May 22, 2009

The first garden tour of the season

On Wednesday, we had the first garden tour of the season at my farm in Bedford, a group of nineteen members of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS.) What is notable about this society is that it is the oldest horticultural club in the United States, established in 1827. In 1829, twenty-five enthusiastic members of PHS wanted to show off their prized plants and they organized and produced the nation's first flower show, The Philadelphia Flower Show. That flower show has grown tremendously since then and is now the largest indoor horticulture display in the world. PHS has a membership of 14,500 and their mission is to 'motivate people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture' - a very nice mission, indeed.

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A group shot taken on my terrace.