I attended the Philadelphia Flower Show yesterday.  I haven’t kept track of how many I’ve seen but I started in 1953.  There have been magical shows and there have been …. (yawnnnn, excuse me) …  other shows but this year was a winner.  I wasn’t thrilled with the arid landscapes that kept edging in under the Riviera idea but I guess they fit the theme.  In general I thought there were more exhibits overall than my last (2018) show, and that the Hort’s own commercial space was somewhat muted vs. 2018.  Good job, Hort!



I missed the 2019 show because of my medical condition.  My daughter Sigrid, offered to push me through this year’s show in my portable wheel chair.  I can walk around in my apartment and elsewhere for short walks but I just can’t walk very far;  hence the wheel chair which we carry in the car trunk.  So, she dropped me off in front of the Convention Center, parked the car and then got me through the show.

Here’s a typical show scene.  It looks as though we’re on the beach with the Mediterranean Sea behind us.  Imaginative.  I couldn’t pass by the boat.


I’ve never been a big fan of cell phone photography but, restraining my normal curmudgeonry, I’ve keep quiet about it.  For the show, however, I forgot my super-Captain-Whizbang-DSLR camera and fell back on my phone.  These are all phone images with Topaz and Photoshop polishing and I’m glad I had it.


Continuing with the Mediterranean influence there was this attention-grabbing display of sails with orchids as trim.


Colorful imagination created this scene symbolic of the pastel stucco apartments above the Med along the Cinque Terre (the Five Lands) which we enjoyed  a few years ago.  For example the next image below is of Vernazza along the Cinque Terre.  I think the only thing the PHS designers overlooked was the laundry hanging from windows.


I enjoyed the simplicity and symmetry of these pots against a sun-baked Mediterranean wall.


Continuing the Cinque Terre mode was this array of hydrangeas decorating the typical wedding cake array of apartments seen along the coast.  Below it and to the point is a scene  of Riomaggiore (again with laundry) as we cruised past on the Med.



But the best in show for me was this crumpled cellophane stream underlain with blue LED’s and bordered with flowers.  Not sure about the Riviera theme but I liked it.


I have eight other posts on the show which date back to 2010.  They are listed alphabetically in my index (under Flower Show) which you can access by clicking here.  They have been different as you can guess from this image from the 2010 show.


Thanks for visiting.





  1. Bonnie Says:

    Wonderful pix

  2. Diane Emerson Says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful day. Lovely photos! 🙂

  3. Jane Weston Says:

    Always a treat-thanks Ralph!

  4. Elizabeth Jackson Says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have yet to see any of the flower shows as I shy away from crowds. Keep on wheeling and snapping that shutter.

  5. denisebushphoto Says:

    The Flower Show is just one of the things I miss so thanks for sharing your images! Glad you got to go. I remember how much you have always enjoyed it.

  6. Jenn Says:

    Always glad for your artistic eye and commentary. And thanks for saving me the sneezing trip of seeing it all first hand 😉🌸💕

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