Historically an indoor event, the Philadelphia Flower Show heeded pandemic protocols and headed outdoors in 2021, pivoting from March to June. This year, it’s more of same at South Philly’s FDR Park. Landscape architect Martha Schwartz and garden designer Ann-Marie Powell lead the largest list of female exhibitors in show history with their sustainability exhibit, and 2021 Best in Show winner Wambui Ippolito returns with all-new exhibits that spotlight mental health, beauty, diversity, identity and sustainability.
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All-new this year at the Philadelphia Flower Show for children and families: Kids Cocoon, a nature-inspired playground with a daily horticultural programming in connection with Philadelphia County 4-H. At Artisan Row, guests can engage with local businesses as they create floral-scented candles, fresh floral crowns and more.
Adults won’t want to miss the Philadelphia Flower Show’s special happy hour series June 13-17 from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring live music and celebrity bottle signings. The Boathouse restaurant offers the best view of the show gardens. An elevated dining experience is available at the Lakes, with bistro-style fare by Brûlée Catering’s acclaimed Jean Marie LaCroix. The daily live music lineup includes dancing under the stars and celebrity visits at “Flowers after Hours.”
This year’s “In Full Bloom” theme invokes the healing and restorative elements of beauty and nature. Early-morning private tours will be back at the Philadelphia Flower Show, allowing visitors to quietly explore. Get dirty at a potting party, or immerse yourself in “Butterflies Live.” Whatever you do, Philadelphia Horticultural Society director Robin Potter encourages you to “experience what plants and gardening can do to improve our lives—then see how it fits into your life.”
For tickets to the Philadelphia Flower Show, visit phsonline.org.