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Flowers and Beyond: Highlights from the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show

I'm sitting in my booth at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show on day 6 of 9 and its snowing big fat snowflakes outside! That's to be expected, it usually snows a little every year. What better opportunity to write a quick blog entry about this long running event which celebrates all things horticultural, culinary and design.

       



I first exhibited in the Marketplace 5 years ago and found it to be a perfect place to meet new flower loving customers. Annual visitors stop by wearing their favorite pieces they've purchased through the years. I so enjoy seeing that and showing them whats new on the display. Since I've started creating one of a kind pieces my customers are really enjoying seeing what is new each year. This year I have sold 4 one of a kind pieces!

                             


Since I am here for over a week I usually spend some time every day going very slowly through the exhibits. I get a lot of inspiration from this event and fill my sketch book pages while I am here. The main exhibits are large themed installations by landscape and floral designers competing for top honors. There are smaller plant, flower arrangement, table scape, window box, pressed plant art, bonsai, Ikebana and botanical illustration competitions and exhibits throughout the show.

                                      
Each day industry experts and top designers deliver seminars on their passions. There are three simultaneous education spaces with beautiful stages. Presenters educate the crowds on everything from the latest garden to table culinary delights, floral design trends, classic design principles, landscape installation, fine pruning, and all things horticultural. I try to catch a few each year.


Best of all, this event benefits the Philadelphia Horticultural Society founded in 1827 which has benefited the community through wonderful programs. In reading their brochure hand out, I was amazed to learn that they have planted over 487,977 trees, donated 280,000 pounds of produce through "City Harvest", offered 850 people workforce readiness training through "Roots to Re-entry", maintain over 8,000 city lots and trained 2,700 PHS Garden Tenders.

Come find us in booth #1003 or shop anytime www.inbloomjewelry.com

Visit www.theflowershow.com for details

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