Inside the Biggest Flower Show in the U.S.
The Philadelphia Flower Show, America’s biggest and longest-running flower show, is using more than 30,000 colorful flowers to transport guests to Holland this year.
Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show takes visitors through 10 acres of exhibition halls, making it the nation’s largest horticultural event.
This year’s show, titled “Flowering the World: Celebrating the Beauty and Ingenuity of Dutch Culture,” will take guests through a sea of colors as they delve into Holland’s floral scenery.
The theme will take you from the country’s flower fields to a variety of innovative eco-designs, from windmills and bridges, to canals and thousands of tulips that line the space in reds, blues, pinks, and purples.
Some 30,000 flowers will be used to create intricate floral designs that will include narcissus, anemones, hyacinths, and daffodils, while another 6,000 bulbs will be used to create a giant suspended canopy that guests can gaze up at.
You’ll also be able to walk underneath a brick bridge inspired by those in Amsterdam, which sits overflowing with flower boxes and hanging baskets, while gardens filled with cherry trees and sycamores line the surrounding paths.
“This Flower Show will inspire guests with new ways of thinking about gardening in a changing world, and dazzle them with the colors and creativity of Holland’s floriculture,” Sam Lemheney, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s chief of shows and events, said in a press release.
There will also be a pop-up beer garden, a spa where you can get massages or make your own essential oils, a replica of a Dutch village where you can get your own bulb garden, and the "Butterflies Live" show, where you’ll see thousands of fluttering butterflies create a colorful scene.
The show is currently running at the Pennsylvania Convention Center through March 19, with tickets available for $35.