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(Stoney Bank Nurseries' founder and president Jack Blandy is partnering with the  Brandywine River Museum to present his 35th Flower Show exhibit.   Photo by Molly Daly)

(Stoney Bank Nurseries’ founder and president Jack Blandy is partnering with the Brandywine River Museum to present his 35th Flower Show exhibit. Photo by Molly Daly)

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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.

And for Stoney Bank Nurseries in Glen Mills (Delaware County), the Brandywine River Museum in nearby Chadds Ford was a natural fit.

“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)

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— (Part 2, runs 7:46)

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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.

CBS Philly 2014 Flower Show Preview — main page

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