Crown Jewels

Crown Jewels

Spring has arrived at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest indoor flower show in the nation. It is in full bloom in the beautiful, quirky, and majestic spirit of Great Britain. From knights and kings to modern-day London, the exhibits are inspired by centuries of British culture and reflect the event’s theme — “Brilliant!”

While touring the exhibits, I was transported from royal palaces to dark and foggy moors, then to a mad hatter tea party and a cricket club. My favorite exhibits are “JACK” by Schaffer Designs and “Crown Jewels” by the American Institute of Floral Designers. In “JACK”, you’ll experience the distorted, dark streets where Jack the Ripper roamed. There may be a line, but it is well worth the wait and it won best in show. “Crown Jewels” is an interpretation of the Royal Regalia in the splendor of rich jewel tones. It is spectacular.

Throughout the show, there are demonstrations and competitions. While I was there, SUNY Cobleskill students were competing on stage and the audience chose the winner by voting on their iPhones.

The Philadelphia Flower Show runs March 2-10. For information, visit or

What is your favorite exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show?