Though winter’s chill persists outside, the feel of springtime arrives in Philadelphia this month thanks to the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show presented by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, March 5-13.
For 188 years, the Philadelphia Flower Show has captivated visitors from around the globe with stunning displays celebrating the tradition of horticulture, the beauty of plants and the art of gardening.
Flower Show Fast Facts
- The 2016 Flower Show opens Saturday, March 5 and closes Sunday, March 13
- Tickets at the box office are $34 for adults, $22 for students, $17 for children ages 2-16; Discounts available by purchasing tickets online or at area retailers
- 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.
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.
Top Reasons To Visit The Flower Show
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.
Beyond the 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?
Inspiring “Explore America” Theme
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.
Huge Entrance Garden
A soaring entrance garden at the 2016 Flower Show welcomes visitors with a spectacle to “Big Timber Lodge,” a take on classic park architecture via an immersive display of art, flowers, waterfalls, dramatic imagery and the sounds of nature.
PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden
Returning for 2016, the traveling summertime attraction, the PHS Pop-Up Garden, will pop up at the Philadelphia Flower Show. An awesome PHS program, the Pop-Up Garden initiative has transformed various pockets of underused land around Philadelphia to beautifully landscaped community spaces each summer for the past four years.
At the Flower Show, an indoor version of the come-one-come-all destination will be found at “Base Camp,” in the Convention Center’s main hall. A great location to take some respite from trekking through the show, the area will include a giant pop-up beer garden, as well as shopping, dining, live music and Fine Wine & Good Spirits tastings.
Enormous Flower Show Marketplace
Shopping is a huge component of the Flower Show and, in 2016, more than 180 vendors will set up shop on the convention center floor to peddle a dizzying array of garden furniture, hand-crafted jewelry, cut flowers, unique plants, garden tools, seeds and so much more.
Not-To-Miss Special Events
With the annual show comes a slew of related programs, parties, exhibitions and specials, and this year is no exception.
Black Tie Preview Party
Before the show officially opens, join supporters of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for a black-tie party on Friday, March 4. Come dressed to impress, and take advantage of this opportunity to experience the beautiful designs and displays of the Flower Show before it opens to the public.
On Wednesday, March 9, brides-to-be can get wedding advice from more than 50 local experts and sample champagne during Wedding Wednesday at the Flower Show. All guests receive a complimentary gift bag. Tickets are $50 per person and include admission to the Flower Show.
On Friday, March 11, explore the show with your pup. In partnership with PAWS, Fido Friday invites four-legged and two-legged friends to experience the show together, starting off with a 6 p.m. “Yappy Hour” at the show’s pop-up beer garden.
Flower Show Jamboree
On Sunday, March 13 the Flower Show Jamboree features family-friendly activities, placing kids at center stage – and we mean that quite literally. Opportunities to earn a “Junior Ranger Badge” will be followed by a swearing-in ceremony on the show’s stage near the entrance of the exhibit.
How To Get Tickets
Scooping up tickets to the Flower Show is a cinch. Visitors can pre-order tickets online and print them out at home, buy at area retailers or purchase tickets at the Convention Center box office.
Tickets are available in advance online for $27 (adults), $20 (students with valid ID) and $15 (children ages 2-16) until Friday, March 4.
After March 4, tickets can be purchased online for $30 (adults), $20 (students) and $15 (children). Note that a service fee of $1 per ticket is applied to all online ticket purchases at checkout.
Tickets can also be purchased for 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. Area retailers sell tickets for $28 (adults) and $15 (children).
For those who wait to grab tickets at the door, Convention Center box offices sell Flower Show tickets for $34 (adults), $22 (students) and $17 (children).
For complete ticketing information and group package deals, check right here.
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.
For additional information on getting there and parking information, check right here.
See you at the show!