Race Street Pier is Almost Ready!

The Race Street Pier is racing to be ready by opening day, May 12.  This waterfront destination will feature an upper-level promenade and a lower-level green terrace featuring plenty of trees and lawn to relax, exercise, and meet with friends. We can’t wait to see it!

Earlier this week, 75 special guests in hardhats were invited on a tour of the in-progress park. Check out the PHS Facebook page for photos—be sure to hit the “like” button to stay in the loop.

A big thanks to Edward Savaria for this great photo.

It’s Not Too Late to LOVE Your Park!

Making an impact on your community can be easy.  Become a part of LOVE Your Park Day by volunteering a few hours of your time on the morning of April 16 at your neighborhood park or recreation center.  It’s not too late to get involved!

Not sure what parks need your help? Click here for a listing.  Then register here. If you want to hang with the PHS Young Friends, head to Chew Playground (Ellsworth Street between 18th and 19th streets).

Let’s break a record: Last year’s LOVE Your Park Day gathered 2, 350 volunteers who donated more than 8,000 hours at more than 90 regional parks!

Philadelphia LandCare Program Recognition

PHS is honored to announce that the Philadelphia LandCare Program, coordinated by PHS and funded by the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development, has been chosen as a Bright Idea recipient.

The Bright Idea awards, selected by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, recognize organizations which address pressing public issues through creative, pioneering programming.

The LandCare Program works to transform trash-strewn, idle parcels of land by adding trees, wood fences, and well-maintained lawns in order to increase the economic progress and revitalize the quality of life in these neighborhoods.

In the words of Deborah McColloch, director of OHCD, “LandCare is lifting up some of Philadelphia’s most distressed communities and providing jobs for neighborhood residents.”

Interested in learning more? Check out the Community LandCare Groups on the PHS website, or learn more about the program here.

Macy’s Flower Show, Now through April 10!

The Macy's Flower Show in 2009

Need more Flower Show in your life? Check out Towers of Flowers at the Center City Macy’s store, happening now through April 10.  Scattered throughout various departments, Towers of Flowers is a grand presentation of both bucolic blooms and ultramodern floral monuments. Several of our own Philadelphia International Flower Show exhibitors are taking part in the Macy’s Show, so check it out.

Burke Brothers Landscape Contractors created several hydrangea displays for the Show, located around the famed Wanamaker eagle statue. Six Flower Show floral designers are also lending their talents to create “Bouquets of the Day.” They are:

  • Armas Koehler & Bailey Hale of MODA botanica
  • Michael Bruce of Michael Bruce Florist
  • Barb King of Valley Forge Flowers
  • Bill Schaffer of Schaffer Designs
  • Donna O’Brien of Beautiful Blooms
  • Jamie Rothstein of Jamie Rothstein Distinctive Floral Design

Admire the beauty, take some photos, and–hey–do some spring shopping!

Plant One Million Across the Tri-State Area!

The Plant One Million initiative extends way beyond the city limits; volunteers are needed in the entire tri-state area!

Tree-planting teams can be found throughout Delaware and New Jersey and they are always looking for some new recruits. April planting days are scheduled in…

  • Townsend, Delaware at The Blackbird Creek Reserve
  • Pine Creek, Delaware near Smithmill and Polly Drummond Hill Roads
  • Camden, New Jersey near Broadway and Fillmore Streets

And that’s just a small sampling. Find more information on these tree plantings and others in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania by consulting the map for Plant One Million.

PHS, Art Reach, and Extra-Special Flower Show Guests

The Flower Show sends its thanks to Art Reach, a non-profit organization that brings arts and cultural opportunities to Philadelphia’s underserved audiences, including those with disabilities or financial hardships.

This year, through a partnership with PHS and Art Reach, many Springtime in Paris tickets were donated to those who otherwise would be unable to attend.

A line in one of the many thank-you letters reads,

“The members [of The Consortium’s Seeds of Hope Program] who attended were very intrigued and excited about the opportunity given them.  Many of them have never attended the Flower Show before…They were able to feel more included in the community through your generous donation of tickets.”

Our pleasure!

Chef Rocco Lugrine’s Decadent Macaron Recipe

The mouth-watering confections of Chef Rocco Lugrine wowed Flower Show crowds. Now is your chance to test your culinary skills by trying this popular recipe at home. Whether you spell it macaron or macaroon, you’ll agree this is a tasty treat! 

