Dignitaries Bloom at Philadelphia Flower Show Opening Gala

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Friday night, Mar. 2 was the patrons’ Preview Gala at the Convention Center, featuring the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Wonders of Water,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. You know you have an important event when Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and many other dignitaries are spotted gazing at the rain forest display and many other fantastic exhibits.

L-R, SMOKEY ROBINSON, City Representative Sheila Hess, and Gov. Tom Wolf greet each other at the opening exhibit of the “Wonders of Water” 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show. Smokey spent several hours at the show again on Saturday, autographing books. Photo by Bonnie Squires

A STROLLING attendee enters the Rain Forest. Photo by Wendell Douglas

JANET HAAS, head of the William Penn Foundation, receives an award from Sam Lemheney, the Flower Show designer, for the foundation’s fabulous major exhibit, “Windows on the Delaware Watershed,” as well as their sponsorship of the Water Summit. Photo by Bonnie Squires

L-R, ROMY DIAZ, VP of PECO, with Mayor Jim Kenney at the patrons gala Friday night. The snowstorm did not hinder many people from making their way to the Convention Center. Photo by Bonnie Squires

EDWARD GAHRMANN, L, and Don DelBello were in flowery attire for the gala. Photo by Wendell Douglas

SUBARU of America is the premier sponsor of the Philadelphia Flower show for the 17th year. Seen here are, L-R, Linda and Tom Doll – Mr. Doll is CEO of Subaru of America – with the media sponsor, 6abc’s Dave Roberts and Karen Rogers. Subaru is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. Photo by Bonnie Squires

L-R, VALERIE ARKOOSH, MD, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, congratulates Lisa Stefano, VP for marketing of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and her husband Rick Ames, Esq. Photo by Bonnie Squires

L-R, MICHAEL DiBERARDINIS, City managing director, talks with Vicki & Larry Dubinski, CEO of the Franklin Institute. Photo by Bonnie Squires

ENJOYING the affair were, L-R, Joan Reilly, former PHS head; Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis; and philanthropist Janet Haas. Photo by Wendell Douglas

L-R, GOV. Tom Wolf, Smokey Robinson and Nedia Ralston shared a moment. Photo by Wendell Douglas

SMOKEY was the non-floral star attraction. Flanking him in this shot were Frank & Dottie Giordano. Photo by Wendell Douglas

NEXT IN LINE for Smokey were Mayor Jim Kenney and Lettie Santarelli. Photo by Wendell Douglas

L-R, MICHAEL DiBERARDINIS, City managing director, talks with Vicki & Larry Dubinski, CEO of the Franklin Institute. Photo by Bonnie Squires

L-R AT THE Flower Show gala opening were Nicole Rhoads, Pamela Vieira, Susan Woolley, Michael Smith and Matt Rader. Photo by Wendell Douglas

L-R WERE the American Institute of Floral Design’s team: Suzanne Sampson, Claire Kang, Dan Firth and Kim Olbis. Photo by Wendell Douglas

OUR PLANET is mostly covered by water, as this exhibit poignantly illustrates. Photo by Wendell Douglas

MATT RADER joined National Garden Club President Nancy Hargrove for this picture. Photo by Wendell Douglas

NANCY HARGROVE was surrounded by fellow members of the National Garden Club. Photo by Wendell Douglas

ROBINSON FLOW’s Emmanuela Williamson won a Best in Show cup, presented by Flip Ferry, L, and Sam Lemheney. Photo by Wendell Douglas

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