Philly Flower Show offers glimpse of UK gardens

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013
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Stoney Bank Nurseries took a more rural path with its version of Hidcote Manor, a property in the rural Cotswolds once owned by a prominent plant collector. The exhibit uses hundreds of perennials like lupines, delphiniums and irises to re-create "the epitome of the Arts and Crafts garden," which favored natural plants in less formal arrangements, nursery founder Jack Blandy said.

More than 270,000 people are expected to converge on the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the event, which runs through March 10. Billed as the world's largest indoor flower show, it's also one of the oldest, dating back to 1829.

The event includes plant judging, workshops, lectures and floral arranging competitions. A "British Village," featuring U.K. vendors and merchandise, will exhibit photos of the royal family's many visits to the Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Chris Woods, who designed the grand entrance installation in Philadelphia, was born and raised in London before coming to the U.S. in 1981. He described gardening as a national pastime in his native country, and noted it is quickly becoming one in America as well.

"It's regarded not only as a hobby in England, but a legitimate art form," Woods said.

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If You Go...

PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW: Opens Saturday and runs through March 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $15 for children to up to $32 for adults, depending on the day and point of purchase. Details and hours can be found at www.theflowershow.com.

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