Gardening in Philadelphia
Internet gardening is global and to reflect that
we're running a regular column from gardeners around
the world, either from home or where they're visiting.
In this first column, international garden designer
and editor Ruth Chivers sends a message from the Philadelphia
Flower Show, the longest-running such event in the US.
I set off to Philadelphia with high hopes of seeing
a bit of gardening's future at the "World's Premier
Gardening Event." 'Gardens for The New Millennium' was
the theme at this year's show, spread over 10 acres
It's like the Chelsea Flower Show or Hampton Court plus
several others, rolled into one giant hybrid.
Plus a series of free lectures, seminars, demonstrations
and workshops (Royal Horticultural Society take note.)
Something for everyone, and great fun. Tickets are easy
to get, and cheaper than for shows in the UK - anyone
can go on any day.
Gardening whimsy was everywhere. Rose-tinted remembrances
of rural scenes past, recalled Daily Mail displays
at recent Hampton Court shows. The 'Aaaah' factor registered
high with visitors. An impressive number of large flowering
mostly, had been brought on, transported, positioned
and kept looking happy during the build-up period.
Real sheep and hens
fossicked in the 'Bucks County from one Century to the
Next' garden - I felt sure they had a good Shows contract
here! But 21st-century gardening looked remarkably similar
to the last, as though Wolfgang Oehme and James van
Sweden haven't planted a single prairie, or Thomas
Church delivered one of his now legendary Californian
Rusty metal abounded, from an aged Ford pick-up truck
to ornaments for sale. Shiny galvanized metal has just
as strong gardening appeal on the other side of the
Pond. For a newer twist on metallic features, try bending
pipes into arches and supports - I'm especially keen
to try my hand with copper, having been enthused by
features I saw here.
with premission from Greenfingers.com