PHILADELPHIA >> When the 2018 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Flower Show, “Wonders of Water,” opens to the public March 3-11, Delaware County will be well represented on the floor at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Local nurseries, landscapers, garden designers, horticulture students and others in the county will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the tropical rainforests, native woodlands, temperate forests and landscapes that they’ve created to showcase the hundreds of plants, flowers, trees and shrubs that thrive in each environment. Their exhibits will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. The 2018 Flower Show marks the 39th year that Stoney Bank Nurseries in Glen Mills will participate. The business holds the prestigious title of the second longest consecutive exhibitor at the show. As one of the show’s main exhibitors each year, Stoney Bank’s display is front and center on the floor, close to the show’s entrance. The team at Stoney Bank has an avalanche of awards that they’ve garnered from their years of participation in the show, winning the Gold Medal twice, “Best In Show” seven times, “International Gold Medal” three times, “Silver Trophy” three times and over a dozen other awards numerous years. “The Flower Show always ushers in spring fever and provides lots of new ideas for gardens for those who attend,” said Hannah Deputy, Stoney Bank landscape architect and lead designer of this year’s exhibit. “This is going to be an incredible year at the show because water is always fun and interesting, so I am sure this theme will spark many creative ideas.” Deputy said that Stoney Bank has won numerous awards for its Forcing of Plants, a scientific agricultural procedure used to produce flowers and plants out of season. Forcing of plants is based on knowledge of their biology and the use of special methods that make possible the regulation of their growth and development. Deputy said that Forcing of Plants is a fine art, and to her knowledge, only two other exhibitors, PHS Meadowbrook Farm and Peace Tree Farm, use them in their exhibits. The forcing process requires Stoney Bank to use five different greenhouses, with varying temperatures that range from the 40 to 80 in degrees. Stoney Bank’s 2018 exhibit is entitled, “Water’s Edge,” and will highlight various ways that water interacts with land. The display will be set up on a floor space that measures 41×49. Stoney Bank began to drop off pallets of materials and other items on Feb. 22. Deputy said the idea for their exhibit was a collaborative effort of the whole Stoney Bank team. “I am really looking forward to seeing the show this year,” commented Joe Blandy, owner and president of Stoney Bank Nurseries, who will be at the show with his father, Jack Blandy, Stoney Bank’s founder. “Water is such a dynamic force of nature. I am excited to see the PHS exhibits and how all of the talented participants creatively use water in their exhibits, created from so many different […]
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