Philadelphia, PA - The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) announced the award winners for its 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show, "Habitat: Nature's Masterpiece." Located in South Philadelphia's FDR Park, the Flower Show was held outdoors for the first time in its 193-year history from June 5-13, 2021. Garnering inspiration from the Show's alfresco location, designers created exhibits utilizing the historical district's stunning natural beauty as its backdrop.
Award Winners for 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show
Categories for the 2021 awards included "Best in Show," "The Governor's Trophy," and "The Philadelphia Trophy," among others. To judge this year's landscape creations, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society handpicked a group of horticultural experts consisting of Flower Show Committee members and gardening professionals. As a result, this year featured the most designers, gardens, and floral displays in the Show's history, with over 75 unique installations spanning the Show's 15-acre outdoor footprint for guests to see and interact with.
The coveted "PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Cup--Best in Show" award was presented to East African horticulturalists and landscape designer Wambui Ippolito. Ippolito's design won by combining color, horticulture, and unique design elements. Influenced by her upbringing in the Great Rift Valley in Africa and her lifelong travels. Ippolito's show garden "Etherea" was a contemporary re-interpretation of the moorlands where humanity's earliest ancestors lived. The creation evoked light, air, and peace in nature.
Below is the complete list of winners in competitive categories.
2021 Philadelphia Flower Show Award Winners
- The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Cup--Best in Show - Wambui Ippolito
- The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Silver Trophy - Mark Cook Landscape & Contracting LLC
- The American Horticultural Society Environmental Award - Refugia Design Ltd.
- The Garden Club of America Certificate of Excellence in Photography - Lorentzen-Bell, Evelyn
- The Governor's Trophy - Innovative/Unique Design Nomad Studio
- Herb Society of America Award Petit Jardin en Ville
- The Kate and Robert Bartlett, Jr. Award - Best Use of Trees - Patrick Cullina
- Men's Garden Club of Delaware Valley Award - Wambui Ippolito
- The Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Trophy - Waldor Orchids
- The Philadelphia Trophy - Best Use of Color - Treeline Designz
- The PHS Gardening for the Greater Good Award - Refugia Design Ltd.
- The PHS Gardening for the Greater Good Award - WRT, LLC
- The PHS Gold Medal Award -(Best Use of PHS Gold Medal Plants) - J. Downend Landscaping
- PHS Gold Medal - Irwin Landscaping, Mark Cook Landscape & Contracting LLC, Nomad Studio, Treeline Designz, Wambui Ippolito, WRT LLC
- PHS Silver Medal - Donald Pell Gardens, Men's Garden Club of Philadelphia, Inc., Patrick Cullina, Petit Jardin en Ville, Refugia Design Ltd.
- PHS Bronze Medal - Abdallah Tabet, Balmori Associates, J. Downend Landscaping, Jacques Amand International, Ltd., Waldor Orchids
- Special Achievement Award -Garden Club Fed of PA (Conservation: 1,000 sq ft & over) - Patrick Cullina
- Special Achievement Award - Garden Club Fed of PA (Conservation: under 1,000 sq ft) Refugia Design Ltd.
- Special Achievement Award - Garden Club Fed of PA (Creativity: 1,000 sq ft & over) Wambui Ippolito
- Special Achievement Award - Garden Club Fed of PA (Creativity: under 1,000 sq ft) Nomad Studio
- Special Achievement Award - Garden Club Fed of PA (Education: 1,000 sq ft & over) - Petit Jardin en Ville
- Special Achievement Award - Garden Club Fed of PA (Education: under 1,000 sq ft) - WRT, LLC
- Special Achievement Award - Garden Club Fed of PA (Horticulture: 1,000 sq ft & over) - Waldor Orchids
- Special Achievement Award - Garden Club Fed of PA (Horticulture: under 1,000 sq ft) - Irwin Landscaping