DelVal Students Honor New Orleans in Flower Show

Feb 13, 2008

Eight Delaware Valley College ornamental horticulture majors, their professors and dozens of volunteers are busy readying their Philadelphia Flower Show entry titled "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans," based on the Louis Armstrong song of the same name. The entry will be on display during the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 2 through March 9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

"Students wanted to compliment the show's overall theme of 'Jazz it Up,' which will celebrate the birthplace of jazz by focusing on what New Orleans was before Katrina hit," said Howard Eyre, assistant professor in DelVal's Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design Department and consultant who has worked in New Orleans on issues of horticulture following the flooding. Along with Eve Minson, also an assistant professor in the department, Eyre directs the students in the exhibit.

"The students on this project have a very personal connection to the Katrina-torn area, as many of them participated in a DelVal College relief effort in 2007. They wanted to keep encouraging people to bring back the former splendor of New Orleans by focusing on what it was like before the disaster hit."

Students will prepare the entry as part of the Flower Show course. The entry will depict a city park and bistro in New Orleans. More than 150 plants will be featured particularly the Southern Magnolia, a tree often seen in southern gardens and one that the city of New Orleans is well known for but misses currently in the landscape.

Delaware Valley College participates in the Philadelphia Flower Show annually, offering students a very unique and complex hands-on learning experience, particularly in the preparation of out-of-season plant materials for the show. The Philadelphia Flower Show is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society and is the largest indoor flower show in the world.