Great surprise to me ... but this garden was the top landscape winner at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show ... evoking the Brandywine Valley landscapes that inspired three generations of painters in the Wyeth family. It looked like many other exhibits of past years, with flowering rhodos, dogwood, fothergilla and amelanchier, along with lots of shade plants. (See my earlier post for my favorites from the show).
This "cubist" garden by Burke Bros Landscape Design/Build is a takeoff on items found at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California ... using cacti, shade perennials and rhodies and azalaeas around the pool.
There were also several of Andy Warhol's "Flower" series from the Bank of America Collection. They were printed in a portfolio of 10 ... each one in different colors ... and were first shown at the Leo Catelli Gallery in 1964. Warhol painted them after he saw a photo of hibiscus blossoms by Patricia Caulfield in Modern Photography magazine.
The show included a number of sculptures ... this exhibit by Michael Bruce Florist is based on an exhibit of Seward Johnson sculptures at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ ... well worth a visit if you've never been there.
And there is much, much more at the show ... including this monumental entrance garden devoted to the mobiles of Alexander Calder. I missed the dance troupe that dangles from the ceiling over it several times a day ... most likely quite a show.
And don't forget ... this is a FLOWER show ... not a landscape show ... so go and enjoy an early spring. It's one of the best shows in years. Open through March 9th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.