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Vivid ARTiculture at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show


The premise is instantly recognizable. Massive dazzling mobiles greet visitors above the entrance to this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, whose theme is ARTiculture. Hanging high over gardens of begonias, tulips and hyacinths are thousands of dried buds, stems, berries, and leaves in tightly packed blocks, held together in ovals and irregular shapes. They are framed in varieties of moss and wrapped like enormous bundles of sushi.

Art and horticulture meet at the entrance of the show
L Conlin

On the flower bed banks below are equally gigantic pictures frames, along with spheres swathed in swirls of brilliant yellow and red tinted twigs, flowers, vines and grasses. Massive triangles intertwine, spilling a carpet of moss onto a bank of purple.

These bold and vivacious statements are inspired by the mobiles of Pennsylvania-born artist Alexander Calder. He and his predecessors were sculptors, whose prized sculptures can be seen around the world. Calder’s finely engineered mobiles and stabiles are displayed at such prestigious venues as the Smithsonian, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, and along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The stunning suspended art and ground level garden forms are spanned six times a day by the imaginative moves of the group “Bandaloop”. These talented dancers perform along the sides of skyscrapers, cliffs and other dare devil sites. Originating on the west coast, this troupe combines balletic dance with aerial dynamics to complement the beauty of their floral art setting at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Fill your mind with artful garden ideas this week, while the Flower Show is in town. The show ends on Sunday, March 9. While spring has yet to arrive, stroll through acres of living art, and pick up some tips from expert, avid gardeners on how to paint your own garden canvas.

Look out for more reviews on this week’s Philadelphia Flower Show right here!

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