Flower Show Honors 100 Years of National Park Service


The Pennsylvania Convention Center is officially in bloom as the Philadelphia Horticulture Society 2016 Flower Show celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service.

Designers filled ten acres of the Convention Center with over 400 displays, inspired by some of the Nation’s iconic parks, to represent this years theme: “Explore America.”

Claire Comer, park ranger at Shenandoah National Park, traveled from Virginia to support the centennial of National Park Service and show her activism for land preservation.

“It’s a great time to celebrate, it’s also a great time to reflect on what we’ve done well and what we can do better […] for the American people, and we want to be sure that […] (it) extends into the next one hundred years.”

Temple University Ambler School of Environmental Design took home the Special Achievement Award for its landscape design inspired by Hopewell Furnace, located near the Valley Forge area. The project took five long months to build, but, students say it was an eye opening experience.

Landscape and Architectural student, Daniel Berger dedicated many days and late nights to the build design process and was a part of the project every step of the way.

“… I thought it’s been a great process through and through. I mean, just from designing and seeing what’s realistic and what’s feasible, and then kind of putting those feasibilities into the design and construction process itself has really been an eye opener.”

The Horticulture Staff at Temple Ambler rooted and raised each plant used in the landscape at the greenhouse located on campus.

Berger is extremely grateful for the Horticulture Staff, saying:

“They really are what makes this exhibit what it is. So, we do the hardscape, but they, you know, they make it the Flower Show.”

Comer urges everyone, especially parents and children, to visit the Flower Show. The National Park Service hopes to inspire future generations to better the Nation and its parks for years to come.


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