2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Major Exhibitors

Studio Nico Wissing

Green Architecture by Bart Hoes

Studio Toop/Carrie Preston


Bucks County

Delaware Valley University

Flowers by David
Mark Cook Landscape & Contracting LLC

Philadelphia Cactus & Succulent Society

Southeastern PA Train Garden Association

Chester County
North American Rock Garden Society, Delaware Valley Chapter
Pennsylvania Bonsai Society/Rosade Bonsai Studio

Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators

Delaware County

J. Downend Landscaping, Inc.

Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens

Stoney Bank Nurseries

Williamson College of the Trades

Mifflin County
Laurel-Brook Gardens

Montgomery County

American Rhododendron Society, Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Burke Brothers Landscape Design/Build

Hunter Hayes Landscape Design

Robertson’s Flowers & Events

Temple University, Ambler


American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)

Green Mountain Energy

Horticulture Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School

Men’s Garden Club of Philadelphia
Nature’s Gallery

Refugia Design, Ltd.

Schaffer Designs
Snapdragon Flowers

U.S. EPA Region III
W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences


Camden Children’s Garden
Dahlia Florals


Ikebana International
In Full Bloom Flowers, LLC.

Mercer County Community College

Subaru of America

Waldor Orchids


Hudson Valley Seed Library


Irwin Landscaping, Inc.

University of Delaware


Jacques Amand International Ltd.
Japan Flowers and Plants Export Association

FEATURED PRESENTATION for “Holland: Flowering the World”

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

100 North 20th Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Contact: Sam Lemheney, Chief of Shows & Events, 215.988.1621,

Bridges, windmills, canals and water gardens in a sea of 30,000 flowers – with 6,000 more blooms suspended in a giant floral canopy – will welcome guests to the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Holland: Flowering the World.” This exhibit will capture both the iconic and innovative features of the Dutch landscape. Guests will pass under a brick bridge inspired by the Amsterdam cityscape and adorned with Delft tile patterns, overflowing flower boxes and hanging baskets. The surrounding garden includes cherry trees, sycamores, and drifts of floral color ranging from hot orange to soft pinks, red, blues and purple accents. Mixed in with thousands of tulips will be hundreds of fritillaria, narcissus, anemones and other blooms. The Dutch New Wave Movement, which takes a natural and sustainable approach to landscape design, is evident in the wild grasses and varieties of perennials in the garden.

The Philadelphia Flower Show will be the first venue in North America to welcome the Dutch Ecodome, which is being brought to the U.S. by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.The 70-foot-wide, 30-foot-high, plant-festooned, geodesic sphere will spotlight Holland’s green technologies. Award-winning landscape architect Nico Wissing developed the concept of the Ecodome as a way to bring together the latest thinking in sustainability and environmental practices in the Netherlands.

Green Architecture by Bart Hoes
Leidsevaart 36
2114 AD Vogelenzang
2104 SW Heemstede
31 (0) 1235443707,

The Sustainable Roof Garden

The garden highlights ways of being creative with the resources nature gives us. Growing vegetables, herbs and grains in combination with spring bulbs and perennials creates a beautiful, yet beneficial garden. Using olivine stones to bind carbon dioxide, catching rainwater in a pergola gutter, making use of solar energy and Bacsac planters, the garden presents ideas for sustainable, attractive solutions for gardens large and small. Elements typical of the Dutch landscape, including tulips and water, combine with the garden’s abstract lines, providing green for health, energy and well-being. “Even in a city-jungle, one must survive.”

Studio Toop/Carrie Preston

Zandkamp 94
3828GE Hoogland
31 (0)6 41275201,


Carrie Preston’s show garden is an interpretation of the “stinze” gardens surrounding the stately brick manor houses in the north of the Netherlands. These estates are known for their unique plant communities of naturalizing bulbs. Preston, a New Jersey native, has spent the past two decades living and designing in the Netherlands. “Stinze” marries Dutch cultural heritage—embodied in brickwork and lacework—with the exuberance of spring and raw American energy. The lace is incorporated into a chain-link fence that evokes baseball fields and schoolyards, while elevating functional beauty into robust elegance. “Stinze” is a celebration of youth and renewal, the long-awaited burst of color that marks the arrival of spring.
Studio Nico Wissing
Julianaweg 22
7078 AR Megchelen
088 100 1800,
In this outdoor space, the advantages of nature and sustainable materials are interwoven with human functioning and well-being. In this show garden, Nico Wissing demonstrate how an environment can be created that offers the ideal space for plants, animals and people by using natural, local and sustainable materials, combined with already present factors such as rainwater.The entire natural climate is positively influenced if people take account of biodiversity, climate adaptation, and the use of products and materials with a small ecological footprint in our own environment.


