2019 Philadelphia Flower Show Guide
Guide to the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, March 2-10.
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is in full bloom at Philly’s Pennsylvania Convention Center through this Sunday. With so much to see and do at the country’s largest and longest-running horticultural event, where should you start? Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your visit.
What food is nearby?
There are plenty of food vendors at the Flower Show. Inside, you’ll find Philly classics like cheesesteaks and pretzels. Though, if you’re taking a trip to the city, we’d highly recommend stopping in Chinatown to grab a bite! We love Dim Sum Garden for a sit-down dinner, and QT Vietnamese Sandwich for an on-the-go treat.
When should I get there?
Weekends are peak time for the show. To avoid the crowds, opt for a weekday evening. The show is open until 9pm, so you’ve got plenty of time to explore.
What will I see?
Themed “Flower Power,” the show features 10 acres of gorgeous landscapes and gardens that explore the ways in which flowers act as a universal language — all wrapped up in a far-out ‘60s motif. In addition to Instagram-worthy displays, the show plays host to horticultural competitions, a diverse mix of plants, demos, art, vendors and special events.
What is there for kids to do?
Both you and the kids can get creative at the make-and-take area, where materials and guidance from DIY experts are provided to create either of three crafts. Little ones also love the Butterflies Live exhibit, a fully immersive habitat with 1,000 fluttering insects that visitors can feed. Plus, the vibrancy and intricacy of many displays is enough to enough to pique even antsy kids' interest.
We noticed this year that a lot of competition entries were submitted by schools’ garden clubs! If you child is loving the show, check to see if his or her school has a gardening club.
Our top picks
The entrance garden. Embodying the show’s theme, this colorful garden boasts towering vine sculptures adorned with artistic interpretations of plants, flowers and butterflies, while “pods” display creations from the FTD World Cup — a prestigious floral design competition. From above, a sprawling meadow dotted with wildflowers suspends above the crowds.
Design Gallery. This space is home to botanical jewelry, floral arrangements and pressed-plant pieces crafted by some super-talented people — some of whom are even school-age kids. We spent a good chunk of time gawking at the artistry and creativity in the pressed-plant creations, in particular.
Good plant selection. Not to brag, but we have a bit of a green thumb, and we were impressed with what we found. There were plenty of peperomias, snake plants, succulents, air plants and others. The prices were generally comparable with plant shops in the city.