Cultivating Place: Sam Lemheney And The Philadelphia Flower Show

Mar 3, 2016

Sam Lemheney, Chief of Shows and Events for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Credit Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

    

The first official day of spring is right around the corner, and among other things that means we're in the heart of flower and garden shows around the country.

This week, we speak with Sam Lemheney, Chief of Shows and Events for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which annually hosts the famed Philadelphia Flower Show. The longest-running horticultural event in the country (not counting Spring herself), the Philadelphia Flower Show is a pilgrimage destination for many horticulturists and gardeners around the country.

A flower and garden show means many things to many people: it means dramatic garden designs, it means over-the-top flower arranging skills and breathtaking horticultural specimens in competition for Best of Show. And it also means education and community outreach and activism.

In this week’s program we’ll explore the history of the show and this year’s theme — a collaborative celebration of horticulture and the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service. The Philadelphia Flower show opens to the public March 5 and runs through March 13, 2016.

This display is an example of the extravagant horticulture at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
Credit Pennsylvania Horticultural Society