A window display for the Flower Show at Weavers Way Co-op

A window display for the Flower Show at Weavers Way Co-op

by Pete Mazzaccaro

It’s that time of year again for the Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs from Feb. 28 through March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

It’s a the biggest gathering of flower and plant purveyors and their fans in the country, held annually by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This year’s theme is “At the Movies.”

Hillers planning to attend may want to mark March 2 on their calendar for when the Hill will star in what will be “Chestnut Hill” day at the Flower Show.

“Chestnut Hill has something exciting and delicious in store for the attendees of the Philadelphia Flower Show this year,” said Martha B. Sharkey, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business District. “We welcome guests to join us for the cooking and gardening demonstrations in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and then jump on SEPTA to visit Philadelphia’s Garden District in person – our beautiful and lively neighborhood is closer than you think.”

In order to show off the neighborhood – its businesses and talent for flora (Chestnut Hill is the City’s Garden District after all), The Chestnut Hill BID worked with PHS to present the following programs.

“In the Garden to Table Studio” will include a cooking demonstration from Andrew Sabni of El Poquito at 11:30 a.m. At 1:30 p.m. Diana Anella of Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Katie McCafferty of Night Kitchen Bakery will team up for a baking demonstration. Both bakeries will also be part of the “Wedding Wednesday” festivities on March 4th.

“In the Gardener’s Studio” will include the following presentations:

• 5 p.m. Melissa Palmer of Florum Flowers hosting “Make a Mini-Beast Mansion” workshop

• 5:20 p.m. Claudia Stemler of Brunettes Bookshop Bakery hosting “Alice’s Rustic Garden Party”

• 6 p.m. Ken Hay from Greenology hosting “The Art of String and Underwater Gardening”

Hill businesses will be present on other days as the Flower Show progresses.

On Thursday, March 5, at 11:30 a.m., Amy Edelman of Night Kitchen Bakery will host a Garden to Table demonstration –Making Chocolate Pudding. At 1:30 p.m., Chef Al Paris of Paris Bistro will prepare Monkfish with Sauce Vierge in the Garden to Table Studio.

Finally, on Saturday, March 7, Balance Chestnut Hill will take part in Wellness Day at the Flower show with free consultations from a personal trainer, demos and a “Petal to the Medal” pedometer challenge in which pedometers will be given as prizes to those who can reach a certain number of steps walked around the convention center during the show.

For more information, please visit www.chestnuthillpa.com.