HOLLAND: Flowering the World
Bridges, windmills, canals and water gardens in a sea of 30,000 flowers -- with 6,000 more blooms suspended in a giant floral canopy -- will welcome guests to the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Holland: Flowering the World.”
The Flower Show Entrance Garden is the initial show-stopper every year, and in 2017 the exhibit created by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will capture both the iconic and innovative features of the Dutch landscape. It follows the lead of modern designers in the Netherlands who carefully plant a matrix of different flowers to create a controlled chaos.
Guests will pass under a brick bridge inspired by the Amsterdam cityscape and adorned with Delft tile patterns, overflowing flower boxes and hanging baskets. The surrounding garden will be planted with cherry trees, sycamores, and drifts of floral color ranging from hot orange to soft pinks, reds, blues and purple accents. Mixed in with thousands of tulips will be hundreds of fritillaria, narcissus, anemones and other blooms.
The visual impact of Holland’s seemingly endless floral fields will be captured in a Flower Show first -- a floral canopy that floats above the Entrance Garden. More than 6,000 fresh-cut and dried flowers will hang down from multi-colored strings suspended over the heads of visitors.
The Dutch New Wave Movement, which takes a natural and sustainable approach to landscape design, will be evident in the wild grasses and varieties of perennials in the sloping berms of the garden. A dazzling light display will illuminate the landscape and the ornate blades of three windmills rising from the garden beds.
Entrance Garden Design and Production Credits
Executive Director of Design
Environment and Scenic Design
Gary Radin and Jeffrey Newberger
Floral Design and Installation
Valley Forge Flowers
8 Stars Studio
Lighting Design and Sound
Vision Technical Group
OASIS Floral Products