Right before the United States changed forever by this Covid-19 plague, The Philly Flower Show was held as it had been for the past 191 years. Family and friends came and tons of folks reached out. Some of the feedback was expected, but so much of it was either slightly surprising, or incredibly satisfying. I love being “invisible” during the public hours at the show, eavesdropping the honest feedback in real time, like a secret undercover agent.
This post is about being thankful, and for allowing those who couldn’t make it, an inside look into the exhibit this year. Even if you came, you might hear some insights that you didn’t already know. The only things I couldn’t really squeeze into the six minutes, is how much I appreciate the crew that helped create this very special exhibit this year.
It was the third year in a row of being the black sheep of the show, and three years worth of trust in partnering with Mark Harding of Flower Haus. Mark is so much more than a florist. Mark is a clown, an artist, an author, an aerialist, a performance artist, and a generally incredible human being. The most wonderful things about working with Mark is that he can understand and contribute to my wild visions, switch gears on a dime, and he has no ego. Jeremy Horner came back to work the entire week with Mark and was instrumental in doing anything from carpentry and lighting to going on coffee runs. He was selfless and brought humor and support. Brady Everett was too busy to give us the week this year, but made the return on the last day to help push the botanical designs to closure. He too brought laughter and unfettering support.
The support for the “girl power” in our crew, likely gets a jolt from being the father of a daughter as well as having a Fine Arts degree. Nevada Tribble and Alizah Lathrop were both in their final years at Shephard University Fine Arts program. Nevada works with just about everything but has been doing a lot with fabrics and sculpture installations, while Alizah has an approach to painting in layers that is incredibly fresh. I am heartbroken that their final year and shows were totally disrupted. Kayley Kemp is working on her masters degree in NYC and her figural painting skills are absolutely stellar. These girls returned for the entire install, and were instrumental in both the mundane and repetitive tasks, as well as the absolute creative freedoms.
Lastly, and certainly not leastly, I need to thank Matt Sullivan and Jason Prezant from Short Order Production House. Matt helped me garner some press with a “big boy pants” press release, and Jason came to the show twice to shoot and edit all of the gorgeous photography in this post and within the video. My forever lovely wife Leisa… she makes these in-sane projects come to fruition. From offering warnings, to lifting me up when I am second guessing (the former happens much more often). From boats, bobcat loaders and forklifts on the driveway, she puts up with me. The late nights and longs hours take a toll on familial regularities every year and I can’t thank her enough for keep all of our s#*@t together.