PHS announces award winners at Philadelphia Flower Show
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) announces its list of award winners at the 2023 Philadelphia Flower Show, “The Garden Electric.” Located in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Flower Show returned indoors this year after a two-year hiatus hosting the event outdoors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the first time in the show’s history, designers have been tasked with creating gardens between 2,200 and 2,900 square feet in size, making them the largest gardens ever displayed at the event. This new design direction is meant to mimic the feel of being outdoors and immersed in nature, offering a 360-degree blooming wonderland that can be viewed from all angles.
“The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Cup for Best in Show,” “The Philadelphia Trophy” and the “Governor’s Trophy” are among the many coveted awards bestowed. The 2023 exhibitor lineup placed emphasis on highlighting and uplifting garden and landscape designers from a variety of professions, experiences, and specialties, giving them an opportunity to share and showcase their unique perspectives.
The design inspiration for “The Garden Electric,” is dedicated to the spark of joy that comes from flowers and gardens. Designers created works of art featuring a dazzling array of colors, unique shapes and textures, rich fragrances, multi-media elements, and innovative designs focused on the opulent and celebratory aspects of flowers and gardens.
“The exhibits at this year’s Flower Show, ‘The Garden Electric’ reflected the wide-ranging viewpoints of many of the industry’s preeminent names. From peaceful landscapes to over-the-top floral installations, designers took the theme to heart and created electrifying works of art that thrilled judges and the public,” said Seth Pearsoll, creative director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
“The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Cup for Best in Show – Landscape” was presented to ILLExotics, a Philadelphia-based boutique that specializes in exotic plants such aroids, orchids, and captive-bred creatures.The boutique’s exhibit, “Studio Exotica,” is a Studio-54-inspired nightclub fully overtaken by tropical greenery and flowers, complete with a floral DJ, bartender, and dancers.
“The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Cup for Best in Show – Floral” was awarded to Harijanto Setiawan, an architect-turned-florist from Singapore and the creator of Boenga Floral Studio. His installation, “Florid Electron,” merged cutting-edge floral design, lighting, and experiential elements to create an immersive environment merging the world of floral design with interactive art.
The Philadelphia Award was presented to Newfields, led by renowned designer Jonathan Wright, the director of The Garden and Fairbanks Park at Newfields. This was Newfields’ first year exhibiting at the Flower Show, and their exhibit used mixed media projections to captivate guests.
The Silver Award was presented to Mark Cook of Mark Cook Landscaping & LLC, which has previously received numerous prestigious honors at the Flower Show, including Best in Show in 2022 and 2020.
For a full list of Flower Show award winners, click here.