essentially means “in its original place,” but also refers to structures that use raw, local materials and art installations designed for a specific place. A once-forgotten space has been adopted by an artist, and here she has created her own in situ installations with a contemporary British flair. A stone path winds through the woods and leads visitors to the artist’s sunny glade, where they find themselves surrounded by flowering trees and dense evergreens. The crumbling remains of the original building now support a hand-crafted shelter made from surrounding trees. Throughout the green glade, effervescent pink sculptures jut from the ground, both contrasting and emphasizing the airy feel of the space. A perfect place to relax!
Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens
P.O. Box 7, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Contact: Michael Petrie, 610-505-8262
The Handmade Garden: A Metal Sculptor’s Workspace
Modern design and materials meet nature and handmade elements in this metal sculptor’s integrated workspace. Here, the sculptor is inspired by a contemporary garden that includes a hopscotch pattern of plant beds based on the paintings of Piet Mondrian, and monochromatic walls based on the wood sculptural monoliths of Louise Nevelson. Nearby, swaths of daffodils are offset by a giant, hand-wrought steel and copper daffodil sculpture. The Handmade Garden is contemplation and celebration of two age-old means of human expression that so often go hand-in-hand: making art and making gardens.
1301 E. Mermaid Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038
A Proper Hodgepodge
This “roundabout” is composed of stylistically iconic time periods depicted through lavish floral arrangements and décor. Travel through depictions of a 1960s Mod gala, a medieval feast, a wartime pottager, and a Royal tea party. The scene will culminate with a timeless storybook wedding.
Stoney Bank Nurseries
61 Stoney Bank Road, Glen Mills, 19342
Take an excursion out of London to the verdant Cotswolds for a Hidcote Holiday. Major Lawrence Johnston created this garden and was one of England’s leading plantsmen. The garden rooms are filled with flowering perennials, delphiniums, lupines, Canterbury bells, flowering shrubs, roses and other blooms. As part of the Arts and Crafts movement, Hidcote Gardens is an example of perennial plants grown in natural groupings. It is, however, in a formal garden room setting – boxwood-edged beds divided by paths and topiary pillars of clipped yews and boxwood. Hidcote has the many little openings that beckon the visitor, leading through hedges and down narrow paths to reveal beautifully composed garden pictures. The vibrant colors of blue and yellow were the owners’ favorite colors, and this garden is full of color and surprise -- a strong architectural garden suffused with exuberance.
America In Bloom
2130 Stella Court Columbus, OH 43215
Planting Pride: Building Brilliant Communities
Great communities don’t just happen; it takes a great deal of thought and tender loving care to create a sense of place. There’s no better way to communicate life and vitality than through beautiful plantings. Colorful annuals communicate color at eye level in hanging baskets and planters. The backdrop may be green and serene or gray concrete, but color commands attention. America in Bloom brings communities to life by demonstrating the social and economic benefits of plants. The program, which has engaged nearly 200 communities in 40 states, was inspired by successful programs in the United Kingdom, France and Canada.
American Ivy Society
P.O. Box 461 Lionville, PA 19353
A Day in the Life on Abbey Road
Take a stroll with the Beatles on Abbey Road, and visit a landscaped English garden with ivy topiaries and ivy standards.
American Rhododendron Society, Greater Philadelphia Chapter
1551 Butler Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Artists’ Rhododendron Retreat
A peaceful, comforting garden to paint in, relax in, or just contemplate the day. Imagine Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, or E.M. Forster discussing literature, the arts, feminism, or pacifism, in their gardens. Take a stroll through different garden venues, in the style of English country gardens, enjoying the peacefulness of rhododendrons and perennial gardens.
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive, Camden NJ 08103
Contact: Michael Devlin, 856-365-8733
Magical in Camden: An Enchanted Children’s Allotment Garden
Inspired by children, nature, and Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” this whimsical fruit and vegetable garden is enchanted by magical fairies. Interactive and stimulating, the exhibit encourages families to engage in nature and imaginative play. Based on the concept of the British allotment garden — small parcels of land made available to individuals or small groups for noncommercial use — this garden is designed to introduce children to gardening and attract wildlife to the city. The interactive educational and fun features of the garden include a wildlife tower, fruit trees, blueberry patch, dovecote, compost bin, rain barrel, willow tunnel, and nooks where children can create fossil rubbings.
