The horticulture classes at the Show are staged in an area known as the PHS Hamilton Horticourt
Every year, garden enthusiasts of every stripe celebrate the beauty of container-grown plants and the skills of their owners; apartment windowsill tenders and professional growers bring their prized plants to the Flower Show to compete for awards. For hundreds of exhibitors, the three judging days 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.
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.
In 2013 the Horticourt got a grand makeover - thanks to a generous $1 million impact gift from perennial Flower Show exhibitor and longtime PHS supporter, Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton. Mrs. Hamilton's influence and enhancements to the Horticourt, now renamed The PHS Hamilton Horticourt, brought a magnificently energized - greenhouse atmosphere to the exhibition/competition area of the Show.
The new overhead structure created a lofty space of strong lines and bold colors, while earthy wood and metal details were utilized in the staging, including walls, arbors, shelving, pedestals and benches. A new energy-efficient LED lighting system brought out the intensity of plant coloring for maximum viewing pleasure. The system can be also adjusted to spotlight the best view and temperature for each plant and flower on display.
New interactive signage was also added to the Horticourt, which allowed visitors to view perfect specimens in various plant categories. These touch screens and interactive displays informed and educated Flower Show guests about the winning entries, and how they compared to the ideal form.