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

Nathaniel Popkin is co-founder of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (with Peter Woodall and Joseph E.B. Elliott) and two novels, Everything is Borrowed and Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of Who Will Speak for America, an anthology forthcoming in June 2018, and the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."



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