How has the Horticourt evolved today?
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.