By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society pays tribute to the National Park Service, as it plants the seeds for next year’s Flower Show at the Convention Center in March.READ MORE: Police: 4-Year-Old In Stable But Critical Condition After Being Struck By SUV In West Philly
The theme of next year’s Flower Show, “Explore America,” was announced at Independence National Historical Park with a pop-up display and a cake to the National Park Service, about to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Yellowstone, widely held to be the first national park in the world, was established in 1872.
Since 1916, The National Park Service has been tending to it and other parks, monuments, historical settings, battlefields, lakeshores, seashores, scenic rivers and trails.
PHS Chief of Shows & Events Sam Lemheney says premier floral and landscape designers will have no problem with this bucket list: dreaming up interpretations of spectacular settings around the country.READ MORE: Jordan Burnham Turns Suicide Attempt Into Years Of Advocacy As Teens Face Epidemic Of Depression
‘You’re not going to see a recreation of a section in the park, but they’re going to use it as an inspiration to create a garden that might relate to somebody at home – a home garden.”
A favorite is along Independence Mall. The 55-acre park comprises much of Philadelphia’s most-visited district, quite possibly “America’s most historic square mile” – the centerpiece of which is – Independence Hall.
Every year without fail, the first display visitors always gawk at and marvel over is the “Entrance Garden.”
Lemheney says next year’s Flower Show will feature a “Big Timber Lodge.”
“Akin to the big lodges you see at Yellowstone or Yosemite. We wanted to create an entrance that starts your journey throughout the parks.”MORE NEWS: Citizens Crime Commission Honors Yardley Police Chief Shot On Duty, Philly Teen Who Stood Up To Bullies
There will be over 50-designs on the Convention Center floor showcasing iconic parks and historic sites.