A Scent of Spring Awaits
by Jeff Lapp
Preparations are almost complete for the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show, March 11-19!
Whether the show team at EPA is ready or not, the time for set-up is once again upon us. The official day to begin construction of our display is March 6, however, plants have been forced for weeks and the show design and construction is nearing the end.
The theme for this year’s show is Holland and celebrating the multitude of contributions which that country has given to the horticultural industry. EPA’s display, “America: Land of Flowers” will focus on the wonderful palette of native flora which thrive right here in our own backyards. Many of these were exported abroad and returned to us with bigger and brighter flowers, but underneath they are still ancestors of the region’s rich diversity of native plants.
The weather in the past week or so has whetted our appetites for spring. The Philadelphia Flower Show will cure our need for flowers and the scent of a season quickly knocking on our door step.
If you are in the area, please stop by the EPA display at the show and share in our celebration of native species, the unique habitats they create, the water savings and runoff protection they provide, and the important ecological role they fill.
About the author: Jeff Lapp is a Wetlands Scientist who has been working in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1989 and has been designing and forcing for the show since 1991. He is an avid botanist and grows many native plants, specializing in our native pitcher plants, at his home in Bucks County.
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