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At the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show 


 (Philadelphia, PA / Camden, NJ), On March 4-11, 2012, the Camden Children’s Garden (CCG) is back at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, the largest indoor flower show in the world!  This award-winning organization operated by the Camden City Garden Club (CCGC), will present, “A Child’s Tropical Adventure.”

At the Camden Children’s Garden, gardeners and staff are preparing their exhibit to install at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in late February. This exhibit will be imaginative visually to pay homage to the children of the “Aloha Nation”, as well as, demonstrate to all visiting families, the power of growing their own food. 

The Camden Children’s Garden hopes to transcend the spirit of the Flower Show theme, “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha.”  


To create this tropical and horticultural paradise, the 680,000 square foot floor of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Exhibit Hall Space (in downtown Philadelphia) will be transformed into a tropical paradise, showcasing the latest in sustainable systems, artistic horticultural marvels, and a profound gathering of green-minded people.

In the spirit of collaboration, Michael Petrie’s HANDMADE GARDENS will design and install the exhibit with CCG.  “We are so excited be back at the Philly Flower Show this year, and we are especially looking forward to working with Michael Petri, one of show’s premier designers,” Said Mike Devlin CCG’s Executive Director.

Their 30ft x 15ft exhibit space will include tropical plant life, vegetables and fruit, in a whimsical, yet functional design.  This interactive exhibit will feature a tunnel made from willow branches and other natural materials, where children crawl through!  Families can pose for photos as butterflies as they reach the butterfly peek-a-boo facade with face cut-outs (photo).  The Hawaiian tropics will come alive through the exhibit’s lush floral, signature palm trees, and edible plant life such as pineapples, fig trees, citrus trees, banana trees, vegetables and herbs.  The exhibit will also feature giant insects with a sustainable twist!  These 4-foot brightly colored ants are made of recycled car parts and usually reside at the Camden Children’s Garden, where curious kids can climb and play.  Visitors will not be able to climb on the bugs at the show–you’ll have to go to Camden for that–but the exhibit will be a kid-pleaser, and a great introduction to the fun activities at the CCG (more info below about CCG’s programs).