|Orchids bloom and boom
by Augustus Mayhew
Apparently immune from meltdowns, cutbacks and recession anxieties, orchid enthusiasts converged in Miami a couple weekends ago for what many consider North America's best-of-the-best showcase where the exotic and the extraordinary are commonplace. The show's stellar reputation attracts US, South American and Far East growers and collectors, always significant by the presence of R. F. Orchids, owned by the renowned Robert Fuchs, known as the "King of Orchids" who has been in a class to himself ever since he was awarded best orchid in the world at a 1984 conference.
Look in almost any Palm Beach green house and the most eye-catching haute hybrids are most likely from Mr. Fuchs. I arrived within the first hour of opening day, just missing the "Repotting Psychology" workshop, and found a swarm of orchid paparazzi already planted with their bazooka lenses on tripods in front of the choice exhibits. Business was brisk especially, and not surprisingly, at the R. F. Orchid kiosk, where the constant crush of lookers quickly became buyers.
|“Bella Italia”: The Philadelphia 2009 Annual Flower Show
by Jill Lynne
The gorgeous, historical and very social Philadelphia Flower Show is a promising harbinger of spring. Created by the Pennsylvania Horticulture society, the Philadelphia Flower Show is the largest and oldest indoor flower show in the world, attracting an estimated 250,000 attendees.
“Bella Italia”, the 2009 theme, features a brilliantly hued mix of recreations of Italian Gardens (floral and herbs) from Roma, Milan, Tuscany, Florence and Venice – replete with gondoliers, beautiful statuary, architectural details, coy pools, and waterfalls, through exquisite tulip gardens from Holland, prize-winning displays of orchids and lilies, to exemplary environmental displays.
Also of particular interest is “The Fashion District,” a dynamic exhibition of evening gowns, hats, shoes and handbags, all created with brilliantly colored interwoven flowers, and organic earthen materials.
Nature heals, and this show delights the spirit and brings smiles to ones heart.
|Photographs by Augustus Mayhew (Miami) & Jill Lynne (Philadelphia).|