Who can forget Michael Petrie’s fabulous exhibit at the 2011 Flower Show? Known for his beautiful creations comprised of objets trouves (found objects), Petrie’s works are one-of-a-kind and blur the line between trash and treasure.
You can see his affinity for found objects at Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens, located in Downingtown, PA. You can also learn more about his aesthetic approach in this philly.com article.
As he says, “Art is put into a garden because you have a connection to it. Garden art should have soul. It should have personality. You can’t just go out and buy stuff and plunk it in your yard.” Read the article, and check out past blogs on this renaissance garden artist!
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That’s right, the Philadelphia International Flower Show is saying ALOHA to Hawaii with our 2012 theme!
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Malamapono a hui hou!
Today is a big deal! We’ve been blogging about it for months, and now it’s here! The Race Street Pier will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 pm today. This is your chance to see the nearly-ready park (located at Race St. and Delaware Ave.) for yourself.
From the beginning, Race Street Pier was designed to be your park. PHS, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., and their partners met with local residents and other stakeholders to determine what the public wanted for this green space.
Don’t miss this historic ceremony, and be sure to visit the Pier throughout the spring and summer. For fun details, click here for a philly.com article.
The Reading Viaduct, an abandoned elevated railway located in the Callowhill and Chinatown North neighborhoods, is ready to become a park in the sky. This initiative, which started in 2003, hopes to build sustainable business opportunities and a green tourist destination by creating a recreational pathway for both cyclists and pedestrians. The railway also provides rare panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline.
Hear from PHS President Drew Becher on the importance of urban green space in this ABC News clip that highlights the Reading Viaduct project.
This year’s Party in the Garden, formerly known as the Azalea Garden Party, is receiving a makeover thanks to the innovative designs of David Fierabend and Groundswell Design Group. If the name sounds familiar, you likely remember David from his work on Talula’s Garden, Stephen Starr’s latest Philadelphia Restaurant. This Zagat article details the restaurant’s extraordinary atmosphere.
David also made his debut as a Flower Show exhibitor this year, creating a breathtaking interpretation of Monet’s Allée that wowed visitors, judges, and several estate owners who have asked for recreations on their properties.
Beyond David’s handiwork, the Party in the Garden offers fun family programs from the Please Touch Museum and live music. (Plus it’s an excuse to wear bright spring colors and over-sized sunglasses!) The Party in the Garden will take place on May 4. To purchase event tickets, click here.
As Prince William and Kate Middleton count down the days until their I do’s, the participants in the Royal Wedding Bouquet Challenge are waiting for YOUR votes!
Click here to view the selections and cast your vote. You have until Friday, April 29 to be entered to win a floral arrangement inspired by one the beautiful bouquets. Good luck!