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Philadelphia Flower Show 2017: Just a Peek

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“There’s no shortage of art in this city or in there.”

My tour guide friend’s words as he came out of the Flower Show are no exaggeration, and I can definitely say that this year’s Flower Show easily beats out last year’s rather lackluster national parks–themed displays.

I tried my hand at identifying the varieties of tulip — sources often break down Tulipa into 15 or so main categories. The following I tentatively ID’d, the Fringed variety being my absolute favorite. See if you can find them all at the Flower Show!

Of course, you won’t find the original “Rembrandt” variety of Tulipa, those tulips that looked as though they had been artfully painted by…well, not Rembrandt, because he didn’t paint flowers. But let’s say Monet.

The breath-taking, streaked tulips we see in paintings of old were a result of a virus, which, although it made beautiful and valuable, sought-after bulbs during the height of Tulipmania, made the flower’s stem weak and stunted and is now no longer commercially available. (But thanks to genetic modification and cultivation, a similar kind is available.)

While I went around and tried to identify the main varieties of tulips, I was also excited to see in real life plants I’ve only seen in pictures, such as Gaura lindheimeri, Snakeshead Fritillary, Trifolium repens, some beautiful California cedars, and more.

Later this week, I’ll explore more with my family the educational exhibits, such as the “Ecodome” and smaller terrarium and sculpture displays. In the meantime, if you’re in need of something indoors and with a burst of color, head to the Convention Center before the show ends this Sunday (and stop at the Independence Visitor Center to get discounted tickets!).




Written by Robin Lee Dunlap

March 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

The 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

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This month in Philadelphia, the International Flower Show will kick off from March 5—13 with this year’s theme “Explore America”, and I’ll not only be working there as part of my job but also visiting with my arch nemesis/biological sister.

I have high expectations for this year and have been researching the flora found in the parks being represented at the botanical bonanza event celebrating “100 years of National Park Service”. Well, in fact, I’ve made up a list of the fantastical flora I hope to be on display from the parks chosen to be a part of the show:

Yosemite National Park

Snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea)

Snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea)

Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea)

Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)

Henderson’s shooting star (Dodecatheon hendersonii)

Harlequin Lupine (Lupinus stiversii)

Valley Forge National Park

Nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

Spotted Wintergreen/Pipsissewa (Chimaphila maculate)

Indian cucumber-root (Medeola virginiana)

Nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

Nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

Yellowstone National Park

Striped Coral-Root (Corallorhiza striata)

Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa)

Hooded Ladies-Tresses (Spiranthes spiralis)

Other parks being highlighted include Acadia and Cape Cod, Shenandoah, and “everything from the Everglades to Hawaii’s Volcano National Park”, according to The Trentonian, a New Jersey publication that seems to have a better idea of what’s going on in Philadelphia than the adolescent-led Philadelphia Business Journal.

Striped Coral-Root (Corallorhiza striata)

Striped Coral-Root (Corallorhiza striata)

My dream list above is far from what I really think will be featured at the event, which will most likely boast the usual display of chrysanthemums,

But perhaps this is also a chance for the Park Service to demonstrate what it is they actually do and its illustrious and hard-fought history in preserving America’s lands home to these botanical beauties.

Also: Read an article by a Flower Show veteran and exhibitor here.

Written by Robin Lee Dunlap

March 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm