Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Does this look like an English moor?

Didn't think so, but it may when you get to MODA Botanica's exhibit at the show, called "Fog on the moors." True to its reputation, MODA has taken a very creative approach. The silhouetted moors, which visitors will walk through, are white and gray up top and naturalized plants below. The designers are using eucalyptus, Spanish moss, heather, white mums and hydrangea - lots of white flowers at the show this year - Scotch broom, heather ... bubble wrap, hot glue strips, shredded white paper and white plastic zip ties.

Does this look like an English moor?

Didn't think so, but it may when you get to MODA Botanica's exhibit at the show, called "Fog on the moors." True to its reputation, MODA has taken a very creative approach. The silhouetted moors, which visitors will walk through, are white and gray up top and naturalized plants below. The designers are using eucalyptus, Spanish moss, heather, white mums and hydrangea - lots of white flowers at the show this year - Scotch broom, heather ... bubble wrap, hot glue strips, shredded white paper and white plastic zip ties.

I know it sounds strange and not very evocative of anything other than a Staples garage sale. Actually, I liked it. I like what these folks do every year. They have fun, they're playful, and the results of their work are worthy of conversation.

This is a picture of what you can do with zip ties. I must have 100 of them at home. And speaking of shredded paper and bubble wrap, I can probably rustle up some of that, too. Maybe I'll make some foggy moors over the weekend. A family craft project.

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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