Flower Show Preview: Stoney Bank Nurseries
By Molly Daly
GLEN MILLS, Pa. (CBS) — For this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, titled “ARTiculture,” some major exhibitors are being paired with the country’s great art institutions.
“We’re calling the exhibit ‘Beauty of the Brandywine,’ ” says Stoney Bank founder Jack Blandy, “and we actually have the Brandywine River running through the exhibit.”
Blandy says the exhibit, inspired by the art of the Wyeths — NC, Andrew, and Jamie — will feature native plants, with the unifying theme a tree species that appears in the work of all three.
“We’re forcing eight or ten, 30-foot-high sycamore trees into full leaf,” along with about 200 species of flowering plants, he tells KYW Newsradio.
When Jack and I talked, there was less than a month to go till his thirty-fifth Flower Show appearance.
“I start not sleeping at night now,” he acknowledged. “It gets a little tense.”
So why keep doing do it?
“It’s been a wonderful experience, and a wonderful way for us to give back, too.”
Hear the extended interview with Jack Blandy in this CBS Philly podcast…
— (Part 1, runs 12:47)
— (Part 2, runs 7:46)
The 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show, “ARTiculture,” runs March 1st through 9th, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For tickets and more information, go to theflowershow.com.