The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~ Hanna Rion
This week I joined 249,999 other people needing a cure for cabin fever. I made my annual pilgrimage to the International Philadelphia Flower Show. The world’s largest indoor flower show is a week-long exhibition of individual and club entries as well as full scale garden displays by professional landscapers and florists; each competing for the coveted Best in Show award. As a child and 4H member I had the privilege of participating in the show and took home a blue ribbon. All exhibits are forced into bloom for the show, making a breathtaking presentation. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, founded in 1827, hosts the event. The society sponsored the nation’s first flower show in Philadelphia in 1829.
This year’s theme is ‘Passport to the World’ and features Holland’s flower fields and New Zealand’s garden festival to name only two. The show also includes music, food and wine from around the world. There are ongoing workshops and a market place to help you get your garden started.
After walking all ten acres of the Convention Center, I purchased poet’s jasmine – so fragrant. Thomas noticed me admiring a stone fountain and decided it needed a home in my garden! I wish it were warm enough to install.
As I left the building, I silently bid my goodbyes and thanked the flowers for the inspiration. I heard them each whisper back: Soon.
I’m joining Kellie at Blessed Nest for a Spring Fling Party