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Exploring the Philadelphia Flower Show! A DIFFERENT CANVAS Despite my best efforts, I have yet to develop a green thumb. My dad loved to garden, and my older brother seems to have followed suit. I had a few flowers that seemed to thrive on the windowsill above my kitchen sink. But my guess is that they only thrived because I remembered to water them every time I was at the sink, and they had sunlight from the window! Still, I love flowers when they are arranged. I’m not an expert on the different types of plants and flowers, but they make me happy. I love their colors and variety of shapes. They brighten a room, a garden, or a roadside just by their presence. As an artist, I’m even drawn to floral paintings and artwork. (Landscaping and floral arrangements are art, too. It’s just a different canvas.) For as much as I enjoy flowers, I had yet to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show. This was even after living in this region for more than two decades! This year, Peter and I made up for that. For those who are unfamiliar with just how significant the flower show is, it’s more than just a horticultural celebration with gardening and floral arrangement presentations and demonstrations. The show has been named the best event in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association, and its claim to fame is boasting “the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event.”That’s quite the feat when you consider its competition includes the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Kentucky Derby, and the Daytona 500. We had always wanted to attend the event, but the event itself requires some travel to Philadelphia. And while Philadelphia is not that far away, it seemed like a hassle driving into the city. Plus, I always believed it was going to be crowded. I had even heard friends mention getting tickets for the event months in advance! I didn’t want to brave a trek to Philadelphia to get stuck in crowds all day. This year, we decided it was time to finally see what all the“fuss” was about, and I’mglad we did! We ended up having a fantastic day, enjoyed an easy trip, and saw a variety of gorgeous plants.
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• 1 WWW.BORDENTOWNDENTIST.COM If you have yet to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show, I would recommend checking it out. Peter and I enjoyed getting out in our community and celebrating the talents of those at the show. You don’t even need a green thumb to enjoy all the beauty packed into this convention center. (Of course, we attended the Flower Show before the coronavirus became an issue.) —Hema Gopal, DMD and shrubs, andmany kiosks that sold flowers, bulbs, food, candles, and numerous home decor items. Obviously, a lot of creativity and talent went into this show. As much as the flower show was great for the layperson, I felt it was especially geared toward gardeners and anyone looking for ideas for landscaping. There were gorgeous displays of backyard scenes filled with plants, flowers, sitting areas, fire pits, and pavement options. after breakfast on a Sunday morning and took the SEPTA train down from Levittown to Jefferson Station. It was a painless 50-minute ride into the city, and once we were there, we didn’t even need to get out onto the street, as the Pennsylvania Convention Center was connected to Jefferson Station. The theme of this year’s showwas“Riviera Holiday.”We enjoyed many garden scenes that transported us through the French Riviera. There were beautiful flower arrangements, desert flowers
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