Thursday, January 27, 2011

Flower Show Update

Temple University participates in the Philadelphia International Flower Show each year as one of the major exhibitors.  The horticulture staff is responsible for forcing plants in the greenhouse to bloom during the first week of March.  This year, we are forcing over 2,000 plants of 110 varieties.  The show will be held March 6-12th in the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Here is an article about our 2010 display METROmorphosis, that won best in show.  And here is an article about our 2009 display Green Renaissance

I thought I would share a few photos of the plants growing in my greenhouse.  As of today, we have 34 growing days left until show installation, so we are just starting to see things come into bloom.  This is the time that I start having nightmares about the plants all dying or not blooming at the right time.  And I'm not kidding, most of my dreams right now are about the Flower Show!  I can't wait until we can install the display and just enjoy the show.
Peperomia argyreia and Hoya kerrii 'Variegata'
Sedums that will be used on a green roof in the exhibit
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (black foliage) and Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger' (light foliage)
Taxodium distichum 'Mickelson' Shawnee Brave (TM)- these still aren't showing any leaves, so have them on heat mats and with heat lamps to hopefully push some leaves before the show.
Assortment of perennials and annuals for the display

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