The horticulture classes at the Show, staged in an area known as the Horicourt, celebrate the beauty of container-grown plants and the skills of their owners.
Every year, garden enthusiasts of every stripe, from apartment windowsill tenders to professional growers, bring their prized plants to the Show to compete for awards. For hundreds of exhibitors, the three judging days for awards are the Triple Crown of the gardening year, marked on calendars and counted down as green thumbs work their magic to bring home a blue ribbon.
The infrastructure of the Horicourt itself, though structurally in place, must turn each year from a stage setting into the Horicourt of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Amazingly it is all accomplished in just a few very fast-paced hours by literally hundreds of exhibitors and volunteers.
With all entries passed, recorded and staged, the Horicourt is ready for the Judges. Over 175 of them come from all over the country to evaluate and award thousands of entries according to a meticulous range of criteria including health, condition, amount of bloom, overall aesthetics and other factors. Horicourt entry highlights include a vast array of bulbs, succulents, tropicals, hanging baskets, terrariums and orchids.
What keeps people coming back to enter the horticulture classes year after year?
For some its the thrill of winning! For others it's the satisfaction of entering a favorite plant grown to perfection for the enjoyment of others. Whatever the motivation, many exhibitors return every year to display their labors of ... love.