The top landscape prize at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show, not surprisingly, went to Leon Kluge Garden Design of South Africa. His firm's interpretation of the 2015 theme -- The Movies -- focused on the film "Maleficient." The movie featured Angelina Jolie in the starring role -- and Kluge used Picea abies 'Pendula Major' to represent the fairy queen.
And the wooden stairway shown here takes you up to the top part of the garden design, described in the post that I put up yesterday. An inspired design, with inspired plants for a well-deserved best in show award.
Among the "gold" winners in the landscape category was Paul Hervey-Brookes & Associates of the United Kingdeom. I'm unfamiliar with the movie, "The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe," but I certainly liked the winter scene, so appropriate for the east coast this year. Thankfully, it hasn't been snowing in Philly, but it sure is cold, so the winter scene is in keeping with the weather.
Flip to the other side of the landscape design and there's a classic English spring garden with clipped hedges, a nice lawn, and lots of herbacious perennials, not to mention the little English country house.
Another gold went to Stoney Bank Nurseries for "Chinese Blossoms." This view through the moon gate shows the Asian-style bridge in the background, over a lovely pond. This landscape was filled with Asian-origin plants, including magnolias, Japanese cedars, peonies, gingkos, and Japanese maples.
I can't list all the winners ... but go to the show and see them yourself! Always a great way to bring in spring.