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A planned trip to Philadelphia last weekend ended up with an impromptu visit to the Flower Show celebrating all that is British and it was indeed, brilliant!  Royal palace gates covered in English roses welcomed us and an allée of stately birch trees led us to Big Ben, standing tall among gardens beds filled with gorgeous hollyhocks, lupines, foxglove and more.

Rustic Roses

The best and brightest in the business competed in landscaping and floral arranging categories and captivated us with their imagination and creativity.  From a charming cricket cottage (life size) to the nursery at Hogwarts (miniature), each representation was spot on.


Bouquets of all shapes and sizes were interspersed between the landscaped gardens while larger displays like store windows and window boxes had their own special corner.  Even high school garden clubs took part in the exhibition and we were amazed by all the talent, young and old.


The Hamilton Horticourt was filled with award winning specimens that even we could be tempted to plant… and kill in the near future.  Our time at the Flower Show was magical and we only wish we had more time to spend amidst the botanical beauty!

Colorful Clematis

Going Green

Photos via yours truly (who really does need to put on her readers when using her iPhone to make sure the pictures are in focus!)


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  • Reply pve March 13, 2013 at 5:29 am

    So glad you were able to go~ A dear friend of mine went and was in awe of all the creativity.
    Terrariums, succulents, the orchids….she had so many photos to share. I feel as though I went.
    Hope your readers have pretty flowers on them~ Did you see Vicki Archer’s post on wearing flowers?

  • Reply The Enchanted Home March 13, 2013 at 6:23 am

    How fun! I love flower shows and get so inspired and to boot Philadelphia is such a great and historical city. Love the mini nursery at Hogwarts!

  • Reply Leslie March 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

    The little Hogwarts nursery is so cute! Great idea! Flower shows are so inspiring at this time of year. We just had our annual flower show here in Seattle .. I was disappointment that I missed it. It’s still too early to head to the nursery as we have more rain and freezing temperatures in the works. I’m anxious to get going. In the meantime, I’ll be bringing flowers inside!


  • Reply quintessence March 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Looks wonderful!! I would love to go this sometime – maybe next year we can carpool!! Even though, like you, I have a black thumb, I still love the beautiful inspiration!!

  • Reply Donna with A Designer's Perspective March 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I love all of these different vignettes of live plants. The Hogwarts nursery is adorable! Thanks for sharing this stop at the annual flower show. Great inspiration for gearing up for spring!


  • Reply stitchfork March 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Oh No!!! I was in Philly last weekend too! I would have zipped into the flower show in a heartbeat to search for you among the blooms!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips March 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Love that you got to attend the Flower Show. The Brit theme seemed inspired and timely!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply Meghan @ Wishful Thinking March 14, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Oh how I would love to go to a flower show right now, I really need to get motivated for spring. These pictures are fabulous! I especially love the rustic roses!

  • Reply KATHYSUE March 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Gorgeous images, I love flower shows. The garden show in San Francisco is always a feast for the eyes!! I really love the last image with the colors and textures, just beautiful,

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