Plastics Make it PossibleSM traveled to Philadelphia this spring — along with hundreds of thousands of gardening enthusiasts — for the annual International Flower Show that transported participants to the enchanting City of Light. Plastics Make it PossibleSM partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to showcase the growing role of plastics in horticulture and outdoor living.
A Philadelphia tradition since 1829, the world’s largest indoor flower show featured master landscape designers and florists who, from March 6-13, turned ten acres of the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a Parisian fantasy world of exotic plants and eclectic designs.
An engaging, interactive exhibit demonstrated how plastics have created new possibilities in the garden, with innovations from patio furniture to lightweight pots and watering systems to gardening tools. The display focused on the many ways that recycled plastic is used to make decking, lumber, vertical gardens, bird houses, furniture and more.
And what would Paris be without the majestic Arc de Triomphe? Plastics Make it PossibleSM commissioned Los Angeles artist Michael Dee to recreate the iconic Arc from various materials, including recycled plastics. Dee is known for transforming plastic cups and phosphorescent plastic tubing into unique, signature installation pieces. His creative and innovative uses of plastic have been featured in Art Review, Art Paper, Artillery, ArtWeek, The Los Angeles Times and more.
Visitors to the Flower Show wandered through a 75 feet wide replica of the Eiffel Tower base and then strolled through a bucolic park scene along the recreated Seine. Flowering trees, roses, lilacs, and rows of lavender lead visitors through gardens inspired by the Tuileries. In the distance, a Moulin Rouge setting pulsed with cabaret performances, spectacular flower sculptures and carousel topiaries.
The Show featured afternoon teas, lectures and demonstrations, a Gardeners Studio, All-Star Culinary Presentations, competitive classes, a marketplace of more than 180 vendors from around the world, and daily entertainment.