Delaware Valley College, Department of Natural Resources and Biosystems Management
700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901
Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of Dr. Black’s Garden
Sherlock Holmes, the genius London detective, is hot on the trail of a handful of conniving invasive plants and insects that are craftily making their way into our landscape. In order to detain these uninvited visitors, he must first identify them, and he needs your help! Follow along with Sherlock on a fast-paced inquisition into the identities of the invasive species and learn how to identify, unmask and apprehend them in the landscapes that surround your own home.
Delaware Valley Fern and Wildflower Society
121 Garden Road, Oreland PA, 19075
The Fox and Fern
The good times at The Fox and Fern spill out into the patio, where the hardy ferns have already taken over. Ferns bring peace and contentment in any setting. At The Fox and Fern, the ferns readily complement the simple pleasures of enjoyable company, fueled by local ale and good food.
PO Box 615, Woodbury, NJ, 08096
Exhibit Designer: Ledden Palimeno, www.leddenpalimeno.com
A Tranquil Garden Comes to Life!
Experience the juxtaposition of two very British characteristics: cautious restraint and droll humor. Formal boxwood hedges bordering beds of flowering perennials set the tone for this proper English statue garden. Classic arrangements of plants offer texture, color and scent to pique the senses and lure visitors to partake of the beautiful surroundings. Old English stone walls provide the foundation for the upper paved terrace, while cherry trees are reflected in the pool that comes to life with playful fountains. Lions flank the stairway that leads to the terrace, where benches provide a peaceful place to rest. But beware the change that occurs as night falls. The Garden House anchors the space and is home to the Four Seasons statue collection that graces the garden under a very watchful eye.
Flowers by David
2048 E. Old Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne, PA 19047
Umbrellas abound in the misty, foggy city. Above the mists, umbrellas balance, suspended. Soft romantic floral arrangements shine like jewels in the fog.
Horticulture Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School
3201 Ryan Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136
Fast Track Into The Future
Take a walk into the future of Urban Revitalization in Philadelphia and discover a hidden horticulture treasure, the transformation of the abandoned Reading Railroad at Broad and Noble Streets. This obsolete railway has been redesigned into a lush garden of native plants for relaxation, meditation, reading, or family recreation.
Hunter Hayes Landscape Design
102 Holland Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
A rustic greenhouse is the centerpiece in a glorious English-style garden. A natural path, surrounded by mixed perennials, flowering trees and hedgerows, leads to a broken stone patio at the foot of the greenhouse. It’s a quiet gardener’s retreat – a place to cultivate and grow happiness, all around and within.
Ikebana International, Philadelphia Chapter 71
550 Main St., Sewell NJ 08080
The Ikebana International exhibition features the Ikenobo School, known for its beautiful traditional arrangements. The exhibit also highlights additional arrangements representing other Ikebana schools in the Philadelphia Chapter, and illustrates the diversity of Japanese flower arranging.
P.O. Box 186, Hockessin, DE 19707
A formal walk along a brick path leads to a raised patio nestled in a group of trees. The sound of water, the rustle of leaves, and the vibrant colors create a relaxing ambience.
J. Downend Landscaping
411 Smiley St., Crum Lynne, PA 19022
The Scorer’s Garden
Set alongside the perfectly manicured grounds of The Downend Cricket Club, “The Scorer’s Garden” is a colorful and vibrant oasis framing a weathered structure that has been transformed into the scorer’s personal potting shed, where she tends her garden between matches. The beauty of the garden has the club directing all spectators to the scoreboard, the focal point of the design. The task of keeping score for the match is truly a pleasure as both scorers get to work their craft in a virtual bouquet of fragrance and color that brightens the game while exciting the senses. There is never a loser when you visit the storied Downend Cricket Club.
Jacques Amand International
The Nursery at Clamp Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 3JS, UK
If It’s Bulbs You Fancy
This exhibit brings history and modern hybrids together. A beautiful array of bulbs in flower are built around historical English garden elements in the form of an authentic garden shed, a chicken coop, and a peaked cold-frame enclosure, all developed by the artisans of TeraCottage. The English garden shed is an amazingly accurate reproduction, and includes roofing tiles imported from Britain. The chicken coop includes wire chickens and fox by renowned artist Lisa Fedon. Above all, thousands of bulbs in brilliant flower span the spring and summer seasons, featuring a panorama of modern hybrid varieties of tulips, hippeastrums, exotic dwarf iris and other spring flowering bulbs, plus an amazing variety of summer flowering hybrid lilies.
