The Barnes Foundation celebrates the Philadelphia Flower Show with an opportunity to take in marvelous art, as well as cocktails and live music from the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. (Photo courtesy the Barnes Foundation)
The weather outside may not feel like spring, but the promise of sunshine and flowers feels within reach this week, thanks to the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which is in full swing despite the weather — and offering an excellent online ticket deal available today only.
The Convention Center isn’t the only destination in town to house gorgeous floral displays this week, though. The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the year-round home of one of the world’s greatest collections of Post-Impressionist and early-Modern paintings, many of which naturally depict flowers and landscapes.
This week, the Barnes celebrates its collection and the annual Flower Show with a fresh opportunity to visit the Parkway museum, which was designed as a “gallery in a garden, a garden in a gallery.”
In addition to the expert-led and premier tours available this week — with a focus on landscapes in honor of the Flower Show, too — this Friday brings the Barnes’ monthly First Friday fete.
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 7, crowds are invited to First Friday! In Full Bloom to see the collection, sip cocktails, take in inspirational music and hear a short talk about the Barnes’ Merion Arboretum.
Throughout the evening, hear locally renowned Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra perform American composer Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring, a gallery talk on new exhibit Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders, as well as a “top plant” talk with Barnes Horticulture Education Coordinator.
As with all Barnes’ soirees, the permanent collection will be available to take in all night long and a cash bar and light snacks keeps things festive.
Tickets to First Friday! In Full Bloom are $35 and are available online.
First Friday! In Full Bloom
When: Friday, March 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $35; free for members
More info: www.barnesfoundation.org