Hill Top takes 2nd in its Class at the Philadelphia Flower Show

This time each year Philadelphians are teased with a taste of Spring indoors at The Philadelphia Flower Show - the nation's largest and longest-running horticultural event. Hill Top Preparatory School Science Teacher Adrienne Stretch uses this opportunity to introduce students to her passion for horticulture. This week, Mrs. Stretch and Hill Top's Horticulture students are working hard to compete with local and international exhibitors at this exciting venue which attracts more than 25,000 visitors each day.

Hill Top Horticulture students Sam '20, Coral '23 and Patrick '22 have prepared all year to create a Balcony Garden entitled Fleur de Cel. The exhibit is designed to invoke the international fireworks festival in Monaco and align with the Philadelphia Flower Show theme "Rivera Holiday." This morning the exhibit was awarded 2nd place in the Balcony Class competing against some veteran garden clubs. This is Hill Top's third year participating, earning 2nd Place and an Honorable Mention in previous years.


Exhibiting in the Flower Show teaches students far more than flowers and foliage. The experience, for Hill Top students in particular, provides an environment in which students learn healthy collaboration, teamwork, socialization and competition as they work side-by-side along students and horticulturists representing hundreds of exhibitors. Some of the high schools exhibiting include Lower Merion, Abington, Ridley and Olney High Schools.


Congratulations, Mrs. Stretch and the Horticulture students on this great honor! A special thanks to Director of Postsecondary Transition Amy Gillespie who "digs in" each year to support this effort.

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