Burke Brothers Landscape Design/Build

7630 Cheltenham Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA, 19038

Contact: Kali Smalley, 215.887.1773,
Spring’s Bounty
Inspired by experience with the current trends in residential garden design and construction, the exhibit highlights four different garden spaces. The casual residential garden includes a fire pit area, a casual covered seating space, a tree house, and a formal dining area with a pergola above. Although each space is very different in its use and feel, they are all tied together with a simple yet bold palette of plantings inspired by the show theme and our local palette.

Hunter Hayes Landscape Design

102 Holland Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003

Contact: Lauren Hilburn, 610.896.0309,

‘Nether’ here nor there…

The bicycle culture, canals, and bridges of the Netherlands inspire this intimate garden space. Old stone garden structures have been transformed into whimsical modern art pieces, peppered with colorful trees, perennials and, of course, tulips!
Irwin Landscaping

P.O. Box 186, Hockessin, DE 19707

Contact: Pete Irwin, 302.239.9229,

A Hint of Whimsy
This garden is focused on a defined lawn and patio area. There is a comfortable and relaxing sitting area with colorful planters. The sweep of green grass perfectly counterbalances the beautiful beds and borders. The cherry trees enhance the feeling of an outdoor room. Other plantings provide interest and make this a garden that invites an easy stroll. The fence and the colorful Dutch door create an inquisitive desire to see what is beyond.

J. Downend Landscaping, Inc.

411 Smiley Street, Crum Lynne, PA 19022

Contact: Tom Morris, 610.833.1500 ext. 12,

Inspired by “Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Grey and Blue,” the 1921 painting by Piet Mondrian, the garden shows how abstract lines and blocks of color combined with modern materials and construction techniques can create a harmonious garden worthy of the present-day urban lifestyle. More than 96 years later, Mondrian still inspires universal harmony and order where art and life can be integrated in a 21st-century setting.

Laurel-Brook Gardens
57 Willow Tree Lane, Belleville, PA 17004
Contact: Joe Stitt, 484.947.8263,
Till the Cows Come Home…
Regardless of where they appear – from the kitschy souvenir to the pinnacle of high-end design -- the unique black-and-white markings of the Holstein cow are instantly recognizable. Few realize that among the fields of tulips and hyacinths, the queen of the black and white can trace her origins back to the bucolic farms and countryside of Northern Holland and Friesland. With this display, the designers tap into our own agricultural roots and attempt to pay tribute to one of the “Foster Mothers of the Human Race,” along with the rich agricultural heritage of Holland.

Mark Cook Landscape & Contracting LLC

P.O. Box 1112, Doylestown, PA 18901

Contact: Mark Cook, 215.345.9164,

Inner Waters
At one time crossing the protective dunes of Holland, the inland waterways were the guide to this artful garden. By exploring the infrastructure, architecture, and agriculture, one cannot ignore the passion for sustainable communities. Inner Waters blends colorful structures, urban art, and masses of diverse plantings to reflect the uniqueness of this low-lying region.

Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens

P.O. Box 7, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Contact: Michael Petrie, 610.505.8262

De Stijl --The Style
The garden is a small walled-in green space in the lowlands of Holland, near the fields of tulips in early spring. The design is driven by the Dutch abstract art movement of the early 20th century, De Stijl, famous for clean, simple design and little color.

