At this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, visitors can expect to be hit with a wide range of Netherlandish experiences to fit the “Holland: Flower the World” theme. The show features exhibits with canals, bicycles, and windmills; as well as a delectable cheese spread; the North American debut of a massive Dutch sustainability project; many Dutch-inspired happenings; and an overhead floral canopy featuring 6,000 blooms -- all of which, according to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, make it the most ambitious project to date. With 33,000 bulbs in the entrance garden alone, this year’s show will feature the most bulbs in the event's history.
More than 180 garden-goods vendors will be in the Marketplace, while the Grand Hall's World Market will host a Dutch shopping village, a pop-up beer garden, and a railway garden. For the full experience, several traditional Dutch dishes will be available for purchase, including an apple-topped funnel cake and Dutch sausage rolls with creamy Gouda.
If you’ve been to the Flower Show before, some new attractions might entice you to come back. Whether it’s making your own flower crown or succulent garden planter at the Make & Take, or enjoying a cocktail as you make your own potpourri while receiving a massage, there is a little something for everyone.
A 1990s-themed dance party takes place among the blooms. Perhaps you’d rather groove to your favorite '90s hits with Philly man-about-town (and WXPN mainstay) DJ Robert Drake and local rocker Tommy Conwell before you stop to smell the roses (or in this case, the tulips) during the exclusive access after the show has closed to the public. Come dressed in your best '90s gear to enter the Flowers After Hours Costume Contest -- finally, a chance to break out the acid-wash! -- and win throwback '90s games and souvenirs (think Tamagotchi, Furby, and Beanie Babies). Themed games will be hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Franklin Institute. UrbanStems will provide a show-stopping floral-selfie wall for all your Instagram needs.
9:30 p.m. Saturday, $65 in advance, $75 at the door. Event is 21 and older.
For all the shutterbugs out there, catch an early-morning tour led by nationally renowned photographers and still get to work on time. Learn tips and techniques, and receive a private tour of the best areas to photograph. Space is limited to 15 participants; ticket includes Early Morning Photography Tour and same-day admission to the show.
8-10 a.m. Monday to next Friday, $130.
Happy #FidoFriday! #DidYouKnow the #Philly #FlowerShow invites you and your pup to visit the Show on Friday March 17 at the PA Convention Center? Go to theflowershow.com for more information on visiting with your four-legged friend! For now, we’re admiring one of our favorite posts from 2016 of @brentandbeckys newest family member ‘Olivia’ checking out the #Chrysanthemums ‘Sheffield Pink’ during a walk ������
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There are few things dog therapy can’t cure. Guests are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to experience the Flower Show together at Fido Friday. "Yappy Hour" takes place at the World Market. Dogs receive free admission, but humans must be ticketed.
6-9 p.m. next Friday.
The Flower Show isn’t just for moms and dads -- children are invited to bring their stuffed animals and join an afternoon tea party at which a delicious menu of petite sandwiches, pastries, fruit, and an assortment of fine teas will be served.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19.
This new experience was designed for tired guests who have walked miles and miles through the Convention Center. The package offers an electronic massage while you craft your own potpourri and sip a cocktail. The shop will also have beauty products available for purchase. Each day, a special spirit is offered. Check it out Sunday to March 19 for facials courtesy of Origins.
$20 for a Garden Spa treatment; $30 for a Garden Spa with hand massage.
Addicted to Pinterest? You’ll be able to take home your own handmade piece of the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Make & Take in the World Market. DIY experts will provide you with the materials to allow your inner artist to blossom. Create a flower crown, miniature bulb art, or a succulent garden planter to take home as a souvenir.
$10 for a floral craft; $15 for a garden planter.
Enter through the 70-by-30-foot sphere, one of the main attractions at this year’s show that highlights the Netherlands’ long-term commitment to green technology. It marks the Ecodome’s debut in North America. Guests will be able to walk through and interact with a number of new technologies that deal with solar energy, rainwater collection, carbon-dioxide-absorbing paving, and vertical green walls.