On Sunday, March 3, the Pennsylvania Convention Center was filled with horticulture aficionados and floral lovers of all levels. Upon entering the Philadelphia Flower Show, the air was filled with the scent of a wide array of floral varieties and one could feel the excitement emanating from those in attendance. For those who have never been to the Philadelphia Flower Show, this event which is the largest and longest-running flower show in the world, has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. Individuals of all ages came out this weekend to celebrate the start of the Philadelphia Flower Show which runs for over a week’s time this year.Every year there is a set theme for the Philadelphia Flower Show, with this year’s theme being Brilliant! Great Britain. From the moment we set foot into the exhibition area, the sights and sounds took on a Brilliant!-inspired mood. When you enter the main entrance of the Flower Show you are greeted by floral masterpieces one may only have thought dreams were made of.
From a distance, the visions look like a painted set or easily manufactured displays but once you step closer you come to realize that most of the components which make up the archway are in fact flowers of all different varieties. From your staple roses to the most exotic flora you could imagine, the displays and creations had it all.
Exhibits were presented by local individuals, landscape companies, high school gardening clubs and more. The creative talent which was present at this year’s Flower Show was awe-inspiring, to say the least. Some of the engaging areas and interactive components of the Philadelphia Flower Show which attendees could indulge in included the Hamilton Horticourt, PHS Designer’s Studio and PHS Gardener’s Studio along with plenty of individual floral and landscaping designs by some of the best in the industry. Each floral and landscaping creation we came across was the result of painstaking preparation and flawless execution.In addition to the floral displays, the Philadelphia Flower Show featured a wide array of events and special attractions, many of which will continue on throughout the remainder of the week. Those who wanted to indulge in food and drinks at the Flower Show could head over to the tastings area sponsored by PA Wine and Spirits Stores, grab a cocktail at one of the many bar kiosks set up throughout the exhibition area or get a bite to eat from the British-inspired food vendors. If you wanted to take home some Flower Show souvenirs, shopping options were available in great number. From handcrafted wind chimes to gardening tools galore, the Flower Show Marketplace had it all. Attendees could also purchase some unique items being offered by the vendors at British Village. Individuals who wanted the complete Brilliant! experience could purchase tickets for the Garden Tea and Make and Take Crafts. Sponsored by Subaru and Bank of America, the Philadelphia Flower Show offered a comprehensive event for all.
Proceeds which are raised from the Philadelphia Flower Show will go to support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). This includes funds from the ticket sales as well as sponsorship contributions. The funds raised will help with the furtherance of PHS urban greening programs, specifically City Harvest. With these contributions, PHS can continue educating the public on horticulture and keep offering the wonderful programs, events and services this organization makes available to the public.The 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show is a spectacular event for all ages to attend. No matter whether you are seasoned in the area of horticulture or simply love to view beautiful things, make sure you don’t miss this year’s Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show runs until Sunday, March 10. For more information, please visit the Philadelphia Flower Show website.