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. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Unlisted Philadelphia: Smith Memorial Arch

Unlisted Philadelphia: Smith Memorial Arch

March 29, 2017  |  Unlisted Philadelphia

Architectural illustrator Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not protected on the local register with his series, Unlisted Philadelphia. In this installment, a grand gateway to an urban park paradise > more

Archeologists Dish Up Dirt On Philly History Under I-95

Archeologists Dish Up Dirt On Philly History Under I-95

March 28, 2017  |  News

Contributor Jared Brey takes us under the overpass and down in the trenches of the 95 Revive archeological excavation where field workers are piecing together centuries of lost Philadelphia history > more

The Gallery: Finally The Destination Ed Bacon Hoped For?

The Gallery: Finally The Destination Ed Bacon Hoped For?

March 23, 2017  |  Vantage

PREIT's transformation of The Gallery into an upscale shopping outlet promises to be the suburban-minded downtown destination that the first mall failed to deliver. Contributor Chris Giuliano takes a look at the redevelopment of East Market and Edmond Bacon's original plan. > more

New Life For An Old Coal Country Outpost In Society Hill

New Life For An Old Coal Country Outpost In Society Hill

March 20, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow takes a stroll down to Society Hill where business is stirring at an old 19th century coal company headquarters after 12 years of vacancy > more

New Exhibition Gives Movement To The Philadelphia School

New Exhibition Gives Movement To The Philadelphia School

March 17, 2017  |  Buzz

Two fans of Modernism re-evaluate architectural history with the exhibition, "What Was the Philadelphia School?" > more

Tracking The Evolution Of Industry At 34th And Grays Ferry

Tracking The Evolution Of Industry At 34th And Grays Ferry

March 16, 2017  |  Vantage

The site of Penn's new riverside research campus has a long, decorated history of industrial enterprise. Contributor Madeline Helmer dives deep into the backstory > more