College exhibit a hit at Flower Show

DOYLESTOWN An exhibit at the recent Philadelphia Flower Show made by students at Delaware Valley College earned five awards, including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's gold medal in education, the college announced last week.

Delaware Valley's exhibit imagined how Philadelphians might live in 2139 if the polar ice caps had melted, the college said, and included fish, islands with food on top, and moving water that splashed from "rooftops" into an imagined alley.

The team wanted to show "a habitat for nature and inhabitable spaces for humans," Michael Fleischacker, assistant professor of landscape architecture and environmental sciences, said in a statement.

Participating in the Flower Show is an annual activity at Delaware Valley, and students begin working on the display in the fall, according to Fleischacker.

In addition to the gold medal, Delaware Valley earned the Horticultural Society's sustainability award, a special achievement award for conservation from the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, the Bulkey Medal of the Garden Club of America, and the Chicago Horticultural Society flower show medal, according to Flower Show officials. - Chris Palmer