City Blooms: Philadelphia Flower Show Preview

One of Philadelphia’s most popular and spectacular events is the Philadelphia Flower Show. With hundreds of colorful blooms arranged in thoughtful and spectacular fashion, the flower show amazes thousands of visitors every year and welcomes visions of spring before the weather has gotten warmer. Check out what you can expect from this year’s horticulture spectacle.

Flower-ful Philly

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the largest and oldest indoor flower show in the world. Started in 1829 when the newly-formed Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) sought to showcase exotic plants from around the globe, the exhibit has grown into one of the city’s favorite annual celebrations. The event typically centers around a new theme each year, which can be  concept-driven (such as National Parks or film) or country-focused (such as on Italy, England, or France)

Do It Like the Dutch

This time around the show is honoring “de nederlandse” way to do flowers. “Hollande: Flowering the World” will spotlight everything that makes the Dutch landscape and culture iconic: towering windmills, elegant bicycles, romantic canals, and sprawling tulip fields. A kaleidoscope of colors will burst across the exhibit, with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses forming large-scale gardens, landscapes, and floral creations. Award-winning, Dutch landscape and floral experts will collaborate with the Philadelphia region’s top horticulturists and designers to share the eco-design innovations, modern urban greening, and sustainability planning in the Netherlands.

What’s Blooming?

Beyond the flowers and structures, there are a handful of other events that guests can enjoy. These include artistic workshops where you can explore the theory of design that’s used to create the flower show, a Teddy Bear Tea where children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear for an afternoon tea, and a garden spa where you can enjoy a massage, create essential oil or potpourri, or enjoy champagne and chocolate.

Supporting PHS

Proceeds from the show go to supporting the year-round programs that PHS supports. Some of these programs include planting trees, creating community gardens, transforming vacant city lots into green and multi-use spaces (like pop-up beer gardens), and gardening classes.

The Details

WHEN: March 11th – 19th
WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets