This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show had a new date (June 5-13), look, and location. For the first time in its almost 200 year history, it was moved outdoors to FDR Park.
The theme for 2021 was “Habitat: Nature’s Masterpiece” exploring the beauty of life through nature’s kaleidoscopic lens. PHS Flower Show
I wondered how the experience would change now that it was outside. As soon as I started walking the grounds, the aroma of fresh blossoms immediately permeated, stimulating my senses. I was so unbelievably impressed with how the show adapted to its new environment, making it relevant for this year’s theme and location.
The incredible displays were a designer and photographer’s dream. I adored the section of crafted Rooftop Gardens, so fitting for al fresco relaxing and dining.
I also learned a new terminology; that of “Hell Strips”, which the displays playfully read “Heaven Hell Strips”. What exactly are they? The shortest definition is the narrow space between the sidewalk and street curb, in urban areas. Usually, a place that most do not think of planting in. This underutilized space really shined bright in the exhibitions, offering inspiration for home gardeners.
The Design District showcased stunning works on a large scale that allowed the attendees to interact with them. Mixed media, unique themes, manicured greenery, and vibrant flowers filled the landscape.
As I await the announcement of the 2022 theme for this beautiful and uplifting horticultural event, I wonder will more trade shows follow suit and move outdoors? Something to think about. To support & join The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society please click the link below.