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Orchids, birds of paradise, a huge (3 feet in diameter!) water lily and a modernistic multi-level 25 foot bamboo waterfall amid a lush rain forest, await at this year’s annual Philadelphia Flower Show. Celebrating its 189th year as the country’s longest-running horticultural event, this year’s show is sure to impress with its celebration of water, entitled, “Wonders of Water.” Tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes will abound.
One of the reasons I love public horticulture is the opportunity for new experiences. This past Saturday afforded me just that. We had a booking for a private tour for a group with visual impairments. I did my best to prepare for this unusual engagement, but in the end I was left surprised and pleased while wholly out of my depth. They taught me that bright colors are best. To say "look at your 12 o'clock" instead of "look ahead" .
On MLK Day, we once again participated in the amazing array of events offered by Shaping Summit Together. A dedicated group of volunteers worked outside "Clearing the Way for Spring" with our Horticulture Department, while in the Education Center, volunteers made nature-inspired Valentine's Day cards from recycled materials. During the course of the morning, over 70 enthusiastic and compassionate volunteers of all ages stopped in to "Reuse, Recycle, and Reach Out." We were wowed by the insp...