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Philly Flower Show after the jump.
So at the end of last weekend I had an unexpected trip to Philadelphia for their big, and I mean BIG, flower show, courtesy of Hudson Valley seed library. They had a little drawing for free tickets and for some reason I thought I might as well. Oh man, let me try to explain the enormity of this event. For those of you who know the Dutchess County Fair, think of the horticulture center, and multiply that times 500. If you stood on one end of the convention center in which it was held, you could not by any means see clear to the other side. And all the in between was filled with greenery that I cannot even begin to describe. How can they possibly grow 10ft tall corn in the middle of winter, transport it from who-knows-where and then set up a full veggie garden, complete with soil filled beds and fruit on the vine in the middle of what is essentially an airplane hangar?? Even though it was a bit of a mind blow, I'm glad I went. Not only did I get to see Ken and Doug's blue ribbon winning display, I picked up some good ideas for the farm. Even though the theme for this year was Springtime in Paris, there seemed to be a few edible/community/practical but still beautiful gardens mixed in among the over the top displays. Here's some random pictures, like I say, I'm a farmer, not a photographer...
|imagine if your window boxes looked like this|
|in this magical land, you can have 10ft tall corn AND peas on the vine at the same time!|
|it's a cold frame with its own heating element! I don't quite get it, but I will have to figure it out and install on the farm|
|I kid you not, this is made from all plant material|
|one of my favorite things there: a garden for the visually impaired. the areas are sectioned off by wire, plants and elements with different tactile sensations are used and the white cards are printed in Braille|