Wonders of Water
The 2018 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Wonders of Water,” will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water, showcasing the astounding plants that thrive in various environments, from exquisite orchids and flowering vines to luminescent desert blooms.
The Entrance Garden is a design interpretation inspired by the magnificent rain forests of our planet, one of the most astonishing and varied ecosystems on Earth, and a marvelous example of how Wonders of Water inter-play. Show goers will explore towering trees and tiny mosses; creeping vines and wide-spreading ferns; withering leaves and a living roof of green; colorful flowers and a myriad of textures.
Visitors will enter the show and instantly feel as if they have been transported into a modern, imaginative jungle, reminiscent of nature’s diverse rainforest, featuring a playful, wildly colorful embellished landscape. An entrance canopy of lush greenery, hanging flowers and vines with cascading plants will immerse the visitor. A labyrinth of scaffolding will create an architectural structure filled with plants and flowers. Elaborate-cut, tropical flower arrangements will sit atop bamboo stands, with hanging flowers and vines suspended overhead and pops of colorful flowers will climb bamboo poles.
An ever-shifting rain curtain will guide visitors to a tropical pond surrounded by palm and ficus trees, massive ferns and colorful tropical plants and flowers. Guests will flow through past a fish pond, with lily pads in a misting pool and be lead to a “suspended” rope bridge, and through a brilliant green rainforest. Marvel at a modernistic, 25-foot waterfall, which reveals itself as the backdrop to this rain forest garden, and a six-tier bamboo structure with cascades of falling water, adorned by plants and flowers, and flowing into a water stream.
“We want to capture all the sensory elements of the rainforest – its fantastic colors, scents and sounds -- and demonstrate its unique and vital role in purifying water and sustaining our environment,” explained Sam Lemheney, PHS Chief of Shows & Events.