Women play an important role in designing the gardens for the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show

More women than ever are designing major exhibits for the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show, scheduled for June 11-19.

The nationally recognized annual event will be held outdoors for the second consecutive year.

Of the 40 major exhibitors scheduled for this year’s “In Full Bloom Show” at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park (FDR) in South Philadelphia, 13 are women-owned businesses. And women are the main designers of at least six others, which means women are designing almost half of the show this year.

There are also seven major exhibitors from New Jersey. Among them is Mullica Hill’s Jennifer Designs, whose exhibition will be titled “Rhythm in Bloom”. And bring your dancing shoes!

Jennifer Reed, owner and professional floral designer, will create “The Bloom Room”, a floral dance club where visitors can dance to music played by a DJ carved from flowers and placed among freshly cut flowers and greenery and dried, including orchids, ferns and palms.

Reed said she was inspired by the theme of this year’s flower show to create an exhibit that invokes feeling and movement.

“As humans, we’re not that different from our chlorophyll-loving fellows. We can perceive and respond to light, smell, touch and sound,” said Reed, who is also floral educator at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

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“To really immerse yourself in a design, you need to invoke all five senses, which is exactly what our Bloom Room does,” she explained. “We ask our guests to come to the dance floor so that they too can ‘bloom’ to the rhythm of harmonious colors, music and flowers.”

The lineup of designers will be larger than in previous years with 40 major exhibitors creating designs for large-scale gardens between 900 and 2,500 square feet for the annual show presented by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).

The 2022 Flower Show will take over 15 acres of Roosevelt Park at 1500 Pattison Ave. in South Philadelphia.

“This year’s show showcases an eclectic mix of world-class, award-winning designers, including more women-led companies designing major exhibitions than ever before, creating half of the spectacular, dramatic gardens the show is known for. “, PHS said in its latest press announcement.

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“The Flower Show will highlight the incredible achievements of women in landscape and garden design with amazing and thought-provoking exhibits that explore the restorative power of nature and plants, as well as the importance of mental health. and emotional that contribute to a person also being ‘in full bloom’.”

Entrance design for the upcoming 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show hosted annually by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  This year's show in June will once again be held outdoors due to continued concerns over the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

In addition to the main exhibits, dozens of smaller gardens up to 900 square feet in size will include educational gardens and competitive courses. Home gardeners and plant societies are invited to create themed gardens that can serve to inspire visitors to explore the world of horticulture – and get their hands dirty.

Among the exhibitors is famed landscape architect Martha Schwartz of New York City and 2021 Forbes “50 Over 50” recipient. She will inaugurate a garden with a giant floral mushroom.

Staten Island landscape architect Wambui Ippolito will also return to defend his Flower Show 2021 trophy for Best In Show. One of Veranda Magazine’s 2021 “Eleven Breakthrough Female Landscape Designers and Architects You Should Know,” Ippolito plans a spiral structure lined with colorful flowers with a reflection pool for peaceful meditation.

A classic marble gazebo rests on a lake shore in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia, the site of the Philadelphia Flower Show which will be held outdoors for the second consecutive year in June.

Other exhibits will include a floral tunnel, as well as hairstyles and floral silhouettes.

This year’s Flower Show will also include a food bazaar, native butterflies, a new space for children and families called Kids’ Cocoon and Play Space, a flower walk through the show and more seating than last year. .

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“We want designers who are firmly rooted in horticulture and great plant design, but who also think about the wider culture and how these designs relate to these issues. We want guests to be moved and thrilled and changed, in some way, by these gardens and the ideas behind them,” said Seth Pearsoll, design director at PHS.

Other major New Jersey exhibitors include: Arrange; Floral and event design by Haddonfield; Shaffer Designs of Pennsauken; Mercer County Community College; Pennington’s Urban Destiny; Polycarp Flowers in Summit and Susan Cohan Gardens in Boonton.

To go: The 2022 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show will take place June 11-19 at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, 1500 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia. For a full list of exhibitors and more information, visit PHSoline.org/the-flower-show.

Carol Comegno loves telling stories about South Jersey life, history and veterans for the Courier Post, Burlington County Times and Daily Journal. If you have a story to share, call her at 856-486-2473 or email [email protected]

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