I’m not really a big fan of flower shows. Huge displays of prematurely forced tulips really aren’t my thing. Gardening to benefit wildlife with native plants is my thing. And there’s usually precious little of that happening at any flower show I’ve ever been to.

But last week was the Philadelphia Flower Show, and I must admit to a guilty pleasure. My dear friend Bill Schaffer and his wife Kris Kratt of Schaffer Designs always have an incredibly creative and artistic display at the Flower Show, and I go every year to see what how they’ve outdone themselves this year.

Philadelphia is also known for its street art, and there’s lots of fun stuff to see just walking from the parking garage to the Philadelphia Convention Center, where the Flower Show is held.

This year I was pleasantly surprised to find a display that was educational and amusing. “A Backyard Battle” by the Mercer County Community Community College Horticulture Program.

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