Sunday Spotlight… The Philadelphia Flower Show

It’s that time of year again. Tired of the cold and gloomy days of winter, as February stretches into March, we all begin to get a little bit of spring fever. If you live in or around the Philadelphia area, a sure sign of approaching spring is the fantastic Philadelphia Flower Show. Every year it seems to enjoy a larger audience, more colorful displays, and more publicity. It’s become more than just a weekend full of floral displays and outdoor decorating ideas, it’s become a full blown week-long citywide event. Every year it seems to get more elaborate as they roll out a new theme. Our friends at the flower show tell us that this year’s theme will be…

“Exploring America”.

In the Flower Show’s acres of trails, exhibits and attractions, guests will discover the range of horticulture in the national landscape, including the rainbow of wildflowers, desert blooms, coastal flora, verdant meadows, fragrant pinelands, and ancient redwoods.

The Flower Show will also tell the diverse stories that forged the United States with exhibits inspired by the nation’s monuments and places where history happened. “Explore America” will spotlight Independence National Historical Park, Lincoln’s birthplace, Liberty Island, and other sites honoring our national heritage.

Visitors will start their Flower Show adventure in the “Big Timber Lodge,” an interpretation of classic park architecture of wood and stone, enhanced by Native American art, sculpted animals, floral totems, and a dazzling waterfall. Spectacular imagery spanning the breadth of the park system will come to life on multiple overhead screens, as sounds of thundering bison and songbirds transport visitors into the wild.

In the “Find Your Park” pavilion at the Flower Show, families can meet Park Rangers from around the country in person and by webcast, explore parks and gardens throughout the U.S. and in their own backyards, and become part of the Junior Ranger program. Activities will include Ranger talks and a scavenger hunt with rewards that include Ranger badges and a new National Park Service trading card created especially for the Flower Show.

Guests will climb a mountain, ford a stream, hike trails, and pitch camp in the exhibits and special events of the 2016 Flower Show.

Families will marvel at the Flower Show’s new Train Garden, a vast display of model locomotives and rail cars rumbling through the familiar sites of a miniaturized American landscape.

Other favorite show features will include The Butterfly Experience, a rare opportunity to interact with domestic and exotic varieties; and Make & Take, where everyone can create a Flower Show keepsake.

The new “Base Camp,” in the Convention Center’s Grand Hall, will be an indoor playground of attractions, shopping and dining, including climbing walls, live music, and wine tastings.

The popular PHS pop-up concept, which has transformed vacant lots in Philadelphia into urban oases, will move indoors with a giant Pop Up Beer Garden where guests can refresh between explorations of the Flower Show.

The Flower Show also invites visitors to meet and question garden, design and culinary experts and vote for winners in exciting, real-time contests. In the Design Gallery, guests will take away innovative ideas for outdoor spaces inspired by diverse American regions, home decorating concepts borrowed from historic settings, and other creative tips they can bring to their own home and garden.

Take in the view. Leave your worries behind.

Held at the Philadelphia Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, this year the flower show runs from Saturday March 5 – Sunday March 13.
Show hours are:
Friday, March 4 (PHS Members’ Preview) 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 5 (PHS Members’ Preview) 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, March 5 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 6 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Mon. – Fri., March 7-11 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 12 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 13 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

To purchase tickets head over to the flower show’s secure ticketing site.
And if you’re a Temple University student (good choice by the way- go Owls!), you can purchase tickets at a discount here. Group sales, family packs and discounts for Philadelphia Horticultural Society members are also available.

If you get the chance to get out and see it, the flower show is a beautiful spectacle to behold. And it is sure to get you in the spirit for spring. I don’t know about you, but here at One Unified we are more than ready for spring to bloom.


All photos courtesy of Daniel Gasteiger and used under Creative Commons License 2.o

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