Saturday, March 12, 2011

Philadelphia Flowergasm

To celebrate my birthday, my Mom took me to the Philadelphia Flower Show. I have always wanted to go but never got around to it until yesterday. OMG, it was the most amazing thing ever!
When we got there, they had a huge area set up for wine and alcohol tasting (fyi, rootbeer liquor + whipped cream vodka = awesome). Then we went to Reading Terminal Market for a much needed bite to eat (also so we would remember we went to the flower show after all that liquor).

This is the first thing you see when you walk in the doors, so beautiful!
Flowers everywhere, and the smell was heavenly.
 The theme this year is Springtime in Paris.

Have you ever seem a flower bouquet so large?

The epitome of romance.

Phantom display set up complete with music.

Zebra mallow and black eyed susans, some favorites.

I would LOVE to have this little bistro building!
The carousel set up in the background was entirely made up of flowers and plants.

I loved this recycled materials wall of plants and birdhouses!

Another trashy masterpiece, one of several vignettes made with garbage. When the spotlight was shown on it, it looks like a can-can dancer!

I love this old car buried in a garden setting.

There were so many plants displayed for judging from orchids to window boxes to topiaries.

My favorite display was 'Paris Underground'. Loads of skulls and flowers.

Roses made out of newspaper on this old bicycle.

Anemones in test tubes tied to a fence.

Very cool jewelry made entirely out of dried plant material.
This dragonfly necklace was a blue ribbon winner.

This is what Robyn S. Spagnolo used to make this necklace.
I wonder if you could wear it or if it was just for show.

Even hats and dresses with flowers and leaves.

The vendors had me wishing I was rich!
I would love to see this whirligig in motion!

Back on the train to head home.
Thank you Philadelphia!


De la Renaissance said...

A happy birthday to you! Oh how so very wonderful Jen!!! A dream event for gardeners and plant lovers!!! Gorgeous!!

Robin Larkspur said...

What a wonderful birthday present! Glorious photos!

Deborah Adams,Long Beach, California. said...

Oh my gosh! What a feast for the eyes!!! The displays are beautiful and thank you so much for sharing!
Happy Birthday, by the way! :-)
~ Deb

LuLu Kellogg said...

OK, I am putting this on my list to do next amazing! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures with us!


Carolee said...

I told you, I told you, lol!!! It's been a few years since I've made it, and it's doubtful I could walk the whole thing these days, but there's absolutely nothing like the Philadelphia Flower Show, *sigh*...

Flowergasm, indeed, lol!

~ Carolee

Laume said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I could smell the flowers and hear the French being spoken just scrolling through your post!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Happy birthday! mouth was hanging open the entire post - everything looks so amazing!

Marydon said...

Everyone got to go, but me. Just gorgeous. Love these kinds of spring delights.

Happy St. Paddy's Day ~
Have a beautiful weekend ~


Studio at the Farm said...

A very Happy Birthday, Jennifer. Thank you for posting these photos. It's an absolute east for the eyes and the soul. And thank your mom for taking you , so you could post these pictures.

Lin said...

WOW. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos of this event. Wish I was there to see (and smell) it in person!

Meghann LittleStudio said...

WOW! I will have to remember that! If I am ever able to travel that far for a flower show, that would be the one to go to! The smell must just have been extraordinary. Makes me kind of ashamed at my simple gardens, LOL. Thank you so much for sharing, great photos as always!

Jennifer Rose said...

what a wonderful looking show! so many gorgeous things to covet!

Jessie McCandless said...

Thanks so much for sharing--what a visual treat! It's amazing how creative some people are. My favorite are the red filters on the mirror frames--so whimsical!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What an amazing way to celebrate your birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day - it certainly looks like you did! I'd LOVE to be surrounded by all those flowers and would really love to see that dragonfly necklace in person. Theresa

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Ohhhh! So gorgeous! Lucky you! What a wonderful present~