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The annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world, and it features a magnificent collision of art and horticulture. Hundreds of thousands of people converge every year to witness the towering espaliers, gardens, elaborate floral creations, and sprawling landscapes. This year’s event will be from March 5-13 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Check out our inside guide of what’s to seek out at the 2016 installment of this local tradition.

“EXPLORE AMERICA”

This exhibit has a different theme every year. Past topics have included: “ARTiculture,” a pairing with local museums and art institutions; “Brilliant!,” a British-inspired show that focused on English flowers and garden traditions; and “Celebrate the Movies,” an evening that highlighted iconic moments and images in film. This year’s motif, “Explore America,” celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service. National historic landmarks like Yellowstone, Valley Forge, Liberty Island, and more will come to life in floral creations.

MEET THE DESIGNERS

Once you’ve marveled at the spectacular creations, you may wonder who was able to conceive such grandiose arrangements. Garden, design, and culinary experts will be on-site for visitors to meet and question, providing context and insight for show-goers. Or you can head over to the Design Gallery, an innovation hub where you can gain unique ideas for outdoor gardens and spaces, home decorating concepts derived from historic settings, and other creative tips to liven your own home or garden.

EXPERIENCE THE SHOW

After you’ve trekked the American frontier from coast to coast, you can meet Park Rangers from around the country, or check out the Train Garden where an impressive display of model locomotives will buzz through a miniature landscape. Try your hand at some gardening how-to workshops, hear lectures by experts, or even shop and dine—a Pop-Up Beer Garden will offer refreshments, and The Flower Show Marketplace will feature over 180 vendors selling everything from garden furniture and plants to hand-crafted jewelry.

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