This Week's Podcast: An Extravagant Showman puts on a "Brilliant" Show
Click on the small black arrow on the bar to listen, or the MP3 to download the show:Our guest this week is Chris Woods, a native of England, who has worked in horticulture for 30 years. He emigrated to the US to begin working on Chanticleer, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, in 1981. He directed the creation of this “pleasure garden” that is now known as one of the most exuberant, artistic and romantic public gardens in America. He then crossed the country stopping at various positions -- as the Vice President for Horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, and the Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. Now, he is back in the Philadelphia area as the Director of Meadowbrook Farm, the late J. Liddon Pennock’s nursery, which was bequeathed to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) in 2004.
The Society puts on the Philadelphia Flower Show, the biggest and most successful show of its kind in the United States, which is visited by over a quarter of a million people each March.
The theme for this year’s flower show is “Brilliant,” which is PHS’s take on England today. Chris is a member of the design team for the show’s central feature – “Big Ben” -- a modern interpretation of the four-faced clock in London (shown during construction before the opening, below).
Chris is going to tell us about his recent work and give us a taste of the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs from March 1 to 10.