Philadelphia, prepare for a horticultural adventure: it’s almost Flower Show time.
The 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show opens at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday, March 5 with a major celebration of natural beauty.
The Flower Show’s impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations will all rally under this year’s theme — “Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service” — which will honor the National Park Serice’s centennial and provide a rich supply of inspiration for horticultural creativity.
Flower Show Fast Facts
- The 2016 Flower Show opens Saturday, March 5 and will close on Sunday, March 13
- Tickets runs $27 for adults, $20 for students and $15 for children
- The 2016 Flower Show theme is “Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service”
- Flower Show exhibits and main events take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch streets
- Highlights include soaring floral displays, a huge plant sale and pop-up beer gardens
This year marks not only the 188th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, but also 100 years of the National Park Service, the stewards of America’s national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites, seashores, scenic rivers and trails, the White House and more.
An annual blockbuster event in Philadelphia, and the world’s oldest and largest indoor event of its kind, the Flower Show draws more than 260,000 people to Center City Philadelphia every year to take in spectacular floral displays of all shape and size and to take advantage of all the floral action in our fair city.
In 2016, PHS Philadelphia Flower Show attendees are sure to be inspired and engaged by the tradition of horticulture and the beauty of plants, as well as the chance to discover a personal connection to a wealth of our country’s national treasures.
What’s On For 2016
Tapping America’s more than 400 national parks sites as a kicking off point, designers from across the globe will create and display exhibits to fill the convention center’s 10 acres with floral arrangements, gardens and landscapes.
Beyond the centerpiece garden displays, the Flower Show hosts a stage for a major juried competition in horticulture and floral arranging, as well as tons of gardening talks and demonstrations, special events, a sprawling indoor market and tons of food and drink options — beer garden, anyone?
A soaring entrance garden at the 2016 Flower Show welcomes visitors to “Big Timber Lodge,” a take on classic park architecture via an immersive display of art, flowers, waterfalls, spectacular imagery and the sounds of nature.
In addition to the exhibitions, the show will bring back its popular theme nights in addition to shopping opportunities and live entertainment.
How To Get Tickets
Scooping up tickets to the Flower Show is a cinch. Visitors can pre-order tickets online — saving $5 off tickets — and print them out at home.
Tickets are available in advance for $27 ($32 at the door) for adults, $20 ($22 at the door) for students with valid ID and $15 ($17 at the door) for children ages 2-16. A service fee of $1 per ticket is applied at checkout.
Tickets can also be purchased in advance of the Flower Show at a number of sales outlets including AAA Mid-Atlantic branches, ACME Markets, Giant Food Stores, Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans Markets and SEPTA ticket outlets.
Make Plans To Stay Over
The Flower Show also makes an excellent excuse to stay overnight in one of Philadelphia’s fine hotels. Check here for Flower Show hotel packages, and check out the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.
Save the date now for the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and stay tuned for more as the 188th Philadelphia Flower Show blossoms.