Stoney Bank Nurseries

61 Stoney Bank Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342

Contact: J. Joseph Blandy, 610.459.5100
Contrasting Cohesion

A historically rich country notoriously embracing modern technology throughout its

development, the Netherlands brought order to a land below the ever-encroaching sea. Traditional gardens framed by tree hedges, structured by trimmed boxwood and lightened through blocks of colorfully blooming perennials, reflect the high organization necessary to keep nature at bay. Continuously embracing modern advances, Dutch New Wave Theory design puts a spin on traditional gardens, embracing lower maintenance plantings, allowing perennials and annuals to naturally seed and intermingle where they best thrive. This garden is a contrast of control and nature's disorderly lines -- a balance of the wildness of nature and the order of culture.

Jacques Amand International Ltd.
The Nurseries, Clamp Hill,
Stanmore, Middlesex HA3JS
For 90 years, Jacques Amand has offered flowering bulbs of many varieties to discerning gardeners. The company began as a flower shop in the Strand when Jean Jacques Amand arrived from the Netherlands in 1927. Since then the company has grown to become a major supplier of bulbs, well-established favorites as well as the rare and unusual, and is renowned for the diversity and quality of bulbs offered to customers in many countries.

Men’s Garden Club of Philadelphia

353 Aubrey Road,Narberth, PA 19072

Contact: Stanley M. P. Amey, 610.658.2004,
MagereBrug (Skinny Bridge)
Legend states that two sisters who lived on opposite sides of the Amstel River had a bridge built so they could visit each other. The MagereBrug (Skinny Bridge) is a pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam. The Old Dutch design was built in 1691 and is a double swipe balance bridge that opens for water traffic. It has been replaced and rebuilt many times. The current bridge was rebuilt in 1934 and renovated in 1969. The bridge is a wonderful example of Dutch engineering and the concept inspired this garden. A gravel path leads to a wetland bog crossed by an interpretation of the Skinny Bridge. The garden also features flowering trees, beautiful bulbs and a whimsical shed.
Waldor Orchids

10 E. Poplar Avenue, Linwood, NJ 08221
Contact: David Off, 609.927.4126,
Surrounded by Orchids
A trip to an orchid grower in Holland is a pleasure for the eyes. In their state-of-the-art facilities, the Dutch produce mass quantities of orchids for flower markets around the world. Walking through a greenhouse gives the impression of orchid blossoms as far as the eye can see.


American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)

12343 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154

Contact: Ron Mulray, 215.632.6270,
Culture van Holland
The Philadelphia Flower Show is a mainstay on the floral event calendar of the Northeast Region of AIFD. We have selected five aspects of Dutch cultural life to interpret with flowers: art, bicycles, canals, gin, and people. A talented team of designers has been assembled from across the U.S. and Canada, from newly inducted to experienced members of AIFD. We have a wealth of design experience, perspective and creativity from which to draw and bring to life the culture of Holland.

Flowers by David
2048 E. Old Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, PA 19047
Contact: Robin or David Heller, 215.750.3400,
The Bulb
This year, Flowers by David will feature the Bulb. The immediate response when Holland is mentioned is TULIPS… but bulbs are so much more! Tulips, amaryllis, iris, lilies, and other bulbs, including Edison and garlic, are showcased in this fun, whimsical ode to the bulb.

Japan Flowers and Plants Export Association
Mattaomiya, Tsurumiku
Osaka, Japan 538-0031
Contact: Shigeru Ushikubo
Until recently, Japanese horticulture has been focused on the domestic market. However, a recent move towards international export has taken momentum. Japanese floral products have won international recognition and attracted interest. In response to this growing demand, Japan Flowers and Plants Export Association (JFPEA) was established in 2007 to support Japanese floriculture producers, growers and distributors.
Robertson’s Flowers & Events

1301 E. Mermaid Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038

Contact: Flip Ferry, 215.836.3050
Bike Ride Over the Canal
The main focal point in this exhibit is an interpretation of a typical Dutch bridge. The bridge and the water below it, along with the dikes, represent the ingenuity of the Dutch in reclaiming land from the sea. Bikes in Holland are a major mode of everyday transportation. Tulips were introduced back to Holland by the Dutch West India Company and quickly became symbolic of the country. The importance of tulips led to "Tulipmania" in 1630, which was a historical lesson in speculation. Flowers in general are very important to the Dutch and remain a valuable export. Many of the flowers in the exhibit were imported from Holland.

