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Fresh Back from the Philadelphia Flower Show!

I'm back from the Philadelphia Flower Show and I have to say that I
was not disappointed. The theme this year is Bella Italia and anyone that knows me knows that Italy is my favorite destination!
This year I was lucky enough to have been asked to be a judge! I represented an award given out by the Society of American Florists, of which I am a member. Our judging began at 8:30 am sharp on the morning of the preview day and it was great fun to be able to see everything up close and with no crowds. My wonderful husband was kind enough to drive me in to the city and then keep himself busy for a few hours during the judging.

Afterwards, he and I were able to spend about 1/2 hour walking the show. The final judging was happening but the show was not yet open for the preview afforded the members of the Horticultural Society. It was wonderful to try to take it all in before the crowds streamed in.

One of my favorite displays was the one that represented Milan and was created by AIFD members. Each of the regions of Italy had their own area and Milan is known for their fashion, of course! Dresses, jewelry, hats and even shoes were all created using flowers. This display was judged to be the best of the show and I'm not surprised!


I also really enjoyed the "Day at the Spa" and "Atlantic" displays. Each were done by very talented floral shops that transported you from the show to their glorious worlds!!
I especially enjoyed all the warm, rich Tuscan colors used at the show. Deep reds, sunflower yellows and burnt oranges have become some of my favorite tones. Luckily for me my brides choose these colors often allowing me to "play" with not only my favorite flowers but colors as well!
Well, if you are anywhere near Philadelphia this week, I highly recommend the show this year. It's a wonderful tribute to the floral and horticultural industry and is a wonderful way to pass the day.
For more information on the show follow this link: http://www.theflowershow.com/home/index.html
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