Bloody Right! Flower Show Is Here

 

Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

The world’s largest flower show opens for previews tomorrow (and then to the public on Saturday). While workers finished displays last night for “Brilliant,” members of the press strolled around snapping photos and taking notes. The theme this year is Britain–and indeed there’s hardly an Anglophile theme left out (yellow submarines included). This year marks the first for the widespread use of the Horticultural Society’s new moniker, the simplified PHS, and for its new Hamilton Horticourt, funded by longtime Flower Show benefactor Dodo Hamilton. PHS president Drew Becher has made a priority of returning the organization and the show to its roots in commercial horticulture. Can Philadelphia reassert its role as a horticulture industry innovator? Becher thinks so; one step in that direction is the “New Plant Showcase” at this year’s show.

Yellow Submarine | Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

Yellow Submarine | Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

Organic Mechanics' Mark Highland | Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

Organic Mechanics’ Mark Highland | Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

PHS plant display | Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

PHS plant display | Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

PHS plant display | Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

PHS plant display | Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. His essays and book reviews appear in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, and Fanzine.



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