Vertical Gardens Cascade with Hope for a Healthier Philly at the 2012 Flower Show

Each year, the Philadelphia International Flower Show never falls short of spectacular. The detail and design of the floral exhibits can easily steal guest’s attention for hours on end as they meander by hundreds of delicate arrangements that tell a beautiful story of another place and time. This year’s Hawaii: Islands of Aloha theme promises to be all that and more, blending next-stage digital technology with the natural beauty and rich culture of the islands.

Among the many attractions, is the must-see PHS Exhibit, which highlights the primary beneficiary of the 2012 Flower Show, the PHS City Harvest program. A wall of fragrant herbs — crafted from reclaimed and repurposed wood– will serve as the dramatic backdrop to cascading vertical displays dripping with vibrant garden vegetables.  The highlight — a 9-foot-high, 40-foot-long lettuce wall, designed by gardening author Amy Goldman — will feature approximately 3,000 leafy heads of varying colors and textures.

The purpose of the exhibit is to call attention to the importance of urban gardening, the primary focus of City Harvest projects, which raises produce for more than 1,000 needy families each week throughout the growing season. Among the many community-farming initiatives supported by City Harvest is the PHS’s Roots to Re-entry program, which provides inmates of Philadelphia prisons with job-readiness skills in horticulture. While a part of the program, the inmates learn to grow seedlings that are later distributed to more than 45 community gardens and urban farms. Guided by volunteer gardeners, the inmates care for the plants up until maturity when the vegetables, fruits and herbs can be distributed through SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange) to food cupboards.

For more information on City Harvest projects and other programs supported by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society please visit PHS Programs.

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 Photo by: Plant Chicago

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