Chocolate Macaron with Caramel Sea Salt Ganache

Chocolate Macaron

  • Whip 5.5 oz of egg whites with 3 oz of granulated sugar until firm peak
  • Sift together 10 oz powdered sugar, 5.5 oz almond flour, and 1.25 oz cocoa powder
  • Fold the sifted powders into the whipped egg whites until smooth
  • Pipe 1-inch onto a silicon-baking mat
  • Bake at 300F for 14-15 minutes

Caramel Sea Salt Ganache

  • Caramelize 7 oz of sugar
  • Add 13 oz of heavy whipping cream slowly, taking caution to prevent the caramel from seizing
  • Boil the caramel and pour over 15 oz of 64% dark chocolate and 9 oz of 38% milk chocolate
  • Make an emulsion
  • Pipe onto 1/2 of the macaron shells, then sandwich them together
  • Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Sandwich shells together and enjoy!

Unique Vendors in the Marketplace, Part 2

Here are even more great Marketplace vendors. We wish we could profile them all; there’s so much cool stuff to be had!

Earth Saver Wind Sculpture (701)

Bud Scheffel, owner and operator of Earth Saver Wind Sculpture, is an artist based out of Shokan, NY, specializing in one-of-a-kind wind sculptures, suncatchers, and mobiles.  Inspired by nature and his extensive international travel (including Paris, Milan, Tokyo, and Japan!), a majority of Bud’s pieces are reclaimed or recycled materials.  With a background in math, physics, and advertising, Bud says that his comprehension of these fields as well as design helps him to create his sculptures.

You can find Earth Saver Wind Sculpture in booth 701 at the Show, or through his website.

Jerry Fritz Garden Design, Inc. (229)

Jerry Fritz of Linden Hill Gardens calls himself a landscape craftsman; with his extensive fan base, appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, and first-place prize at the Flower Show, we have to agree!  While Jerry featured an exhibit at the Show in 2000, this is his first year as a Marketplace vendor.  With extensive knowledge of gardening and landscaping, Jerry lectures and is the proprietor of Jerry Fritz Garden Design Inc.  Pictured here with his prized snow drops, Jerry can’t wait to come back next year!

Stop by booth 229 to pick up your snow drop, or head over to the Linden Hill Gardens website.

Trees Company (307)

Trees Co. is celebrating their 25th year at the Flower Show, featuring the unique metal works of self-taught artist, Rob Hagarty.  Working with two materials, copper clad steel wire and silver wire with gold enamel plating, Rob skillfully crafts each piece by hand in a variety of tree shapes and sizes, from 18 inches all the way to 60 inches!  The center of the photographed showcases Rob’s prized African Acacia tree sculpture.  Inspired by a photo his daughter took at an African safari, Rob duplicated the tree right down to the limbs chewed off by giraffes!

You’ll find Trees Co. in booth 307, but after the Show, check out their website.

Unique Vendors in the Marketplace, Part 1

Here’s a look at just some of the many amazing Marketplace vendors at the Flower Show. A Flower Show visit is incomplete without a leisurely stroll (or, depending on your shopping style, a mad dash) through the Marketplace.

Courtney Design (415)

Courtney Design is a perennial favorite among Flower Show guests. Featuring one-of-a-kind pieces, owner Courtney Peterson along with her husband, Lee, design and handcraft each of their unique earrings, bracelets, pendants, and brooches out of a variety of materials, including sterling silver, brass, and 14K gold.  Courtney and Lee pride themselves on creating unexpected items, including their Big Shot Bunny pin, an upscale rabbit drinking a martini with a cigar in hand. A visitor standing nearby eagerly chimed in, “their pieces are spectacular, every time I look at the board, I see something new.”

Be sure to stop by their booth, 415; after the Flower Show, you can find them at their website.

Hudson Beach Glass (314)

A third generation glass studio located in Philadelphia, Hudson Beach Glass produces one-of-a-kind glass blown items.  Hudson produced items specifically for the Flower Show, including dome vases and modular terrariums that stack upon one another.  Their booth at the show, 314, features glass from not only their studio, but from American artisans all over the country.

Stop by for some amazing deals, as Hudson Beach Glass has special Flower Show sales going on until Sunday.  After the Show, you can check out their website and calendar for local events!

Randolph Rose Collection (521, 523, 620, 622)

Starting in 1972, this third generation family company specializes in bronze sculpture and fountain design.  Their sculptures range from animals and children to completely customized pieces, and the owners pride themselves on excellent customer service and skillful craftsmanship.  Their work can be seen not only across the country, but across the world!

Don’t miss their large booth at the Flower Show, occupying spaces 521, 523, 620, and 622; their Show special offers 40% off of all pieces.  And, don’t worry, they will ship anywhere in the U.S. or abroad!  If you don’t get a chance to meet the Roses at the Show, head to their website for more information.