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Philadelphia Flower Show

L’Art du Jardin Natural (The Art of the Natural Garden)

EPA’s exhibit at the 2014 show, "L'Art du Jardin Natural".

EPA's exhibit, "L’Art du Jardin Natural" was at the 2014 Philadelphia Flower ShowExit EPA Click for Disclaimer from March 1 to 9. The Flower Show is held every Spring in the Pennsylvania Convention Center Exit EPA Click for disclaimer. This year the Flower Show theme was "ARTiculture: where art meets horticulture".

Visitors to the exhibit experienced the brilliance and beauty of native plants, headwaters, and wetlands.

The exhibit displayed native plants, wetlands, and sustainable landscaping techniques in a passive setting. Here in nature’s garden, the palette of colors, textures, and fragrances transported the observer to a place of beauty and tranquility – a place apart from the hands of man. The exhibit highlighted the intrinsic beauty of our native wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees. The woodland garden reflected the benefits and importance of using native plants, which results in less use of fertilizers and pesticides, conserves water and helps maintain ecological balance.

This year's exhibit was honored with a Special Achievement award for the "Best achievement in native, sustainable landscaping techniques".

Native Plants

Native plants on display at the 2014 EPA exhibit.

EPA's exhibit highlighted the use of native plants to create a low-impact landscape and protect watersheds. Environmental benefits of using native plants extend to other areas that visitors may not have considered:

Using native plants in gardens may also save time and money otherwise spent on fertilizer, water and pesticides to grow non-native plants.

Examples of native plants in the exhibit that attract beneficial insects include:

A large praying mantis - a beneficial insect - on a wood post in a garden

The use of native plants is part of a set of practices called integrated pest management, which is a common-sense way of managing pests through biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools that minimize risks to people and the environment.

In other words, start with prevention; if a pest or weed problem develops, use an integrated approach to solve the problem. Learn more about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Principles.

Information about this and previous EPA flower show exhibits can be found on other pages:

Mid-Atlantic Region Home Page | EAID Home Page

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