The Philadelphia Flower Show has become such a fixture in our region that it’s easy to take its greatness for granted. Started 190 years ago by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, it’s the longest running—and largest—horticultural event in the United States.
Running March 2-10, this year’s show has a “Flower Power” theme, with 10 acres of exhibition space in the Pennsylvania Convention Center devoted to spotlighting the significance of such unique natural beauty in our daily lives. Drawing on the talents and expertise of renowned designers from around the world, the show explores the many ways landscapes and flowers can impact emotions and have transformative and healing powers, bringing communities and individuals together.
Also of note: This year’s event plays host to the FTD World Cup, an international floral design competition that hasn’t been held in the U.S. since 1985. “Our brilliant exhibit designers will capture how flowers influence the way we feel, think and act in personal and global ways,” says Sam Lemheney, chief of shows and events. “It’s a wonderful example of the power that flowers have to bring people from different cultures and backgrounds together.”