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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" .
August is upon us and with it brings not only the hum of Dog Day Cicadas (Tibicen canicularis), but fabulous summer flowers and the bugs who love them. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) has kindly allowed me to use it as a model in many of the following shots.