Thursday, March 22, 2012
Philadelphia Flower Show
March 10, 2012. Jay asked me if I would like to go to the Flower Show. I figured sure, why not? I got online to order tickets and learned that the theme of the show was “Hawaii” and I got really excited. I was expecting a lot. Having been to Hawaii, I know just how beautiful it is there. Lush tropical green rainforest and lots of beautiful bright flowers - hibiscus, bird of paradise, plumeria, ginger, red tea leaves, bamboo. I was prepared to be dazzled.
After some intial issues with transportation were worked out, Jay and I drove to the train station and hopped a train for Philadelphia. Arrived at Market East and grabbed a quick lunch at the Food Court at the Gallery. Unfortunately the wait was too long at Hard Rock Cafe. After lunch we headed into the Show.
Heading into the Flower Show meant, quite literally, joining a very slow moving sea of humanity. There were so many people! It was so crowded that we could barely get near the exhibits and it was nearly impossible to get photos without having a stranger’s elbow, head, or other body part blocking your way. Lesson learned - next time attend on a weekday, early in the morning. But we persisted. And I got enough decent shots to warrant quite a lot of scrapbooking!
One thing we noticed immediately was that our expectations of being transported into a lush tropical rainforest filled with bright popping colors wasn’t going to be met. Jay and I both agreed that we were a bit disappointed. There was just too much of the Convention Center still evident - steel beams, concrete floor, horrid fluorescent lighting. I didn’t feel at all like I was in Hawaii. The other issue was it was simply too commercialized. Sponsor signs everywhere detracted from the beauty of the exhibits.
The main exhibit for Hawaii was a giant waterfall pouring down the side of a mountain and surrounded by greenery and flowers. It was really quite beautiful, unfortunately also so crowded I couldn’t get a single decent photo. My other favorites - the light show on the side of a grass hut, the family of stone and wire geese walking across a lawn, all the little Hawaii vignettes and the enormous metal butterfly sculpture. I also enjoyed the bonsai trees - I’ve had a “thing” for them ever since I was a little girl.
"The Monthly" collection.