Something for everyone at the Phila. Flower Show

March 8, 2013 2:57:26 PM PST
Take a walk outside the exhibition halls surrounding this year's Big Ben tower and there are plenty of things to see and do along the concourse, or High Street as it's called, in keeping with this year's British theme.

New this year is the "Make and Take" room, where, for ten bucks, you can make your own bonnet, or fascinator, just like the ones worn by England's well-dressed ladies.

Asked how long it took her to make hers, Mitzi Kowal of West Deptford, N.J. said, "about fifteen minutes. It was fun."

"I just finished it. I hope the hot glue doesn't stick to my hair," said Guen Kaffenberger of Danbury, Connecticut.

"I just wanted to be pretty," said Andrea Sparano of Gloucester Twp., N.J.

And where do you wear your finest fashion fascinators? To Garden Tea, of course. Where else?

"I've been to Britain, and this is just like being in London," said Susan Brooks of Pittsburgh, Pa.

"It's a little oasis at the flower show for people to come and have a very nice High Tea here, have their tea sandwiches, a little dessert," said Alan Jaffe, communications director for the flower show.

Also on display are high quality porcelain pieces from the doomed Titanic, including several items from 1st Class.

Even the 2nd Class blue delft china, registered in 1871 is still available today.

And for the guys attending the show, there's the "Man Cave at the Backyard."

Relaxing in one of the chairs, Jim Barlow of Neptune, N.J. said, "After three hours of walking around with my wife and my step-daughter and my son, yes!"

"Just had a little beer, picked up a couple of gardening tips and, you know, spring's coming. We've got to be prepared," said Jim's son, Pearson.

And if tea and beer don't suit you there's always wine tasting and stronger in the main hall!