How do all those out-of-season plants bloom just in time for the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show? It’s a combination of art and science and the magic happens at Meadowbrook Farm. Join Nathan Roehrich and Chris Woods as they lead a tour through the greenhouses, highlighting the plants being grown for the 2013 Show, Brilliant! You will see them first at Meadowbrook and learn the fascinating details that are part of this amazing horticultural balancing act.
So you don’t want to wait for the Flower Show? You can try your hand at forcing some blooms of your own. If you have forsythia in your yard (or know of someone who does), take some cuttings on a day that is above freezing. Make sure they’re less than three feet in length and put them in a vase of warm water. Recut the stems once they are under water and let them sit for several hours. Repeat the process, changing the water and adding floral preservative. Keep the vase in a warm, sunny place and soon you’ll be rewarded with yellow blossoms!