The Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual extravaganza that features some of the best known gardeners, designers, and shops in the country. I plan to visit for both days of the opening weekend.
Entrance to the show is roughly $30 per day. If you buy the special for two tickets, then you get a free membership to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society which would get you discounts to other events and tools throughout the year.
Buy Early! Tickets to Philly on Amtrak are $39 each way at the moment. Or you could ride Megabus for $13. Hostels are roughly $40 a night. Come for one day or both!
Cost (including show entrance fee):
$60 if you take the bus roundtrip for just one day.
$110 if you take the train roundtrip for just one day.
**Add $70 for a second ticket and room in a hostel if you plan to stay a second day.
Dates: March 1-9, 2014DESCRIPTIONARTiculture
Experience the combination of art and horticulture as the 185th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates everyone from Michelangelo to Monet, Picasso to Pollock, and da Vinci to Dali.
An unprecedented collaboration of Flower Show designers and the nation’s great art museums will turn the exhibition space of the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a 10-acre living canvas of exquisite landscapes, gardens and floral arrangements.
The entrance exhibit is inspired by the works of Alexander Calder, a member of Philadelphia’s historic family of artists, and will feature a performance from remarkable aerial dance troupe BANDALOOP above, on and within the multi-dimensional display.
For 185 years, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show has enthralled visitors from around the globe with stunning displays celebrating the beauty of plants and the art of gardening.
The Philadelphia Flower Show is deeply rooted in the history of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), which was founded in 1827. Charter members brought interesting plants to display at meetings and, eventually, to share with the public. In the 1960s, PHS took over management of the Philadelphia Flower Show, also encouraging participation by amateurs — individuals and garden clubs.
With the help of hundreds of volunteers the show raises significant funds to support PHS’s community greening programs and other civic initiatives in Philadelphia.
I plan to spend most of my time checking out the lectures in the Gardener's Studio, but I'm up for visiting all of the exhibits--especially the Butterfly Experience and the Make & Take Room--at some point during the two days.