‘ARTiculture’ – Philadelphia Flower Show 2014

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‘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.

Subaru's Recyclable Garden

Subaru’s Recyclable Garden

Notice how the lattices in the walls are made of old bed springs. How cool is that?

Subaru Recyclable Garden

Subaru Recyclable Garden

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.

The King's Feast Centerpiece at Philadelphia Flower Show

‘Entrance garden inspired by Alexander Calder paintings and sculptures

Surfaces are made of fresh and dried flowers, grasses, stone, glass and art forms.

'The King's Feast' Centerpiece

‘The King’s Feast’ Centerpiece

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.

Live Performance at Centerpiece Exhibit

Live Performance at Centerpiece Exhibit

 

Live Performer at Centerpiece Exhibit

Live Performer at Centerpiece Exhibit

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.

Arpo gigantea

Arpo gigantea

 

Denedelactum 'Mt. Airy'

Denedelactum ‘Mt. Airy’

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.

Exploded Earth by Steve Tobin

Exploded Earth by Steve Tobin

 

Steve Tobin's Exploded Earth

Steve Tobin’s Exploded Earth

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.

Michael Petrie's Display derived from works by Henri Matisse

Michael Petrie’s Display derived from works by Henri Matisse

 

Michael Petrie display inspired by Matisse woodcuts

Michael Petrie display inspired by Matisse woodcuts

Competitions from area high schools for vertical wall designs.

High School Interpretation of Vertical Gardens

High School Interpretation of Vertical Gardens

 

Vertical Garden 'Urban Oasis' - Lower Merion High School

Vertical Garden ‘Urban Oasis’ – Lower Merion High School

Paintings interpreted by students from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Interpret a painting by student at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Interpret a painting by student at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

 

Interpret a painting by student at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Interpret a painting by student at 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.

Calder inspired centerpiece

Philadelphia Flower Show -Calder Inspired Centerpiece

 

Up close of large red sphere at Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show Centerpiece

 

Philly Flower Show Calder Inspired

Philadelphia Flower Show Centerpiece

 

Philly Flower Show - whimsy and color

Philadelphia Flower Show- whimsy and color

 

Centerpiece at Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show Calder Inspired Centerpiece

 

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