Visiting the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show
Dispatch from mom! Our assistant editor's mom sent us snapshots and observations from the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs through this Sunday, March 13. Here's a look at one visitor's favorite displays and plants from this year's show.
Sarah Mustin Stockwell is a landscape designer and florist in Keene, New Hampshire, and a long-time reader and subscriber to GARDEN DESIGN. She also happens to be the mother of saveur.com's assistant editor, Anna Stockwell. When we heard from Anna that her mother attended the Philadelphia International Flower Show every year, we asked her to write a dispatch from this year's event, sharing with us some of her favorite moments.
For me, the snowy New Hampshire winter ends with my annual trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show. I’m originally from Philadelphia and my family has attended for decades, and I love continuing the tradition.
Every year the show provides me with a shocking immersion in the glories of spring. Of course, it's a staged and flamboyant exaggeration of the more timid shoots and buds that we normally think of as spring, but when I get home I am no longer fooled by my frozen garden. I know that spring is around the corner.