National Parks celebrated at the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show

When claiming this young nation requires upgrades some undervalue the soil and rock on which it is based on.

Photographer Ansel Adams forms the inspiration behind a large black-and-white floral display at the 2016 PHS Flower Show. Adams job is currently up for grabs as the National Parks Service is searching for a dedicated photographer to step I the shoes of the historic significant landscape photographer. 'Explore America' is the theme for the 2016 edition of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society Flower Show. The annual show, the largest in its kind, is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia PA., and runs till March 13. (Bastiaan Slabbers)
Photographer Ansel Adams forms the inspiration behind a large black-and-white floral display at the 2016 PHS Flower Show. Adams job is currently up for grabs as the National Parks Service is searching for a dedicated photographer to step I the shoes of the historic significant landscape photographer.

While it seems most of the nation’s infrastructure really needs a tune-up or at least a fresh coat of paint, a group of centenarians is only getting better over time.

Visitors of this year’s Flower Show will see a large scale celebration of the 100th anniversary of United States’ National Park Service (NPS) as they scout the Convention Center wandering one of three ‘trails’ to ‘Explore America’.

Parker ranger CLAIR COMER, stationed at the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia greeting visitors as she stand next to American Bison/Prairie House, 2011 by Emily White, at the entrance of the 2016 PHS Flower Show. 'Explore America' is the them for the 2016 edition of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society Flower Show. The annual show is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia PA., and rubs till March 13. (Bastiaan Slabbers)
Parker ranger CLAIR COMER, stationed at the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia greeting visitors as she stand next to American Bison/Prairie House, 2011 by Emily White, at the entrance of the 2016 PHS Flower Show.

Near the entrance at the Big Timber Lodge, Park Ranger Clair Comer greets visitors as she stands in front of a hybrid sculpture of a bison, whose tail end just happens to resemble the skeletal structure of a plain prairie house.

Ranger Comer, normally stationed at the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, is staying in Philly for a week before other rangers take over her shift for the remainder of the show.

A highlight (Zone X of the 11 zone system, for those who studied art photography) of the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show includes a large homage (in stylish black and white, natch) to world renown landscape photographer, Ansel Adams. (BTW, do you love nature and do you have a popular Instagram account? His old job with NPS had a recent opening for $100k/year!

Representing the inside of a California Redwood tree a Chandelier Tree is the center piece in the display of American institute of floral designers (AIFD) 'Explore America' is the theme for the 2016 edition of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society Flower Show. The annual show, the largest in its kind, is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia PA., and runs till March 13. (Bastiaan Slabbers)
Representing the inside of a California Redwood tree a Chandelier Tree is the center piece in the display of American institute of floral designers (AIFD)

Also noteworthy, and situate next to the Ansel Adams display, is a beautiful exhibit inspired by California’s majestic Redwood Forest with showstopper, the Chandelier Tree, by American institute of floral designers (AIFD).

Old faithful at Yellow Stone Park (not in full scale!) is only a few steps from Wissahickon Valley’s iconic Valley Green Inn, making a nice destination for a day of exploration of some of the countries best spots, and all conveniently in one giant hall, because, well America is still united, you know.


See the gallery with some of the ‘zone X-s’ of the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, ‘Explore America’, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center till March 13, 2016.