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The Philadelphia Flower Show brings the beauty of the Riviera to the masses

The Philadelphia Flower Show will be taking visitors to the intoxicating the Meditteranean Riviera from Saturday, February 29 to Sunday, March 8. In its 191st year, this popular Philadelphia Horticulture Society annual event is the longest-running indoor flower show in the world. Each year, more than 250,000 excited flower lovers bustle into the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year, the massive structure will be transformed into a “Riviera Holiday”.

(2020 Flower Show Entrance Garden Concept // GMR Design // Image courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society)

The world’s leading floral and garden innovators and designers will take you on a journey that will blossom all of your senses. The sights, scents, and tastes of the Riviera region will be at your fingertips when you walk through the spectacular entrance gate. Visitors will be blown away by the spectacle of citrus trees and the scent of lavender filling the air. Each garden display, design, and wonderful arrangements will be more awe-inspiring than the next.

Attendees will get entranced on the wonderous pathways, romantic lush garden landscapes, and enormous Mediterranean plants with five new designers including James and Helen Basson of Scape Design, and Laurélie de la Salle of Laurélie Paysages, both from Nice, France.

(2020 Flower Show Entrance Garden Concept // GMR Design // Image courtesy of  the Philadelphia Flower Show)

“The Riviera is one of the most renowned areas for horticulture. And, it has tremendous aesthetic appeal. Anyone familiar with the region can close their eyes and see the magnificent plant life and smell the fragrances of the Mediterranean,” said Sam Lemheney, PHS Chief of Shows & Events. “We want people to experience the Mediterranean region at the Flower Show, but we also want them to stay and learn about the importance of horticulture and sustainability within their communities.”

Exhibits, Experiences, and Highlights 

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(Butterflies Live! // Photo Courtesy of  The Philadelphia Flower Show)

Throughout the show, attendees will be immersed in PHS’ mission to “emphasize the importance of connecting with one another through horticulture to create beautiful, healthy, and sustainable communities” at each turn. This year’s Flower Show will feature tremendous and unique experiences like early-morning tours and evening tours (daily at 6 p.m.) The 2020 Flower Show will also provide visitors with all-new interactive experiences. Everyone from experienced gardeners to the plant curious will be able to connect and share their passion for plants at the new “PHS Grow It! Center.” This inviting part of the show will feature garden trends, chats with experts, and hands-on learning sessions for gardeners to become even greener. The fun and engaging display in the Grow It Center will help visitors learn how they can make a bigger difference in their communities through horticulture.

Mobile “Pop Up” moments throughout the show will illustrate how some of the Show’s fascinating displays are brought to life including how to make jewelry from materials found in nature and how to grow your own show-worthy plants. The popular  Butterflies Live! returns this year to plenty of Flower Show visitors’ applause. Ticketholders can walk among beautiful and exotic creatures, learn how to attract butterflies to your garden and snap the perfect selfie with you and some fluttery friends. There will also be plenty of symposiums, plotting classes, garden instructionals, and more at this esteemed exhibition.

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Fine Wine & Good Spirits will also be bringing an outstanding tasting experience to the Philadelphia Flower Show again this year.  Make sure to visit the on-site store, adjacent to the tasting area to purchase your favorite selections. Fine Wine & Good Spirits is located in the Grand Hall.

One of the main attractions connecting Philadelphia to Monaco will be the Princess Grace Rose Garden. A replica of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress will be circled and surrounded by thousands of roses. Honoring the famed Philadelphia native who married Prince Ranier III of Monaco in 1956.

(Renee Tucci // Princess Rose Garden // Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Flower Show)

Annual celebrations and social gatherings will continue to take the Philadelphia Flower Show to new heights. The festive Preview Party gala, PHS’s elegant fundraiser featuring dancing and dining among the gardens, will rock the house on Friday, February 28th. For those in the dancing mood, the Flowers After Hours takes over on Saturday, February 29th.

(Flower After Hours // Photo Courtest of  The Philadelphia Flower Show)

The Show’s opening night dance party will be themed “Let’s Dance,” a nod to the 80’s. New for 2020, the Bloomin’ Brunch will be serving up daily Mediterranean-themed three-course meals. Foodies and horticulture lovers will get the best of both worlds. The “Taste of Saint Tropez” themed brunch will make your Flower Show experience a truly palatable and unforgettable one.


(Philadelphia Flower Show)

Tickets can be purchased online at an advanced sale price (through Friday, February 28). For adults (ages 30 and up), the ticket price is $42 (online) and $48 (at the Box Office). For young friends (ages 18-29), the ticket price is $26 (online) and $30 (at the Box Office). For children (ages 5-17), ticket prices are $17 (online) and $20 (at the Box Office). There are also different ticket packages if you’re planning to visit more than once or in a group.

Show Hours

(Philadelphia Flower Show)

Saturday, February 29:
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 1:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday – Friday, March 2 – 6:
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 8:
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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