Up close image of a white lily flower in Keukenhof garden lily show event.

The Philadelphia Flower Show has remained one of the most popular and extravagant events in Philadelphia since 1829. For over 180 years, the show has enthralled visitors from around the world with magnificent displays that celebrate the beauty of plants and gardening.

With hundreds of colorful blooms, the Flower Show welcomes visions of spring before the weather has started to warm. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.


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 exhibition has bloomed into one of the city’s favorite annual celebrations. Each year the show is centered around a new theme, which is either concept-driven or country-focused. Previous shows have included focuses on National Parks, film, Italy, England, France, and the Netherlands.


The theme of this year’s show is “Wonders of Water.” The life-sustaining connection between horticulture and water drives every part of the Flower Show, and visitors can expect displays that showcase the beautiful plants of a variety of environments.

Exhibits will tower and sprawl with tropical jungles, temperate forests, grassy woodlands, and arid plains, each with their own particular blossoms. Other elements will include a rainforest where a multi-level bamboo waterfall and rain curtain guide visitors over a suspended rope bridge. Gardeners can look forward to water-focused concepts that can be employed in their own home, such as rain gardens and xeriscaping.


In addition to the flowers and displays, a handful of events will also take place. Stop by the Designer’s Studio where top floral designers from around the world partake in a competition and provide how-to floral design demonstrations. Check out tasting areas where you can sip on wine selections, head to the Gardener’s Studio to learn something new for your garden, enjoy a garden tea social, or create and take home a handmade piece of the flower show.


Proceeds from the show help to support the year-round programming that PHS supports, such as planting trees, creating community gardens, transforming vacant lots into green and multi-use spaces, and gardening classes.


WHEN: March 3rd – 11th
WHERE:  Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets

Just a half-mile or a ten minute walk from the Convention Center, The Independent Hotel is the perfect location for your trip to this years show.  Reserve your stay here.