I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show was disappointing. With a theme like Springtime in Paris it should have been filled with romantic, eccentric, fashionable gardens. I go for the show gardens. Sure they’re more theater than garden, but these mostly lacked the theater. There was little originality, less vision and plenty of blooming azaleas.
Being a hardcore Francophile–I speak French, have lived there and have visited Paris on more than one occasion–all I saw were so many missed opportunities. Did we really need a fake Eiffel Tower or a press board Boulangerie? Only one garden ‘got’ it completely, two others partially and the rest well…Je m’ennuyais à mort.
What was fabulous was Groundswell’s Allee of Pleached ‘Trees’. Imaginative, over the top, timely and original.
A floral designer, Susan Krabill, paid homage to the underground ghoulish Paris…
and two of the obsessive types who make jewelry (Hollis Bauer) and objects (Mary Pressly) out of seed pods were pretty great.
So was this edible window box from the students at the Barnes Foundation Arboretum.
The rest well, I’ve already said my piece.