Speechless Sunday -- Philadelphia Flower Show - Lights, Camera, Bloom

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Real Estate Agent with UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA RS193539L

The Philadelphia International Flower Show has always been one of the most beautiful and artistic events you could ever see. By far, the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s show has always been my most favorite event of the year.

 

I've been to a dozen flowers shows in Philadelphia, but never visited  on a weekend, this was my first time and will, without a doubt, be the last.  The crowds were suffocating.  According to show organizers visits among children and students doubled, obviously because of the Disney theme.


Flower Show CollageThis year, the “movie” theme was impressive even though all the displays were Disney flicks. The flower designs for “Cinderella” and “Frozen” were incredibly overwhelming and amazing.

 

Many of the displays, while stunningly breathtaking, were hardly anything one could get an idea or two about and duplicate at home. Some displays were merely blocks of the same spring bulbs we all have at home-no creative use or design. Some of the retail kiosks (window sales) left me scratching my head wondering "What does this have to do with horticulture?"

 

That being said, I feel that The Philadelphia Flower Show is moving away from the true underlying theme of the show which is horticultural and moving more towards commercialism.

 

Call me old-fashioned--call me sentimental--I actually love plants and gardening. I don't need to see the glitz! I come to the show to see vast areas of rose bushes, tulips, hyacinths and daffodils all lovingly arranged and displayed by real horticulturalists, not car dealerships and remodeling companies.

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Comments (15)

Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I think we could both use a fix of beautiful garden displays. Wisteria is blooming here, blossom trees are still lovely, spring bulbs are up and spreading their cheer.  A good garden show is a treasure; hope yours returns to its roots next year.

Mar 08, 2015 03:56 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bette. I saw parts of this on QVC over the weekend. I am a purest too and think the commercialism ruins it.

Mar 09, 2015 01:13 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Bette, isn't Philadelphia known for both flower shows and dog shows? 

Mar 09, 2015 11:27 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Bette Gottwald ,  That seems to be the theme of everything nowadays "Commercialism"  It's a shame!

Mar 13, 2015 12:08 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

When they continue with the themes it does tend to take it away from the sole beauty of the plants and flowers and muddies the water. The creativity is astounding.

Mar 13, 2015 12:47 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
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Lottie, the snow is almost gone, now there's nearly three months of dog poop!

Mar 13, 2015 12:47 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
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Sheila, It was disappointing to see fewer exhibits and more vendors.

Mar 13, 2015 12:48 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
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Patricia, Oh yes, Philadelphia is known for dog shows as well, but best known for Cheese Steaks IMHO.

Mar 13, 2015 12:49 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Larry, Yes, it seems commercialism is what makes the world go round.

Mar 13, 2015 12:50 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Debbie, The themes are creative and even if juvenile, I still enjoy them.  The commercialism is annoying.

Mar 13, 2015 12:56 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

The Philadelphia Flower Show is really nice Bette. I could have some fun with my camera, I love photographing Mother Nature. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 13, 2015 02:06 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

On our last trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, we purchased a back pack full of dahlia tubers.

Mar 17, 2015 10:30 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
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Noah, unfortunately it was very difficult to take photos this year, it was terribly crowded.

Mar 17, 2015 10:39 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
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Roy, I never leave the show empty handed.  This year I hit the market and came home with two huge bags of produce.

Mar 17, 2015 10:40 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Yes.... I too wonder what does this have to do with the theme of this show! You just see it everywhere. Oh well we are all in it to make money.

Mar 27, 2015 03:13 AM

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