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Tropical Depression Eight

Hurricane Irene's Projected Path From http://www.weather.com

Hurricane Irene stubbornly continues on her path barreling towards all of the major Northeastern metropolitan areas. New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia are all included on her coastal tour. As you may have guessed hurricanes and roof gardens don’t exactly make for a party. For those of you with exposed outdoor spaces, here are some tips to consider as you batten down your hatches and prepare your roof garden for a storm.

1. Bring all lightweight furniture, cushions and accessories inside. Anything that you can lift and fit through the door should be brought in.

2.  Prune prune prune. Okay, so it may not be the ideal time of season to prune your containerized trees, but any extra branches or leaves you can remove will help reduce the impact of wind on the plants.

3. Cluster planters against the sides of buildings. Small pots that can be grouped together against building walls will generally be more secure than those left on the middle of an exposed rooftop. Of course each roof has its own specific conditions, but this is a general rule of thumb.

4. Turn dining tables upside down (assuming it doesn’t fit through your patio door). They can get caught by strong winds if left in their normal position. Place a protective surface on the floor, turn it upside down and place something on top of it to weigh it down. Extra concrete pavers or small planters could do the trick.

5. Fill some buckets of water and leave them on the terrace. Just in case the electricity goes out you are still going to want to water your plants after the storm dissipates.

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Philadelphia (the city of brotherly love) isn’t just about Rocky or Independence Hall. The annual spectacle we know as the Philadelphia Flower Show is open from March 6-13. This year’s theme is “Springtime in Paris.” With floriferous arrangements and topiaries everywhere you look, the event is completely oversaturated with stamens and pistils.


Previous Exhibits at the Philadelphia Flower Show

The miniature garden display boxes are my favorite exhibit and should be the first thing on your list to see when you arrive. The line for it gets quite long as the day progresses. Basically the artist must compose a scene in a 24×36″ box and use a certain amount of live plant materials. It’s all about scale, realism and ingenuity. 


Previous Exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Also make sure to see the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society exhibit. They have some of the most gorgeous bonsai on display I have ever seen. The marketplace has some interesting horticulture-related objects for sale but they tend to be the same from year to year. My recommendation is to focus on the above exhibits and then head downtown to Jim’s Steaks on South Street for the only thing in town cheesier than the flower show.

For full details and information about the show, visit: http://www.theflowershow.com


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