DelVal’s exhibit at the Philadelphia International Flower Show wins multiple awards

Mar 08, 2012

Delaware Valley College’s Philadelphia International Flower Show exhibit, “The World Beneath Our Feet,” won three awards this year and will be on display until March 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Students help design, build and staff the exhibit each year.

The Philadelphia International Flower Show opened March 4. This year’s theme is “Hawaii, Islands of Aloha.”

DelVal’s exhibit features plant material on the exterior with a walk-through cave underneath showing soil profiles. On the outside is a water section with information about different types of fish and more. Participants who view the display can learn about topics such as soil, water and geology.

The exhibit won the prestigious Bulkley Medal of the Garden Club of America, which is awarded to an exhibit of exceptional educational merit that helps to increase the knowledge and awareness of the public. The award is open to exhibits in the fields of horticulture, botany and conservation.

DelVal also won a Special Achievement Award of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, which is awarded to exhibits of unusual excellence in the categories of conservation, education, horticulture and creativity.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society honored DelVal’s display with the Best Achievement Displaying Natural Ecosystems award.



Students in DelVal’s Flower Show course work with other student and alumni on the exhibit. They started designing it in fall 2011 and began building it the second half of the semester.

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

For more information or to get your tickets to check out this year’s show and see DelVal’s exhibit visit:

One adult general admission ticket is $27 online. Box office tickets are $30 each for adults March 5-9 and $32 March 10-11.

Proceeds from the event support the work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.