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Topiary Animals Are A Big Draw At The Philadelphia Flower Show

(Credit: Karin Phillips)

(Credit: Karin Phillips)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One of the chief attractions of the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show is a troop of colorful topiary animals completely made of flowers.

The flower show – themed Springtime in Paris – begins Sunday.

The smells and sounds of glue, lots and lots it, as workers at Valley Forge Flowers in Wayne join with volunteers from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to glue thousands of dried flowers to frames to create giant animals, a giant lion, a dolphin, an ostrich, a resplendent peacock. Fresh flowers are added, and then will be replaced mid-Flower Show week.

Manager Barbara King explains the process, “The whole team of designers goes and we completely remove all of the flowers and start all over again. Because we want everyone who comes into the show to see, no matter what day or what time, it’s spectacular.”

The flower statues will be on a carousel and near the entrance of the Flower Show.

Reported By Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio.

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