The portal into the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual indoor extravaganza of Spring is always a grand theatrical affair that sets the stage for the delights of the show. This year Holland’s Flowering the World and the hall is filled with references to the Dutch landscape, from its canals to its windmills to the seemingly endless kaleidoscope of its tulip fields in bloom. And Dutch culture and food. Can we say, beer and Bitterballen? All best taken in by bicycle, of course. It also showcases the country’s powerful and influential modern flower and plant industry. Pass the Entrance Garden and you’ll be delighted by the work of the many exhibitors pulling together the various elements of Holland in their vibrant designs. Along with many locals, be on the lookout for the extraordinary floral talents of some of the Netherlands’ leading contemporary designers, such as Nico Wissing, Bart Hoes, Carrie Preston and Bart Bresser. So let’s grab a bike and ride on into the show!
Contrasting Cohesion from Stoney Brook Nurseries of Glenn Mills. Pennsylvania.
Spring’s Bounty from Burke Brothers Landscape Design/Build of Windmoore, Pennsylvania.
Composition from J. Downend Landscaping, Inc., of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.
Stinze from Studio Toop / Carrie Preston of the Netherlands.
De Stijl - The Style from Micheal Petrie’s Handmade Gardens of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Inner Waters from Mark Cook Landscape & Contracting of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
A Hint of Whimsey from Irwin Landscaping of Hockessin, Delaware.
The Sustainable Roof Garden from Green Architecture by Bart Hoes, the Netherlands.
PEDALS: The White Bike Plan from Schaffer Designs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Culture van Holland from the American Institute of Floral Designers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Time for an intermission. Get some rest. Get some food. Believe it or not, there’s still lots more to cover. Lots!