They say that April showers bring May flowers, but spring was in full-bloom at the 2018 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Junior Flower Show, held this March, where Holy Cross Catholic School took home “Best of Show” for the third year in a row! Seventh grader, Layla, won “Best of Show” and first place for her art piece, “The Flower”. Her piece was on exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show which ran from March 5-11, 2018 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
The PHS Junior Flower Show is a horticultural exhibition for school-age children in the greater Philadelphia region. Participating in this year’s show, were second and seventh grade students from Holy Cross Catholic School. Under the guidance of Yolanda Haynes, who teaches Advanced Art at Holy Cross, the second graders captured photos of nature which displayed unusual shapes, patterns and colors and the seventh grade students created explosions of colors on recycled tiles using alcohol ink. Both grades were awarded first and second place ribbons from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Hill judges.
Holy Cross first became involved with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society three years ago during an event at a Holy Cross Summer Camp directed by Ms. Haynes, where representatives from the PHS were invited to judge art pieces created by the campers and award prizes. At that time, Holy Cross was invited to participate in the Junior Flower Show and the rest is history! For three years running, Holy Cross School students have won “Best in Show” in their category.
Sometimes there are just no words to express the way we feel and that is where art comes to the rescue, providing a healthy and creative outlet for adults and young people alike. Ms. Haynes, who feels it’s important for students to be exposed to as many forms of art as possible, believes the creation of art “develops their appreciation, creativity and understanding and makes it easier for them to express themselves artistically.” Layla, who uses colors to express how she is feeling, couldn’t agree more and says, “I love art because it lets me express how I feel instead of saying it.”
Even our littlest Picasso’s got to experience a taste of the Junior Flower Show… Holy Cross first grade students participated in a plant challenge where they cared for plants in the classroom over the course of five months. Their dedication to caring for and nurturing their plants paid off, as the Philadelphia Horticultural Society Hill judges awarded honorable mentions, first, second and third place ribbons to them. Their plants were also on exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
The Junior Flower Show is a free program for students from pre-school through high school that fosters an awareness of horticulture and the natural environment among youth and encourages active participation in growing, gardening and sustainable practices. Visit their website to learn more.