Brief on Philadelphia Flower Show

By Danielle Alio
March 13, 2011

The floral aroma of springtime finally came to Philadelphia, or at least to the Philadelphia Convention Center, after a harsh winter with record-breaking temperatures and snowfalls.

The 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show that ran from March 6 to March 13 was based on the theme “Springtime in Paris.”

Florists, gardeners and landscapers set up showcases of their floral artwork so individuals from all over the world could admire nature’s natural beauty. There was a special section dedicated to the theme that gave visitors a look at springtime in Paris without leaving the country.

The Springtime in Paris showcase was centered around a replica of the lower part of the Eiffel Tower that was adorned with lights to give the feeling of an evening walk through the streets of Paris with beautiful flowers lining the path.

There were different sections of the Paris showcase that displayed the beautiful plant life one may encounter while in France. These included Artists’ Paris, Opulent Paris, Timeless Paris, Romantic Paris, Delectable Paris and Underground Paris.  One section was based off of the 1951 film starring Gene Kelly, An American in Paris. Different scenes from the movie were formed out of flowers while the movie played on screens infront of the display.  

Towards the back of the showcase was a carousel stage were the animals where made out of a floral design. On the stage performers gave a small show with Parisian music and dances including the famous CanCan.

The show draws thousands of visitors each year and the proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. 

This is a piece created by Danielle Alio after she attended the Philadelphia International Flower Show in March 2011. This piece was featured in episode 21 of LOQation.

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Danielle Alio

Danielle Alio
Cabrini College '12
The Loquitur Manging Editor
LOQation Executive Producer
WYBF FM - On Air DJ/Assistant Production Director
Cabrini College Theater-Stage Crew/Actress

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