Stoney Bank Nurseries of Glen Mills has taken prestigious “Best In Show” in the landscape category at the Philadelphia Flower Show for its landscape design inspired by Philadelphia Horticultural Society.
ARTiculture is theme of this year’s show, sponsored by the Stoney Bank Nurseries. The show began March 1 and will be at the Philadelphia Convention Center through Sunday.
The Glen Mills firm, which outshone international competition, took inspiration from Chester County American realist painters N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, whose works are displayed at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford.
Stoney Bank incorporated the rolling hills, babbling streams and quiet farms of the Brandywine Valley in its exhibit – the 35th annual flower show exhibit for Stoney Bank. Other local exhibitors are:
North American Rock Garden Society, Delaware Valley Chapter, from West Chester. In its exhibit the society used small, challenging prized plants needing special care and good drainage for a display titled “A Gardener’s Palette, Rock Garden Plants from Around the World.”
Organic Mechanics Soil Company, LLC, of Modena. Mark Highland is the “organic mechanic” passionate about sustainable gardening. His firm sells several varieties of potting soil, worm castings, compost tea bags, plant and lawn food and bark mulch.
Highland’s Mogreena Artist Garden evolved from found objects cast away by society. He highlighted these within an urban foraging garden. Highland’s exhibit was inspired by the joy of foraging for found objects to repurpose into new life, with plants adding a joyous artistic expression.
Pennsylvania Bonsai Society of Glenmoore. The exhibit celebrates bonsai art as preserved from one of the oldest bonsai groups in the U.S. The society was founded in 1963 and its members range in skill from beginners to bonsai masters, and some have achieved state, national and world recognition for their achievements.
The American Ivy Society of Lionville. The society used Hedera ivy, commonly known as English ivy. The clinging vine is a familiar sight in gardens, waste spaces, on house walls, tree trunks and in wild areas across its native habitat. Although labeled an invasive species, the society used the vine to beautiful advantage.