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Philadelphia Flower Show 2011: Springtime In Paris Is In Full Bloom

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Spring has sprung early this year, and what a treat! Springtime in Paris is in full bloom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the International Philadelphia Flower Philadelphia flower show 2011Show! I am so excited, as I am so into all things Français right now!

This has been one of the best Flower Show displays I have ever seen. Upon entering the Flower Show exhibit floor, I was greeted by a 33-foot-high lit-up Eiffel Tower base; this display was truly astounding, and I loved it.

Surrounded by fragrant tulips, lavender, daisies, roses and other gorgeous blooms, this replica stretched to the ceiling of the convention center and was a wonder to see.

Walk under the Eiffel Tower, and you have found yourself in another country, where elegance and creativity meet. 6 giant displays offer several iconic views of "La Ville-Lumière,” Timeless Paris, Romantic Paris, Delectable Paris, Underground Paris, Opulent Paris and Artists’ Paris. These flower displays have interwoven thousands of flowers of a hundred varieties to creative this visually stunning masterpieces of garden art. And oh, did it smell delectable!

philadelphia flower show 2011Past the Paris displays you’ll find the Landscape and Floral Displays, in all types of trees, flowers, bushes, hardscaping, waterfalls and outdoor garden architecture. 

Hall A is where all the amazing exhibits are, so after you have gotten your fragrant fill of all things Paris, venture over to Hall B to check out the Education and Individual Displays. Horticulture, Education and Design were the themes here, in the Mini Themes, Table, Miniature Settings, Pedestals, Tables, Front Porch Arrangements, along with a Jewelry and Dresses section, complete with pressed flowers and blooms to create elegant masterpieces.

 My favorite exhibits are the Tables, where flowers in a distinct setting tell a story. Across the way was the ‘Julia’ design section, where all the small exhibits had a kitchen theme. Whisks, spatulas, cutting boards and elegant stemwear all were incorporated into flower art.

There was a pressed flower section, where many shapes of Paris, especially the Fleur de Lis was created, and a sculpture area, where a designer had created two dragons from beads and corn husks- incredible!philadelphia flower show 2011

Now that you have been properly inspired, head over to the Hall C Marketplace for creative ideas for your own fantastic gardens. Everything imaginable is on sale here- flowers, cuttings, bulbs, garden statues and furniture, pottery, jewelry, tea and coffees, garden implements, windchimes, decor of all kinds, and so much more.

And don’t forget to visit Reading Terminal Market  across the way for some serious yummies- bread, cheese and cannoli, anyone!

The International Philadelphia Flower Show has been a tradition since its inception in 1829, and it just keeps on dazzling Philadelphia year after year. Go get into a springtime frame of mind!

The Flower Show runs from now until Sunday March 13, 2011

The 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show benefits PHS and is presented by PNC. PHS has 17,000 members throughout the country, offers hundreds of educational programs year-round, and is considered the nation’s leading authority on transforming communities through greening.

All proceeds from the Philadelphia International Flower Show, including tickets and sponsorship contributions, support The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and its acclaimed urban greening program, Philadelphia Green.

The Flower Show thanks it’s Sponsors: PNC, Subaru, Acme, EP Henry, Ireland, Bartlett Tree Experts, Mantis, Smith & Hawken, Channel 6 WPVI-TV, and Aramark.

For more information, check out http://www.theflowershow.com/.

Christine Tarlecki can be reached at engchik@gmail.com and on FaceBook, as well as on Twitter under engchik.

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Special Thanks to Janet Lynn of the PHS!