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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Flower Show 2012: Review

The week of March 4-11, 2012 marked the annual Philadelphia Flower Show. This year the theme is Hawaii and in this paradise one can see anything from cascading waterfalls to exotic orchids that are in full bloom. Waves, set up by a scaffold of flowers and computer generated aquatic motion, welcome guests into this paradise.

Yet, there is something about these waves that seem unprofessional. After the "ohs" and "ahs" of peoples' awe disappear, the scaffolding that was built looks rather out of place. How to enter and exit the doors are made almost impossible from people standing looking at all that is going on in the wave. With everyone standing around at the whole show, it filled up quickly and it was hard to maneuver through--rather disorganized.

Hawaii is hard to capture as it is--the displays we boring and the only significant flower they had were the orchids. I was hoping to find more flower life than shrubs and displays by various vendors. Apparently, the Flower Show is all about the vendors. Hopefully next year will be better!

Though, I can honestly say, the demonstration of Japanese floral arranging was pretty cool:


  1. I suppose some years are better than others when considering the flower show. Do you know what next year's theme will be?

    I honestly had no time to comment until now, as I wait for transport to the Library: I'm expecting to pick up a Machiavellian book and Wind in the Willows.

  2. I'm not sure. I am not sure when they will let us know. This was my first year going, but mom said in the past they were good. Aunt Kathy said before the Flower Show was moved to the convention center, it was grander... it changed after the move.

    1. Keep an eye out, then, I suppose!

      /enjoying the Machiavelli reader