For West Chester’s Sam Lemheney, Organizing This Year’s Philadelphia Flower Was No Walk in the Park

Sam Lemheney, West Chester
Image via Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Sam Lemheney.

For West Chester resident Sam Lemheney, Chief of Shows and Events for the Philadelphia Flower Show, the 2021 edition presented unique challenges, writes Melissa Jacobs for Main Line Today.

Even before the organizing stage had started, determining its 2021 format took time.

“Could we do a drive-thru experience? A virtual experience?” Lemheney recalled deliberating. “We decided that the best way to experience the flower show is in person. The plants are the stars of the show. But it’s also about the people who put it together. And the people who attend.”

As a result, this year’s edition was the first in its 192-year history to be held outside.

It wasn’t the first time that Lemheney had to be creative in organizing the Philadelphia Flower Show.

He recalled one theme, “Springtime in Paris,” with a flowery Eiffel Tower that was so tall that it involved moving an air duct.

“’Hawaii’ was tremendous, because we had amazing plants and flowers, plus dancers, performers, and a marketplace dedicated to Hawaiian products,” said Lemheney.

“’Explore America’ was another wonderful theme. To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th year, every exhibitor partnered with a national park and interpreted it.”

Read more about Sam Lemheney in Main Line Today.

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