The longest-running flower show in America celebrates the music and styles of the ’60s
On the cusp of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the cultural influences of the 1960s will echo through the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Flower Power,” which runs March 2 to 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. So, dust off the bell-bottoms and love beads, and channel your inner flower child. And, get ready to discover the enormous impact that flowers have on our lives.
The Flower Show Entrance Garden is a show-stopping celebration of “Flower Power,” bringing the awe-inspiring impact of flowers to vivid, colorful life. Upon entering, guests will be surrounded by towering vine sculptures adorned with artistic interpretations of flowers, plants, and butterflies. Nearly 8,000 flowers of more than 85 varieties will surround the pods and sculptures in the Entrance Garden.
The Philadelphia Flower Show is a wonderful opportunity to connect children with horticulture through imaginative exhibits and engaging experiences. Visitors will be welcomed inside this interactive and educational exhibit, located on the Concourse, by more than 1,000 butterflies of 20 exotic and domestic species. Guests can feed the butterflies, which flutter through the room and gently land on hands and clothing.
This year the Philadelphia Flower Show will for the first time in more than 20 years coincide with the FTD World Cup of floral design. Top designers from 23 countries will be competing to be named the Interflora Floral Designer World Champion. Ths competition will be displayed in the Entrance Garden on the Flower Show floor.
For anyone in the Washington, DC area, the Philadelphia’s Flower Show is only a short drive away. Plus, the phenomenal blend of cultural, art, and nature on display is more than worth a visit this week.
Philadelphia’s wonderful horticultural show — one of the top events in the USA
Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show features diverse and sustainable plant varieties and garden and design concepts. In addition to acres of garden displays, the Philadelphia Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations, and demonstrations, and special events. The Philadelphia Flower Show has been honored as the best event in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association, competing with events such as the Kentucky Derby Festival, Tournament of Roses Parade, Indianapolis 500 Festival, and other international celebrations.
For more information about the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and to purchase tickets, visit theflowershow.com.
Learn more about the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and support its work, at PHSonline.org. The society’s best-known activities include the Philadelphia Flower Show, street tree planting and maintenance, community gardening, and public beautification.
Charlie Leocha is the President of Travelers United. He has been working in Washington, DC, for the past 11 years with Congress, the Department of Transportation and industry stakeholders on travel issues. He was the first consumer representative to the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections appointed by the Secretary of Transportation from 2012 through 2018.