Winner of the 2023 Phyllis M. Craig Award and PHS Silver Medal. Daica Skrobala started Polycarp Flowers in the summer of 2016 with a desire to artistically bring the outdoors indoors. Today, Polycarp Flowers is a small and mighty team of creative floral designers, and we love what we do. We each have our strengths, and we bring them together and collaborate to make your event unforgettable. We are passionate about our work, and our clients benefit from the exceptional attention to detail and creativity that goes into each one of our projects. We want to create works that transport you to a happier place. We believe in the power of nature and design. We are constantly engaged in projects that challenge us to think outside the norm. We are functional, OCD-enhanced creatives. Trust us; that's a good thing.
Winner of The 2023 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Silver Trophy, the Society of American Florists Flower Show Award, and the PHS Gold Medal. Schaffer Designs is Bill Schaffer and Kristine Kratt and their curated team of U.S. and international floral designers. Bill & Kris are diverse floral industry contributors extending into weddings, floral installations, destination events, global educational programs, showroom design, and product development. They are contributors to national and international floral design publications and are the authors of Taking the Flower Show Home. Bill and Kris are cutting-edge creators of "floral-sharing" opportunities through their multiple, award-winning "Best-in-Show" exhibits at the Philadelphia Flower Show and numerous commissioned floral art exhibits. Schaffer Designs combines their creative vision and technical skills to break out of age-old flower stereotypes to bring exquisite and unexpected floral creations that infuse the public's view of flowers with new energy. Bill and Kris were married at The Philadelphia Flower Show in 2012. They are both Accredited Members of the American Institute of Floral Designers and are both Certified Members of Professional Floral Communicators International. They now spread their love of flowers and floral design worldwide as Floral Fundamental Ambassadors. Schaffer Designs is celebrating its 17th exhibit at The Philadelphia Flower Show's 2023 production of "The Garden Electric."
Subaru (Ledden Palimeno)
Joe Palimeno is the Owner and Principal Designer for Ledden Palimeno Design, an international, award-winning Design-Build firm specializing in fine outdoor living. Joe's passion and design philosophy is to create incredibly unique and functional outdoor spaces that capture the desires and tastes of the client and blend them seamlessly into the surrounding environment and architecture. Joe is a four-time Best in Show and Gold Award winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show and, for his first appearance at the Singapore Garden Festival in 2012, Joe received Best in Show and Gold. This year they are honored once again for the opportunity to work with Subaru on their 2023 Show garden.
Susan Cohan Gardens
Winner of the 2023 Men’s Garden Club of Delaware Valley Award and PHS Bronze Medal. Susan Cohan, CPLD, FAPLD is the principal and design director of Susan Cohan Gardens, a full-service landscape design studio located in the New York/New Jersey metro area. For almost 20 years, Susan Cohan and her team have created landscape designs for discerning regional and international clients. The finished results are frequently published and have won numerous awards. From small courtyards to large country estates, Susan is dedicated to the creation of exceptional residential outdoor living spaces and gardens. Every project is highly individualized and integrates classic design principles with hand-crafted details and extensive horticultural knowledge. The results present the studio's clients with finished and furnished spaces that are responsive to their lifestyles, relevant to the sites, and environmentally responsible.
Winner of the 2023 Alfred M. Campbell Memorial Trophy, Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Assoc Trophy, The Bulkley Medal of The Garden Club of America, the PHS Gardening for the Greater Good, and the PHS Gold Medal. Temple's Ambler Campus. This exhibit was designed and built by college students under the guidance of two seasoned Landscape Architects. Horticulture students and staff prepare all the plants included in the exhibit. Temple University offers a unique hands-on experience that allows students to create, build, and showcase their talents for visitors to the Philadelphia Flower Show. The campus has been participating in PFS for 90 years total: 66 as Temple University. Since the inception of the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1932 and as Temple University since 1956.
The Men's Garden Club of Philadelphia
Winner of the 2023 PHS Bronze Medal. The Men's Garden Club of Philadelphia is a group of local gardeners interested in supporting the horticultural arts in Philadelphia.
Winner of the 2023 American Horticultural Society Environmental Award.. Iftikhar Ahmed, the principal and lead designer of Treeline Designz, has a passion for bringing humans closer to nature through living in landscapes. You could say it is in his blood. He is the son and grandson of nurserymen and a direct descendent of the noble Mian family who for generations (350 years) were the custodians of the Shalimar Gardens in Lahore, Pakistan, now a UNESCO world heritage site. After school, he used to work and spent all his time at his father's nursery and botanical garden in Lahore. He has a bachelor's degree in park & garden development and a master's degree in landscape and garden design, and has also done a number of courses. His great achievement is that he is continuing his family legacy through his work and creating unique and memorable gardens in the garden shows around the world. His goal is to bring people close to nature and fill the love of gardens in every heart.
University of Delaware
Winner of the 2023 PHS Sustainability Award and the PHS Silver Medal. Students from multiple departments at the University of Delaware (UD) come together through a student organization -- the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Club at UD -- and an elective class to design, build, grow and install the UD exhibit at the Show. For many years, UD students have participated in the Show in some aspect and, for at least the past 10 years, have been an Exhibitor in the Major Educational Exhibits. Disciplines represented include Landscape Architecture, Plant Science, Engineering, and Leadership, as well as others.
W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences
Winner of the 2023 PHS Gold Medal. The W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences is situated on over 130 acres of pastural land in the Roxborough portion of Philadelphia. Students travel to the school on a daily basis from many of the 66 wards that make up Philadelphia -- the North East, West, South and all parts in between, sometimes traveling over two hours to get to school. That dedication is shown in both the classroom and around a campus that resembles more working farm and arboretum than urban school setting. The W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences is the only Philadelphia high school to maintain their own grounds as well as take part in the Philadelphia Flower Show. They hope to continue the honor of placing in the top tier amongst the colleges and universities in our educational class.
Winner of the 2023 American Orchid Society Award. Waldor Orchids has been a family-owned and operated business since 1925. They grow and sell a wide variety of orchids at their 15,000-sq. ft. nursery in Linwood, NJ.