Philadelphia Flower Show

Have you signed up yet?  On Wednesday, March 7 a bus will be leaving from Homestead for the MOST famous garden show in the world -  The Philadelphia Flower Show.  Space is limited to 106 attendees so sign up now to reserve your seat on the bus. Register at Customer Service or by calling 410.798-5000.

This year’s theme is the “Islands of Aloha” and the Convention Center is going to be completely transformed into a Hawaiian paradise.  Plus, the show will feature some brand new special effects this year, welcoming visitors with a multi-dimensional sensory experience as they enter the exhibition hall, including a breathtaking virtual wave wall (below right) and Pele’s Garden (below left) featuring a real 25-ft waterfall.

This year, more than 10 acres of showcase gardens will highlight the flowers, plants, stories, art and culture of Hawaii’s six Big Islands.

In addition to the new special effects, this year’s Flower Show has a lot of other great features as well as some brand new elements.

Redesigned show floor plan to improve access and ease flow through the exhibits.

A new Flower Show mobile app to provide info on exhibitors, free maps, schedules, special offers and more.  Works with iPads, iPhones, Androids, laptops and desktops.

A new “Man Cave” sponsored by SugarHouse Casino with big-screen TVs, comfortable seating, sports activities and bar.

Free lectures and demos on topics such as green roofs and walls, organic gardening, vegetables, edible landscapes, native plants, tree and lawn care.

Hawaii Village: crafts and merchandise that pay tribute to the people of Hawaii.

Expanded shopping at the 180 shops at the Show Marketplace, Flower Show Shop and Meadowbrook Farm Store. A new Green aisle in the Marketplace will feature sustainable products for home and garden.

For still MORE information about the show, especially behind-the-scenes reports of set-up, visit the Flower Show Blog.  It answers the question: How DO they recreate Hawaii in downtown Philly?

The Show is also on Facebook, where I found this slew of photos of set-up.

And on Flickr, where you can find fabulous photos from the 2011 show - Springtime in Paris - that help get us in the mood.  A very different mood, but these photos show how the Philly Flower Show goes all out.



Special Talks

Oh, and these are the special talks that Homesteaders can hear when they visiting Wednesday afternoon,  March 7:

Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM
Patrick Cullina
"Dynamic Urban Landscapes: Transforming Communities with Plants & Re-imagined Spaces"
Friends of The High Line
Lecture Room

Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM
Ralph Rhoads, "Worm Composting"
Natures Footprint
Gardener's Studio

Wednesday, March 7, 2:00 PM
Kerry Mendez, “Easy Soil Tips for Bodacious Vegetable and Flower Gardens”
Demo Room

Wednesday, March 7, 2:00 PM
Barbara Tollen, "Chickens in Your Backyard"
Gardener's Studio

Wednesday, March 7, 2:30 PM
Frances McDonald, "Ireland's Gardens - An Evolving Tapestry"
Tourism Ireland
Lecture Room

Wednesday, March 7, 3:00 PM
Thomas M. Reber, "Sustainable Centerpieces"
Meadowbrook Farm
Gardener's Studio

Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 PM
David Heller, “The Honor of Your Presence is Requested...Wedding Designs”
Flowers by David
Demo Room

Wednesday, March 7, 4:00 PM
Kerry Ann Mendez, Hit the Easy Button - Nonstop Color from No-Fuss Perennials
Perenially Yours
Lecture Room
The Ultimate Flower Gardener's Top Ten Lists

Wednesday, March 7, 4:00 PM
Mia Mengucci, “Terrariums: A Petite Piece of Paradise”
Gardener's Studio

Wednesday, March 7, 5:00 PM
John Studdy, "Prune Like a PhD "
Bartlett Tree Experts
Gardener's Studio

Support a great cause!
All proceeds from the Philadelphia International Flower Show, including tickets and sponsorship contributions, support The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and its acclaimed urban greening programs, including City Harvest.

Thanks to the Philadelphia Tourism Blog and the The Philadelphia Flower Show website for details about the show.  Concept rendering credits: courtesy GMR Design. Artist: William Lance.

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