Local art students score first prize at the Philadelphia Flower Show
Their installation, “Surrealist Tea With Dalí”, received a perfect score from the judges! The display featured student-made pottery inspired by Salvador Dalí as well as a variety of bizarre cacti and succulents from the Mediterranean.
Students worked for 6 weeks with the Claymobile/Clay Studio to create bowls, cups, and chia pets for their winning display. They also entered the Pressed Plants category and entering plant collages with real plant material for the “Umbrellas at The Beach” theme. Students took a field trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show to document their work and experience.
Editor’s Note: A Royal Connection
The theme of this year’s show was the Riviera – particularly the region around the Mediterranean Sea (Greece, Italy, and France) – but the show also had a royal connection with roots in Philly.
Grace Kelly, who grew up in the East Falls section and achieved Hollywood fame, became Princess of the tiny Principality of Monaco (a nation on the coast of France that was spotlighted in this year’s show) in 1956.
Kelly’s love of flowers began when she was a child in East Falls and stayed with her throughout her life. She entered her own flowers into Flower Show competitions as a young woman and later, in Monaco, she designed a rose garden, cultivating hundreds of varieties. Her specialty was pressed flowers.
Her love of flowers endures. The Garden Club of Monaco, which she created in the late 60s as Princess of Monaco, exists to this day. In honor of the royal family’s contributions, this year’s Flower Show featured hundreds of Princess Charlene roses, a tea hybrid named after Grace’s daughter-in-law, the current wife of Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The Rose Garden also included more than 5,000 cut roses around a platform with a copy of Princess Grace’s wedding gown.