This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, the latest installment in a nearly two-century-old Pennsylvania Horticultural Society tradition, running from February 28 to March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is billed as “Celebrate the Movies,” with most fantastic exhibits inspired by Disney and Disney-Pixar films, but paying tribute as well to classic Hollywood cinema.
Evocative displays saluted “The Prince of Persia;” “Winnie the Pooh,” with his “hunny” pots and balloons; “Frozen,” with a fabulous grand staircase; “Cinderella,” with gala tables set for her wedding and glass slipper enclosed in a glass bubble; Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” with pumpkins made of flowers a highlight; “Narnia,” or “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe;” “Peter Pan” and “Neverland;” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment of “Fantasia,” with the Sorcerer’s hat and the bewitched brooms; “Tarzan,” complete with ape and giraffe; a “Forty Shades of Green” display recalling “The Quiet Man,” with Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne, set in Ireland’s County Mayo; and Alice at the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Miniature scenes celebrated “The Wizard of Oz,” “E.T.,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Lady and the Tramp.” A “Philadelphia Story” floral display was part of a group devoted to movies set in City of Brotherly—and Sisterly—Love. There was also a display inspired by “All About Eve.”
With spring flowers, like tulips, roses, & forsythia, and tropical blooms, like orchids, very much in evidence, it was clear that, though outside, Philadelphia was still a winter wonderland, “Frozen”-style, on March 1, warmer weather would inevitably be imminent.
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