"Pele" by Schaffer Designs
Hawaii has arrived in force at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, where the 2012 theme is "Hawaii, Islands of Aloha".
The landscape and floral displays are some of the best ever. I especially like the floral exhibit by Schaffer Designs entitles "Pele," a photo of which can be seen above. It really captures the feel of the active lava flow of Kilauea.
The crowds are setting records for the show which runs through this Sunday. One of the best times to see the show is during the dinner hours until the show's closing for the night. The show's producers have altered the normal layout of the displays, so for those of us who have attended the show for many years, it can be a bit confusing.
"Wave" by Valley Forge Flowers
In the Grand Hall you'll find the Hawaii Village in which each of the four major islands of Hawaii have representatives of the island visitor bureaus as well as many island vendors selling such items as Hawaii chocolate, fresh cut flowers shipped daily from Maui, Hawaii coffee, Hawaiian salt, Big Island macadamia nuts, taro chips and candy, jewelry, rare photos of Hawaii's native plants and much more.
You can even get help planning your trip from Liberty Travel where I am assisting in the mornings. Stop by and say hello.
Throughout the day dancers from the Polynesian Cultural Center on O'ahu and Halau o Keikiali'i from San Francisco perform on the main stage in the Hawaii Islands section of the show at Pele's Garden and at the stage in the Hawaii Village.
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