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Williamson College of the Trades Awarded PLNA Trophy at 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show

Wednesday, May 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cathy Corrigan
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Williamson’s exhibit in the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, “Phytoremediation: Plants Planted Today for Tomorrow,” which demonstrated the amazing ability of plants to remove contaminants from the environment, won four prestigious awards.

The exhibit, which was competing in the education category, featured a wall with two halves, the first, with a junkyard appearance representing contaminated soil, and the other, representing a beautiful garden that had been cleansed.

Chuck Feld, horticulture instructor, who was participating in his 51st Philadelphia Flower Show, said “We knew we had a put together a great exhibit, but we were surprised to receive four outstanding awards. All of the awards are prestigious, especially the Chicago Award, and except for the Gold Medal, are from competition with the entire show. This says a lot.”

Feld said the exhibit was successful because it is not a typical design and it informed the public of a fairly new science, phytoremediation. “We did not put out an exhibit that is the same old, same old. We came up with a new idea and we combined a junkyard with a nice garden. The judges liked it a lot. Our seniors worked very hard on this exhibit and they came together assembling it.

“A big endorsement of our exhibit came from a professor from the University of Oxford in England who is studying phytoremediation. He said we nailed it.”

The horticulture seniors who put the exhibit together began planning it last March and worked on it throughout the year. They received help from Williamson’s painters, under the direction of Lori Thoman, decorative trades instructor, carpenters, and machinists.




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