‘ARTiculture’ – Philadelphia Flower Show 2014 – begins today and runs through March 9th.
In the grand hallway, Subaru, a long time sponsor of the show, has created a compelling and whimsical recyclable garden.
Notice how the lattices in the walls are made of old bed springs. How cool is that?
The entrance garden of ARTiculture is inspired by the paintings and sculptures of Alexander Calder. The gardens consist of topiary shapes, sculpted trees, rounded boxwood and a plethora of suspended elements that are reminiscent of Calder’s mobiles.
Surfaces are made of fresh and dried flowers, grasses, stone, glass and art forms.
BANDALOOP, a California-based vertical dance troupe that has performed on the sides of skyscrapers, bridges, cliffs, can be seen doing their artistry like a giant Calder mobile. I was lucky enough to see them in action today. To say they were breathtaking is an understatement.
Several years ago, I worked with Jock Christie, the great Scottish gardener, at Doe Run Garden who won several ribbons for both Sir John Thouron and other well known Delaware and Brandywine gardening dynasties. Even today, one of his several entries, Clivia ‘Sir John Thouron’ is considered an exceptional plant.
Below are a few entries for judging by novice and professional gardeners. This is one of my favorite areas of the flower show.
Steve Tobin is a Bucks Country sculptor whose work exemplifies his connection to the natural world. He is best known for his large works in bronze, steel, glass and ceramics. A well known work, ‘Trinity Root’, a bronze piece at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City, is a casting of the 80 year old sycamore tree which fell and protected the chapel on September 11, 2001.
Michael Petrie, of Michael Petrie Handmade Gardens, has created a display inspired by works of Henri Matisse at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. I really loved this design. I found the simplicity of the plantings juxtapositioned with the flamboyant brightly colored wood cut outs compelling.
Competitions from area high schools for vertical wall designs.
Paintings interpreted by students from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Several more photos to follow over the next couple of days!
ADDENDUM on March 4, 2014 – Centerpiece of show photographed on Saturday night, March 1st, before closing when the crowds had dwindled.