The Philadelphia Flower Show offers inspirational ideas to gardeners. The beautiful displays and the wares sold in the marketplace offer many possibilities to the gardener who would like to enhance the landscape. My sister and I kidded each other saying, “I can do that!” as we passed by the 25-foot waterfall or the deck with an elaborate display of cascading flowers lining the steps. Is there hope to achieve any degree of innovation from the ideas presented at the show? Below are four inspirations I found useful.
1. Colored blue lights against white orchids
This display could be achieved on a smaller scale. For example, a centerpiece with one orchid and a colored light would work. Several vendors were selling submersible LCD lights at $5 each, which we purchased, with the idea of adding light to a vase.
2. Stream of water
While for most of us adding a stream to our backyard would be an impossible undertaking, what is important is the idea of using a water feature. A small fountain adds the ambiance of running water creating a calming effect, transforming any space.
3. Colored tires
This exhibit deserves a prize for the most creative recycling: painting automobile tires and placing them vertically in the garden. Shouldn’t be difficult to find a few used tires someplace.
4. Accessories: whimsical and otherwise
With statue and decorative planter in hand we’re all set to accessorize our garden.
Vendors displayed a wonderland of accessories, everything from planters and watering cans to expensive brass sculptures.
Attend the flower show and you’re sure to come away with ideas that will make gardening fun this spring. Don’t be intimidated by the elaborate and over the top displays, and you’ll be able to take away inspirational ideas for your garden, if only to add a dragon.