Kepich and Associates
3425 Holicong Rd., PA 18928
Contact: Chris Kepich, 215-794-5090
In the backyard of Elizabeth’s cottage near North Elmham sits a privy at the end of a path. Varieties of azaleas, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and rhododendrons decorate the backyard garden of her home.
Mark Cook Landscape Contracting LLC
P.O. Box 1112, Doylestown, PA 18901
This Too Shall Pass
Winter finally passed, leaving this old walled garden to welcome the treasured season. Ice melting from the smokehouse awakened the dormant branches into the many colors of spring. The aged fountain reveres this flourishing moment, as the shadow of the towering timepiece gently reminds them all, this too shall pass.
Men’s Garden Club of Philadelphia
Narberth, PA 19072
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The display depicts the Head Gardener’s Office and a sampling of the cold frames in the walled yard at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. This garden, located in Cornwall, was the home of the Tremayne family for over 400 years. It was lost after the garden staff went off to World War I, and only a few returned. The garden fell into ruin and eventually was covered in vines. During a windstorm in the 1990s, the vines were blown back, revealing the remnants of the garden and all its outbuildings. In recent years, volunteers have restored the garden to its original beauty. Now it is a wonderful example of an early 20th-century garden and a showcase of the techniques used at that time.
Michael Bruce Florist
823 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108
Portals: Talking Heads
Envelop your senses and feast your eyes with a display that encourages fellow show-goers to connect “mano-a-mano.” To view the display, guests are invited place their heads inside the various height containers, which have several portals for others to join in. Once guests are in place, the display will incite comment back and forth with other “talking heads.”
4500 Worth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Fog on the Moors
Fog lays low over the hills and vales shrouding the heath on the English moors.
Netherlands American Business Association (NABA)
P.O Box 515, Willow Grove, PA 19090
This exhibit showcases and promotes interest in the horticultural products of the Netherlands and inspires travel to Holland in the springtime.
North American Rock Garden Society, Delaware Valley Chapter
British Rock: Extravagant Possibilities
Only a rock gardener could create such a delightful garden in such a small area. The owners of this garden enjoy functional areas and beautiful plants. The compact alpine house affords treasured special plants their required environment, and an iconic British phone booth is given new purpose as attractive storage. While owners enjoy a cup of tea seated on staddles around a hypertufa grindstone table, their dog stays cool in the green-roofed doghouse. Troughs, pots, and a planted rock wall complete the garden
Organic Mechanics Soil Co.
PO Box 272, Modena, PA 19358
This exhibit glimpses into small space, urban, farm-ster (urban famer) gardens in London. It also features educational messages on peat-moss and its use in horticulture.
Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
1140 Little Conestoga Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343
Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society is a not-for-profit organization designed solely for the purpose of educating and teaching the Art of Bonsai to the members. This exhibit is comprised of members’ trees and range from 20 years old to over 100 years old. Viewing the exhibit reveals why this ancient art has been around for more than 2,000 years.
7380 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128
The Mad Tea Party
Tea is used as a moment for intimate conversation, set with traditions and charm. Alice finds herself at a tea party of answerless riddles, nonsensical poetry, and arranged as “mad as a hatter.” The mish-mash of mismatched furniture, natural plant life, ornate wrought iron, elegant crystal chandeliers, and floral arrangements creates a cohesive madness.
Philadelphia Cactus & Succulent Society
335 Fieldstone Drive, New Hope, PA 18938
Plants Are People, Too!
Although gardeners sometimes refer to their plants as their children or give their plants pet names, frequently the official botanic name honors a special person. The exhibit illustrates this point with several examples, including an agave that caused an international stir when it was named in honor of Queen Victoria.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
One Parkway, 1515 Arch St., 10th Floor, Philadelphia., PA 19102
Five vertical gardens, raised four feet above the ground, represent the original five squares planned by William Penn. On the ground plane, five, eight-foot squares lining each side of the central walkway are comprised of flowering perennial and shrub materials. The exhibit details the history of the squares, their significance to Philadelphia’s green space, and the continued stewardship of green space by the Parks & Recreation Department.
Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators
306 Green Circle, Exton, PA 19341
Contact: Joan Frain, www.psbi-art.org, http://psbiartists.blogspot.com
Her Majesty’s Bouquet
England has long been the epicenter for the revival of modern botanical illustration. The widely diverse climates of the various regions of the British Isles provide the artists with a vast choice of subject matter for their exquisite, original works of art. The artists interact with the public with ongoing demonstrations of techniques and are eager to answer questions from young and old about the brightly colored original watercolor paintings and delicate graphite and colored pencil drawings.
Philadelphia Water Department
1101 Market St., 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Power of Poop
The Philadelphia Water Department is adopting innovative methods to use sewage to produce energy at its facilities. Wastewater picks up heat from sinks, dishwashers and industrial processes. This heat travels underground to the treatment facilities and is used to convert wastewater to energy. The simple act of flushing a toilet or using a garbage disposal creates energy.
500 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
In this contemporary take on an English wedding, close friends gather for an intimate affair -- a high tea and dinner service to celebrate this special day. The guests experience a grand table dressed in pure white with royal seating at each end for the bride and the groom. Majestic centerpieces in impressively ornate vases radiate elegance and exclusivity down the center of the table. Modern and opulent, this table sets the scene for a king and queen.
Raymond Evison Clematis
Domaire Vineries, Les Sauvagees, St Sampsons, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY2 4FD
Clematis for Small Spaces
Specially bred Clematis by Evison and Poulsen® are displayed and found growing in evergreen shrubs, trees and in containers, showing how the compact clematis can give charm to small town or city gardens over a long period.
P.O. Box 80, Pitman, NJ 08071
Contact: Peter Romano, 609-471-1067
Somewhere inside all of us is the great escape: the restful place of untangled thoughts, where the ticking of time is silent and eternity whispers. Let your eyes travel upstream toward the cabin, and notice how the plants and flowers are afforded a chance to peer into the waters and hold a quiet celebration of their own beauty. Like a canopy of stars that shine on a blanket of dark in a nighttime sky, they too are having their glorious moment. This simple joy is nature’s profound song to the soul, a place where dreaming is expected, quiet thoughts are inevitable, and refreshing perspective is certain.
Rosade Bonsai Studio
6912 Ely Rd., New Hope, PA 18938
BONSAI - cool - fantastic - fascinating - BRILLIANT
The bonsai display features trees trained and pruned to mimic forms found in nature – only on a much smaller scale! Learn from bonsai artisans as they demonstrate with mind, heart, hands and tools the shaping and grooming of the trees.
1021 N. Hancock Street, Unit 3, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Before today’s high-tech London, before Piccadilly Circus was as brightly lit as Times Square, before Parliament and Big Ben were best seen from the top of London’s Eye, and before the BBC made the Eastenders popular - there was the East End -- Whitechapel and the end of the 19th century. The Victorian era spawned the new age, but it is always darkest before the dawn. In the depths of that blackness, London’s modern day Phoenix rose from the ashes of death. A hint, in his own words: “One day men will look back and say I gave birth to the twentieth century.” This exhibit travels back to 1888 and the distorted, dark streets, the cold, factory-driven silhouettes of the East End, the back-alleys where illicit activities were the norm. And Jack the Ripper roamed.
Subaru of America
2235 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Exhibit Designer: Ledden Palimeno, www.leddenpalimeno.com
60's British Music Invasion - Peace Garden
This garden offers a sensory experience with a collage of musical imagery. Flowering cherry trees and beds overflowing with Victoria sage, celebrity petunias and blue ageratum are a few of the colors and scents that will beckon. Within the display, visitors will discover organic statements of peace, love, and happiness. Included will be an instrument fountain, large, vertically planted drum and peace garden. A 2013 Subaru Outback will be displayed with a very exclusive 60's pop culture "Love" wrap design.
