Friday, March 6, 2009

Philadelphia Flower Show

This post is my personal opinion only. It in no way reflects the views of Rutgers Gardens or any of its staff. I am not a spokesperson for Rutgers Gardens.

I was able to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show this year thanks to my fellow Straw Hatter, A. She graciously offered to drive knowing that I get way too nervous driving in cities and just the thought of trying to find a place to park sends me into a full-fledged panic attack. Thanks, A!

I was very apprehensive after the disappointing NJ Flower Show but once we stepped into the hall, all of my fears were banished by the breathtaking displays. I didn’t have just one or two “wow” moments. Almost every garden evoked multiple “wows” from me.

The cavernous darkness was no impediment to my camera but the crowds were. Again, lacking a tripod and this time constantly jostled by the crowds, I wasn’t able to hold the camera still enough for long enough to capture the crisp images that I was seeking. I did play around a little with it and came up with this Photo of the Day:

A fun shot of a lily.

The theme of the show was Bella Italia. The display gardens for the most part stayed on topic.

Some of the designers, though, were a little geographically-challenged. This one went too far north and ended up in Ireland:

And right next door, another one veered south and landed in the Mediterranean:

Wait, don’t tell me. Seahorse, right?

By far the most popular exhibit was a tribute to the Italian fashion industry. It was so crowded, that it was nearly impossible to photograph.

Like last year, my favorite was the topiary Dog Park. This little fella was just begging to have his picture taken:

You can see all of my photos of the Philadelphia Flower Show on Flickr.


Tina said...

You know, if I hadn't looked a little closer at the pic background, and you hadn't said it was a seahorse, I would have sworn it was a rooster! lol.

OldRoses said...

Tina, I know that I'm dating myself, but the "Under the Sea" song from the Little Mermaid kept playing in my head as I walked around that garden.

lynn'sgarden said...

I loved the fashion area with the gowns and shoes and the topiaries too..really cool! Thanks for sharing :)

OldRoses said...

Lynn, everyone seemed to like the shoes. I loved the hats!

Seasonal Wisdom said...

Very interesting. Especially liked the Irish garden. Thanks for sharing.