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Expert shares how he prepared for Philadelphia Flower Show

by webdev

April 11, 2011

Attendees of the Philadelphia International Flower Show may have wondered how all those exotic and local gardens were in full bloom in early March. John Story, director of nursery operations at the Meadowbrook Farm, discusses the preparation process that takes place before the show to the Delaware County News Network.

The flower and plant conditions are controlled in greenhouses and overseen by several individuals who work at Meadowbrook Farm. The greenhouses are set at certain temperatures, depending on the flower or plant that they contain, and if one is not growing at the right pace, the workers will move them into a warmer or cooler climate. In addition, carbon dioxide and bug repellent are sprayed daily to enable the flowers to flourish. Story explains that because of these conditons, they are able to grow lilies, zinnias and rudbeckia.

"Because everything in the greenhouse is controlled, we can grow plants better and they look better than in your garden," Story said to the news source.

The immensity of flowers and gardens drew several people to the show. According to, attendance of the 2011 event increased by 12 percent from last year. 


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