Posted March 2013 by Helen Blakey Flowers
Here in Toronto, on this grey snowy day, it’s hard to believe it’s the 1st day of spring 2013. I know I’m growing impatient for the snow and ice to vanish, the ground to thaw and the trees to bud. That’s why Garden and Flower shows are a welcome diversion this time of year. Many impatient gardeners sought out the spring vibes and gardening inspiration at Canada Blooms last week.
There are many regional garden shows around the world. I have always dreamed of making it to the elegant and refined Chelsea Garden Show on the banks of the Thames in London. While 11 acres of show gardens sounds spectacular in comparison to our now combined Garden and “Home Show”, it is dwarfed compared to the 33 acres of exhibits and major display gardens of the Grand daddy of Garden shows,
Billed as the oldest and largest indoor garden show, for 182 years, the Philadelphia Flower Show has enthralled visitors from around the globe with stunning displays celebrating the beauty of plants and the art of gardening.
2013 celebrates the theme “Brilliant”, capturing the majestic beauty and creative inspiration of Great Britain. Displays at this year’s Flower Show will pay tribute to centuries of inspiring, influential design of London.
Visitors will be greeted by the scent of thousands of English roses at the Royal palace gates, which open to the show’s grand centerpiece: a sculptural, digitally enhanced rendition of Big Ben, complete with an hourly light and sound show.
The main exhibits will focus on Britain’s heritage and culture including Royal events, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, foggy London street scapes, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes and Beatles inspired Gardens. Also on offer are internationally renowned speakers, informative demonstrations, music and dance performances, wine and spirits tastings and more than 150 vendors.
This spectacular event has definitely been added to my bucket list.