The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show blooms at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2015 from Saturday, February 28 through Sunday, March 8. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
For 187 years, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show has captivated visitors from around the globe with stunning displays celebrating the beauty of plants and the art of gardening.
A huge annual event, the Philadelphia Flower Show draws tens of thousands to Center City Philadelphia to take in spectacular horticultural exhibits and take advantage of all the floral action in our fair city, which is considerable.
This year, the show centers around the theme “Celebrate the Movies,” with the magic of the silver screen springing to life via fantastical floral displays inspired by Disney and Disney-Pixar films including Frozen, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Caribbean, Into the Woods and many more.
With the annual show comes a slew of related programs, parties, exhibitions and specials, and this year is no exception. We’ve compiled a guide of the can’t miss events, key show highlights and top deals.
Our guide to the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, below.
CELEBRATE THE MOVIES WITH DISNEY
Of course, each year of the Flower Show brings a new theme. In 2015, the theme of “Celebrate the Movies” puts the focus of the flowers on the silver screen, and, more specifically, on Disney films.
Thanks to a Disney partnership, this year’s Flower Show exhibitors will take inspiration from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies — think Frozen, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Caribbean and Into the Woods.
Visitors can look forward to such innovative exhibitions as a Frozen-inspired ice castle rendered in willow branches and four-foot icicles of baby’s breath and a Peter Pan-themed display with crocodile ferns incorporating the infamous Tick-Tock crocodile that took Captain Hook’s hand.
With each Flower Show exhibitor incorporating the film-filled theme, this year’s flower show ought to delight both horticulture and movie lovers alike.
NEW IN 2015
In addition to the fresh flowers, look forward to new attractions, including new theme days and the PHS Pop-Up Garden at the Flower Show.
• Huge Movie-Themed Entrance Garden
The entrance garden makes a huge first impression on attendees every year, and this year’s central feature will evoke an Art Deco movie theater, complete with a 29-foot floral marquee, a 36-foot movie screen, an eight-foot centerpiece (the largest arrangement ever created for a Flower Show entrance), a huge moving sculpture and thousands of blooms.
• Gene London’s Hollywood Costume Collection
Beyond the flower displays, new attractions include an exhibit of Gene London’s Hollywood Golden Age film wardrobe collection and the introduction of the popular PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden to the Flower Show floor. The PHS Pop-Up Garden at the Backlot will host music, movies, food and libations, including the new PHS Horticulture Cider made by Wyndridge Farm Cidery.
• Cinderella Sunday
Sunday, March 8, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The Flower Show is certainly a family affair, and this year, wee ones will see their very own theme day for the first time. Cinderella Sunday arrives Sunday, March 8 with the chance for little princes and princesses to dress up and have a photo taken with Cinderella. Plus, Philadelphia’s own royalty will be on hand — Miss Philadelphia and Miss Philadelphia Teen are both scheduled to make appearances.
• Fido Friday and College Night
Flower fans should keep an eye out for the new theme nights, too. In addition to the perennial favorite theme nights like the LGBT Party (Sunday, March 1), Wedding Wednesday (March 4) and Girls Night Out (March 5), the Flower Show debuts two new theme nights in 2015. On Thursday, March 5, Campus Philly’s Open Arts College Night at the Pop Up takes over the PHS Pop-Up Garden at the Flower Show with movie screenings, entertainment and giveaways. On Friday, March 6, Fido Friday kicks off with “yappy hour” at the pop-up garden, continues with on-site adoption opportunities from PAWS, and culminates in a canine fashion show.
For Flower Show events, ticket information and more, see below. (more…)