The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is the heart and soul behind the annual Philadelphia Flower Show. Dedicated to supporting those who love gardening as well as those who would like to see their neighborhoods once again become havens of green and swaying flowers, the PHS hosts the annual show as a premier fundraiser to finance their endeavors.
Billed as the “largest indoor flower show in the world,” the theme of this year’s exhibition is “Jazz It Up!” Scheduled to begin 03-02-08 and last until 03-09-08, the flower show will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, at 12th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia 19107. Open to the public from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on 03-02 and 03-09, until 9:30 PM on 03-08, and from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM 03-03 to 03-07, visitors are encouraged to come and visit the show after 4:00 PM.
Parking is a bit tricky, but drivers staying on Filbert or Vine Streets will have the best access to several lots. Tickets are reasonably priced at $65 for a family of two adults and two children (and also includes a free one year membership to the PHS), while students pay only $17 per ticket. Individual adult tickets cost $22 and individual children’s tickets cost $13.
Plan to attend the Garden Tea (offered daily between 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM and 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM) for an additional $28 per seating and enjoy a light repast with fellow flower aficionados.
Thus fortified, visit the garden displays created by professional landscapers and also individual plants and flower displays created by competitive garden artists and horticulturists. Do not forget your wallet, because the extensive list of vendors participating this year will be certain to have something that tickles your garden fancy. Anything from water art to copper garden displays is for sale, and those wishing to model their home’s garden after some of the displays will do well to come prepared to buy.
Visitors to the Philadelphia Flower Show also have the opportunity to enjoy free daily lectures on container gardening, pest control, orchid keeping and even organic vegetable gardening! Gardening demonstrations are held frequently, and members of the Culinary Art Institute will host culinary presentations three times a day.
As this year is dedicated to a jazz theme, it is not surprising that there will be live music, and a plethora of artists vie for your attention from two stages. PHS members have the option of attending on 03-01 for a special preview of the entire show as well as a Hoppin’ John parade and performance and also a Settlement Music School Jazz Ensemble recital.
Visitors arriving from out of town (and also locals) will be wise to mention the flower show since their attendance there will be rewarded with special deals and discounts from a variety of businesses. The classy Bistro St. Tropez (2400 Market Street) offers 10% off, as does the Bookbinder’s Restaurant at 125 Walnut Street. Both are upscale restaurants and will provide a beautiful opportunity to feast after attending the show or even before. Open for dinner only, the Bistro Romano (120 Lombard Street) will take 15% off the bill for flower show attendees. Of course, plenty of other restaurants are also getting in on the action and to see all of the discounts you may enjoy simply visit the Blooming Fun Coupons site.