Michael Petrie’s HANDMADE GARDENS Exhibit Title:

Garden of the Gods” (Keahiakawelo)

Part of The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show’s SHOWCASE GARDEN

Designed by Michael Petrie: Installed by Michael Petrie’s HANDMADE GARDENS


A fantasy rock garden inspired by the wind-carved stone formations and lunar-like landscape of Garden of the Gods,

an unexpected high-desert area on the island of Lanai. Legend says ancient Hawaiian gods created the garden by dropping boulders from the sky.

Winner: Showcase Garden Award

Winner: Mayor’s Trophy

"for appropriate use of a wide selection of plants and/or cut flowers in a Showcase Garden Exhibit."

Winner: Best Achievement

for "Blending Horticulture, Landscape and Artistic Elements"



“Garden designer Michael Petrie of Swarthmore is always up to something...”

READ  “Here Come Rock Gardens” by Virginia A. Smith, an article about our exhibit posted on the

KISS THE EARTH: Ginny Smith Writes on Gardening blog at




Among the showcase exhibitors, Michael Petrie's Handmade Gardens of

Swarthmore stands out as the most interesting piece...”

READ about our exhibit in an article in the Reading Eagle


‘Unusual’ is a word with many implications, both good and bad. But

when we talk about the Flower Show exhibits created by Michael Petrie,

unusual is meant as the highest form of praise...”

READ “Michael Petrie Prepares a Garden for the Gods” on the 2012 FLOWER SHOW BLOG


Above: Ground view of the actual area known as “ Garden of the Gods” on the island of  Lania, Hawaii.