April showers bring May flowers, but in Philadelphia our flowers bloom a little early. March marks the return of the Philadelphia Flower Show, one of the most popular and celebrated annual events in the city. Much like the Philadelphia Auto Show, and Philly Home Show, The Philadelphia Flower Show attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Philadelphia Convention Center to see intricate floral displays and partake in special events and exhibits.
The Philadelphia Horticultural Society is responsible for the show, which is entering its 189th year of running in 2018. Each year, a different theme is chosen to give the show a fresh take on the displays and exhibitions that run all week long. The theme this year is “Wonders of Water.” Show-goers should keep an eye out for impressive water spectacles like a multi-level bamboo waterfall and a rain curtain that runs through a rainforest setting.
While many attend the Philadelphia Flower Show purely for entertainment, professional horticulturists and garden enthusiasts can enjoy seminars, design competitions, and networking opportunities that are specific to their interests and vocations. Here are some of the highlighted events and exhibits of the week:
- Behind-the-Scenes Flower Show Greenhouse Tour
- 2018 Tree Care Update
- Members-Only Post Flower Show Plant Sale
- Butterflies Live!
- Flower After Hours
- Gardener’s Studio
- Make and Take
- Philadelphia Water Summit
- And many more!
Tickets can be bought online in advance at a discount or during the week of the show. The Philadelphia Flower Show is a must-see for passionate gardeners, families with children, or anyone who is looking for something fun and different to do in Philadelphia.
When you’re done taking in the beautiful and delicate displays at the Philadelphia Flower Show, head south for a famous Philly cheesesteak from Geno’s. Our authentic, thin-sliced ribeye Philly cheesesteaks are another five-sense experience you won’t want to miss.