DAVID RUBIN Land Collective
DAVID RUBIN Land Collective is a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. The studio is dedicated to crafting landscapes that create positive change through cross-disciplinary collaborations and the synthesis of art, technology, and the social sciences to create human-centered works. It is an appreciation for empathy that drives the studio's design process. Their practice emphasizes holistically-sustainable design principles, with social sustainability leading the design effort. Life is what happens between buildings. Since a successful space is one that's well attended, the success of their design depends on how people engage each other in it, no matter what the scale.
Delaware Valley University, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science
Delaware Valley University is an institution of higher education focused on Experiential Learning. With almost 3/4 of a century of continuous exhibits at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Delaware Valley University strives to not only educate but to entertain visitors. Their goal at every show is to leave people excited and talking. The university's Flower Show Design/Build Studio course brings together students from across campus to learn the detailed fundamentals of design and fabrication.
Winner of The 2023 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Cup, The Governor's Trophy, and the PHS Gold Medal. ILLExotics is a boutique shop located in Philadelphia on East Passyunk Avenue that provides an immersive experience to our customers the moment they walk through the door. They specialize in uncommon tropical plants from aroids to orchids, and captive bred fauna ranging from chameleons to poison dart frogs and invertebrates. Their business philosophy is centered around ethics, environmentalism, and education -- where they strive to help people reconnect with nature by bringing life into their home in the form of houseplants and terrariums, or one step further to a vivarium complete with a reptile or amphibian. The owners are a married couple and both created the brand and built out the store on their own. Franco went to school for botany and herpetology, always working with cut flowers on the side for fun. When Chris met Franco, he knew Franco was special and fueled the fire to change how reptiles and plants were done in a retail setting. With Chris's design, and their shared passion for nature -- they brought ILLExotics to life.
Lakeside School Green House
Winner of the 2023 PHS Gold Medal. Lakeside School Greenhouse has been in existence for 26 years, starting as a small hoop house, growing to a 5000-sq ft. greenhouse that grows over 30,000 plants annually for our 3 school campuses, plus our Greenhouse business which is open to the public. It provides students with hands-on opportunities in the horticulture industry as well as business skills by working with customers in our Greenhouse business. They are proud to be exhibiting for the 7th year at the Flower Show, and love having the ability to create exciting displays within the major exhibitors' division.
Mercer County Community College Horticulture Program
Winner of the 2023 Chicago Horticultural Society Flower Show Medal, the PHS Gold Medal Award, and the PHS Gold Medal. Mercer County Community College has been offering Horticulture as a major since the mid 1970's. The goal is to provide students with the knowledge and experience required to be successful within the industry or at a transfer institution. The Philadelphia Flower Show provides a fantastic learning experience for student volunteers.
Winner of the 2023 Philadelphia Trophy, the PHS Council Trophy, and PHS Gold Medal.. Newfields offers dynamic experiences with art and nature for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic home, performance spaces, a nature preserve, and a sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the IMA Galleries to concerts in The Toby, to a stroll through The Garden with a glass of something cold, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and ten oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country.
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.
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.