Schaffer Designers

4500 Worth Street

Philadelphia, PA 19124

Contacts: Bill Schaffer, AIFD, AAF, PFCI, and Kristine Kratt, AIFD, PFCI


PEDALS: The White Bike Plan

In 1967, the Dutch group PROVO enacted their White Bike Plan, creating Amsterdam’s Bike-Share movement that has now spread throughout the world. Their official aim was to provoke. Ironically, back then, they were anarchists, but today they would be seen as leading social innovators and environmentalists. PROVO's philosophies, environmental concerns and social awareness still echo through modern transportation-sharing within the world’s major urban cities. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of The White Bike Plan.


Dahlia Florals
107 Route 31, Pennington, NJ 08534
Contact: AdrienePresti, 609.737.0556,

A night under the red light
Holland is known for its flowers, windmills, wooden shoes, and its secret nights under the red lights…

In Full Bloom Flowers, LLC
103 Althea Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08620
Contact: Janene Puca, 609.575.2761;
Dreamflight or Droomvulcht

The enchantment of "Dreamflight" unfolds in a mysterious forest realm. Here dwell fairies and other dream-like creatures. Efteling, located in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands, is one of the largest amusement parks in Western Europe. This exhibit is a futuristic interpretation of a scene from the ride called Droomvlucht/Dreamflight. Join us as we explore the "World of Wonders," as it is known.

Nature’s Gallery
2124 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Contact: Gabriella Nemati, 215.563.5554,
The Revival of the Dutch Masters
Friends gather for an evening of fun and reflection. They read about still life paintings and realize how the great work of the 1700s Dutch artists influences current floral design trends. They admire the revival of the Dutch Masters’ work on the décor of their very own table centerpiece. In modern times, a new need for caring and respecting our planet has emerged: The décor is achieved implementing eco-friendly materials and botanicals from sustainable farms.

Snapdragon Flowers
5015 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143
Contact: Tolani Lawrence-Lightfoot, 215.400.1068;
Floral Hindeloopen
Hindeloopen is named after a little harbor village in the northern province of Friesland in the Netherlands where, at the beginning of the 17thcentury, woodcarving became popular. The wood was burned or carved in intricate designs and then painted. Features of the folk art of Hindeloopen are masses of acanthus scrolls and small flowers. Leaves and flowers were painted in using a rounded brush with the dark colors used as shadow strokes. A “lucky bird,” perched at the center engulfed by florals, is often depicted in these pieces. The bird looks over its shoulder to challenge and keep evil spirits away. We have used a technique called Pavé, after the jewelry style of stone setting, to create the same look often found on Dutch wooden clogs and furniture.


Camden Children’s Garden

3 Riverside Drive, Camden NJ 08103

Contact: Michael Devlin, 856.365.8733,

Snapshot Holland: Through a Child’s Eyes
Experience Holland's many icons through a child's imagination. This exhibit features the iconic windmill, bicycle, a topiary cat and the cradle, topiary goat with flower cart, cheese wheels, fairies, and a flower and vegetable garden in a whimsical, child-like setting.

Delaware Valley University, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science

700 E. Butler Avenue, Doylestown, PA 18901

Contact: Michael Fleischacker, MLA, ASLA, RLA, LEED AP,215.489.2283,
The problem as we see it: Cities have historically been a poor habitat for humans and nature to coexist. In the 1800s, we left the city to connect with nature. In the 1900s, we attempted to conquer, and in turn, lost our connections with nature. And even today, our disconnect from nature has never been greater. The solution as we see it: Cities must become habitats for humans and nature to coexist.

Horticulture Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School

3201 Ryan Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136

Contact: Karen Kardon Weber, 215.335.3213,
The Secret Annex
“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Anne Frank, a Jewish Holocaust victim whose writings have inspired tolerance and acceptance, kept a diary while in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. In her writings, we learn of the solace she found from her memory of plants and what little of nature she could see from the attic window. She wrote, “I firmly believe that nature can bring comfort to all who suffer.”