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Around Town : Philly in bloom

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The other week I had the rare opportunity of getting out of the office to see the Philadelphia International Flower Show.  It was the perfect day trip from New York, just over an hour by train. The highly attended event dates way back to the 1820s. I briskly walked by most of the floral and landscape displays, but on occasion I would find myself stopped dead in my tracks, slack-jawed at what was before me. The scale of cultural themed presentations made me think of Epcot meets the Tournament of Roses Parade. I was most impressed with the prize winning plants and had some good finds in the Market Place. I also had a chance to introduce myself to Kathleen Gagan of Peony's Envy (giggity) who I knew was coming on our show. Her segment aired yesterday. Check it out on our website if you missed it.

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Apparently Snuffleupagus moonlights

1 Apparently Snuffleupagus moonlights

Up up and away

2 Up up and away

The moss and succulent mound here was really interesting

3 The moss and succulent mound here was really interesting

Namaste

4 Namaste

More from India

5 More from India

New Zealand water feature

6 New Zealand water feature

These hanging vases were effective in mass

7 These hanging vases were effective in mass

This was part of an

8 This was part of an "urban" installation of gloriosa lilies, colored cable-ties, and fluorescent painted willow branches

One of two avant-garde pieces inside freight containers I photographed.

9 One of two avant-garde pieces inside freight containers I photographed.

.... and this was the other.

10 .... and this was the other.

Ok, this photo may not capture it, but this was the coolest thing I saw there. It was an entire landscape of flowers suspended from a grid above. Starting with Delphiniums as the ocean in the foreground and Dusty Miller for the snow capped mountains in back.

11 Ok, this photo may not capture it, but this was the coolest thing I saw there. It was an entire landscape of flowers suspended from a grid above. Starting with Delphiniums as the ocean in the foreground and Dusty Miller for the snow capped mountains in back.

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Variegated foxtail fern. Amazing!

13 Variegated foxtail fern. Amazing!

Incredible succulent

14 Incredible succulent

Kathleen's booth. What an incredible variety and the sweetest person

15 Kathleen's booth. What an incredible variety and the sweetest person

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