DelVal’s Philadelphia Flower Show display wins two awards

Mar 06, 2014

DelVal Flower Show display

DelVal's award-winning display in the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show explores the connection between people and nature. Students from New Hope-Solebury School District created artwork for the display to provide glimpses of nature through the eyes of children.

Delaware Valley College’s exhibit in the Philadelphia Flower Show won the Bulkley Medal of the Garden Club of America and a Special Achievement Award this year and will be on display until March 9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Philadelphia Flower Show is the largest and longest-running indoor flower show in the world. Students from the College’s landscape architecture and environmental sciences department help design, build and staff the exhibit each year.

The show opened March 1. This year’s theme is “ARTiculture,” and displays celebrate the connection between art and horticulture. The beautiful gardens that inspired famous artists are brought to life in the 10-acre show and, the paintings and works of art that have inspired landscape designers are celebrated. 

This year, DelVal’s display draws inspiration from some much younger artists; students in grades K-12 from New Hope-Solebury School District. About 1,400 students created art projects exploring the question, “What is nature?” for the display. 

From those pieces, 39 were chosen to be incorporated into DelVal’s exhibit, “Breakout.”

The display encourages people to break away from their routines and enjoy nature, but providing glimpses of nature through the eyes of local children. 

The College’s Special Achievement Award was for “Best Achievement in Creating a Garden with a Thought-Provoking Message.” The display also took home the Bulkley Medal of the Garden Club of America, which is awarded to a special exhibit in the fields of horticulture, botany, or conservation. The exhibit must be one of exceptional educational merit, which increases the knowledge and awareness of the viewing public.

Students in DelVal’s Flower Show course work with other students, alumni, faculty and staff volunteers on the exhibit each year.

Bulkley Medal


The students in the Flower Show course are graded on everything from design to set up, and even being at the show.

To learn more or, to purchase tickets visit: General Admission tickets are $27 online and $32 at the box office. Proceeds from the event support the work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Listen to a KYW interview with Michael Fleischacker, chair of the landscape architecture and environmental sciences department about the 2014 display, "Breakout!"