June 9, 2016 |
Morris Cheston Jr., 78, of Spring House, a lawyer as renowned for his civic work as for his legal skills, died Sunday, June 5, of a heart attack at home. Mr. Cheston joined the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr L.L.P. in 1964. He became a partner in 1971 and senior counsel in 2009. His specialties were securities and corporate law, and legal matters involving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Perhaps his signature achievement in Philadelphia came in 1997 when, as board chairman of Pennsylvania Hospital, he campaigned for and implemented the merger of Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Health System into Penn Medicine.
May 2, 2016 |
Are pesky deer chomping your plants? Dandelion weeds making you daffy? On a recent tour of the Philadelphia Flower Show with my old pal "McGrath" - that's Mike to you, the strictly organic host of WHYY radio's You Bet Your Garden - we got to chatting about useful gardening gizmos that the horticultural hero swears by (but never at). "They're miracle workers!" McGrath bellowed (loud and enthusiastic being central to his charm). "These things can save your garden, but don't harm the wildlife or the environment.
March 30, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA SIGHTS Flower Show with a parks touch For nine days this month, visitors could hike from Independence National Historical Park to Acadia, Cape Cod, Shenandoah, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Olympia, and dozens of other national parks and historic sites - all within a few hours of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show hosted 255,000 guests for "Explore America," a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
March 7, 2016
Here is a list of major award winners at the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show, provided by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Cup - Best in Show, Floral: Robertson's Flowers & Events PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Cup - Best in Show, Landscape: Stoney Bank Nurseries Philadelphia Flower Show Silver Trophy - Floral: American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Philadelphia Flower Show Silver Trophy - Landscape: Hunter Hayes Landscape Design Alfred M. Campbell Memorial Trophy (Educational)
March 7, 2016 |
As preparations for this year's Philadelphia Flower Show ramped up this month, its theme - the National Parks - was cause for some head-scratching. With floral designers tasked with evoking national parks such as the Muir Woods National Monument (known more for towering redwoods and less for flowering plants) and Arches National Park (a literal desert), attendees couldn't be faulted for wondering where on earth they were going to put all the flowers. But the Flower Show's 188th incarnation, hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and opened to the public on Saturday morning, was, for many visitors, a welcome exercise in creativity.
March 2, 2016
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW The long: Just when we can't take another day of winter's gone-yesterday, here-today jerk-around, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society does its own spring via the world's oldest, largest indoor flower show, a tradition since 1829. This year's theme: National Parks. Dates: Saturday-March 13. The short: Acadia, Valley Forge, Yellowstone, Shenandoah, toy trains, and live butterflies. The demo: Many of the show's 260,000 guests belong to garden clubs and come by bus or train.
February 8, 2016 |
Until his final days, local artist Randall L. Dalton, 67, had what those who knew him best could only describe as "a Peter Pan complex. " "He didn't want to grow up," said Michael Martin Mills, 63, Mr. Dalton's partner of 34 years and a former Inquirer editor. "He wanted to be young and to have fun for the rest of his life. " Ask any of Mr. Dalton's close friends - it seemed as if he had "as many as two or three thousand," by Mills' estimate - and they would agree: When it came to staying young, Mr. Dalton came as close as one could get. Mr. Dalton, a prominent local artist from the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia who was known for his fierce advocacy for the regional arts community, died Friday, Feb. 5, from complications of a stroke.
February 6, 2016 |
Yes, Flower Show lovers, there will be geysers! And - albeit through live streaming - hiking through the redwoods and sledding with dogs in Alaska. Officials from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the organizer of the Philadelphia Flower Show, described Thursday some of the "adventure moments" the more than 250,000 expected visitors can experience from March 5 to 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year's Flower Show theme is "Explore America," to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service.
January 15, 2016 |
The city's tourism-promotion agency is giving smartphone users a chance to text with a Philadelphia accent. Visit Philadelphia's new downloadable Philadelphia Keyboard puts emoji-sized images of cheesesteaks (Whiz wit, of course), Liberty Bells, and Rocky statues at users' thumb tips for insertion into mobile messages. The agency hopes the application, released Wednesday, will amplify the increasing buzz around Philadelphia as a tourism destination, said president and chief executive officer Meryl Levitz.