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92 umbrellas - and even more flowers - by David

The exhibit is called "London Fog," and the fog machine was already puffing when I got to the Convention Center a little while ago to watch the flower show come together. I've come to expect interesting stuff from Robin and David Heller of Flowers by David in Langhorne, and they did not disappoint today, even though the thing is only half put together.

92 umbrellas - and even more flowers - by David

The exhibit is called "London Fog," and the fog machine was already puffing when I got to the Convention Center a little while ago to watch the flower show come together. I've come to expect interesting stuff from Robin and David Heller of Flowers by David in Langhorne, and they did not disappoint today, even though the thing is only half put together.

I think everyone down there is on tranquilizers or something. They're so calm. Can't be all for show; nobody paid any attention to me. One wonders how they do it. I guess it's called experience or organization, probably both.

Robin tells me she ordered 92 black umbrellas from Totes. The folks there were so excited, they started sending marketing materials along with the umbrellas. Guess they haven't heard of the flower show!

The umbrellas up top are handmade of chicken wire and a woven fabric that looks like mesh. The black umbrellas will be covered with flowers. There's water. There's mist and fog and floating arrangements made of carnations in interesting shades with white callas inserted ...

As I said, the Hellers can be counted on. For the Hawaiian theme last year Robin and David had an unusual take. Most folks did tropical scenes, beaches, palm trees. They did traditional tribal tattoos. Very cool.

This year, things are a little more playful.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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