Stop And Smell The Roses At Philadelphia Flower Show

on February 15, 2013

Philadelphia Flower Show

Are you tired of people telling you to stop and smell the roses? Maybe it’s time you listened to them.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event that takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in March. This year, the event is running for two weekends consecutively from March 2-3 and March 9-10. Known for being the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower exhibit, the event attracts more than 260,000 people annually and boasts large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes and breathtaking floral creations.

Highlights include:

– Live Entertainment
– How-To Gardening Workshops
– Culinary Demonstrations
– Expert Lectures

The show week begins with a black-tie preview party and proceeds from the show support PHS, which feeds 1000 each week during the growing season.

The theme for this year’s show is ‘brilliant’ and it is designed to attract fans of English cottage gardens as well as designers who prefer the contemporary and minimalist style.

According to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the producers of the event, the “brilliant” concept represents “smart, outstanding, magnificent, glorious, shining and innovative” which are elements they would like to incorporate into the this years edition.

Just like the flowers that are displayed at the show, the event itself is also growing. Its title has changed from the Philadelphia Flower Show (1925 – 1964) to Spring Flower Show (1965-1970) and then back to the Philadelphia Flower Show.

The main exhibit will focus on modern London, but most of the presenting exhibitors use all of Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) as their muse. One of the featured highlights this year is a 38-foot high replica Big Ben.

“It’s going to come to life — it’s going to be digitally enhanced, completely surrounded in thousands of roses. And with sound, light, and music, it’s going to be a feast for the senses,” said Sam Lemheney, a PHS spokesperson to CBS Philly

Another featured attraction at this year’s event is afternoon tea with the Queen. While the Philly version of her highness might just be a look alike, it’s certainly another must-see feature of this year’s International Flower Show.

Here’s a preview video:

More information is available at The Flower Show.