Temple University, Ambler. School of Environmental Design
580 Meetinghouse Rd., Ambler, PA 19002
WILDE! Cultivating wonder in everyday places
Pods, silk, and fruit of every ilk fly, fall, and get carried about. Some fill a derelict hopper and lay waiting to spring to life. Some sprout from niches and cracks as pioneers in paved wastelands. In a wetland, others emerge from years of suppression, reliving vigorous memories. Draw close; this place is wild but not abandoned. Rust covers steel towers, but so, too, do mirrors that reflect a new view of wildness. In it, cultivars join pioneers in displacing concrete. A downed tree disturbs the order in a restored bog, yet unexpectedly introduces another order. Beyond, vines consume a screen, and an orchard of columnar trees welcomes winged creatures. Wildness -- spontaneous, persistent and marvelous -- is everywhere.
12 Meadow Way, Crawfordsburn, Bangor, Northern Ireland, BT19 1JJ
Garden of Culture – The Walled City of Derry - Londonderry
The inaugural United Kingdom City of Culture is Derry - Londonderry. In 2013, the city will be the center for a year of cultural celebrations. The design of the garden celebrates that it is one of the most pre-eminent walled cities in Europe. The central pod shows the two cathedrals, the "Hands Across the Divide" statue, the City Gates, and the Guild Hall Square. The presence of water symbolizes the River Foyle, which flows through the city, and the design recognizes the ubiquitous presence of dry stone walls in the landscape of Northern Ireland. The corner gardens reflect the many walled gardens in the historic estates in the most western part of the UK. The choice of trees, plants and shrubs are examples of the range which can be grown in this corner of Europe, thanks to the Gulf Steam Drift. The “Garden of Culture” aims to illustrate that Northern Ireland is an appealing destination for culture-seekers and garden-lovers.
University of Delaware
152 Townsend Hall, Newark, DE 19716, USA
You Are Brilliant!
At any stage in life, people want to express their personal values, and what better way to show the colors of your life than in a garden? Featured in this educational exhibit are three individually tailored spaces. Dan’s garden is just right for a busy single professional and his trusty lab Willy. As a connector of people, Dan entertains in a casual way and likes modern gadgets. Carly is a recent graduate of college and is working as an artist. Her garden is inspired by her transitory stage of life and her bold geometric paintings. Josh is a naturalist, a photographer and a grandfather. His garden space reflects his love of the environment and his legacy will be teaching his grandchildren to love and respect nature. Above all, gardens show appreciation for nature. Sustainable materials and structures create a strong foundation for any garden, are easy to maintain, and add creativity to personal spaces.
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Before the Invasion
In the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, a one-room retreat nestled around a forested wetland complex inspires its occupants to reflect, create and relax while being enveloped by the sweet fragrance of native azaleas and fothergillas. This exhibit highlights the intrinsic beauty of native wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees. The viewers are taken back to a time before the British “invasion,” when the "woods" thrived without competition from invasives, before colonization spurred habitat loss. Within this woodland garden is an alternative perspective to mimic natural processes and reduce our environmental impact through the use of native species and the conservation of vital aquatic resources.
10 E. Poplar Avenue, Linwood, NJ 08221
In the early 1800s, collectors risked their lives to locate never-before-seen orchids and other plant species in the New World. Here, exotic foliage and large trees laden with orchids, ferns, and bromeliads sweep over the Amazon River. On the far side of the water is the orchid hunter’s hut. Out front on the dock, he has accumulated crates of plants destined for wealthy estates in England.
W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences
7100 Henry Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128
Follow this course on the Scottish Links as it winds its way down a fairway of compact, manicured turf to the golfing green. From the welcoming entrance of colorful annuals, this open, windswept terrain follows undulating mounds of ornamental grasses with sunken traps. Rocky cliffs and distant trees border this famous golf club which attracts athletes, visitors, and those who enjoy the muted texture of green, yellow, rust, and crimson foliage of perennials and shrubs.
Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
106 S. New Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063
Horticulture in 18th-Century America
In the 1700s, horticulture in the colonies focused on shipping plants and seeds from the wild of this country to England. Names like Bartram, Collinson, Marshall, Linnaeus and many more helped to establish a trans-Atlantic exchange of plants. This exhibit exemplifies an 18th-century nursery and botanic garden with northeastern native plants. The nursery has rows of plants and wooden flats of seedlings, surrounded on three sides by an 18th-century fence. The Packing Shed, on the fourth side, contains wooden boxes being packed with roots, plants, and seeds to be shipped to England. The floor of the shed bears buckets and boxes of seeds, roots, and plants.