At Philly Flower Show 2018: 'Wonders of Water'

Bob Miller with Irwin Landscaping from Wilmington is at work with a dozen others on the “Central Feature” at this week's Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Philadelphia Flower Show.

Next year's Philadelphia Flower Show will aim to make a splash. The theme for the show, to run March 3-11, 2018, is "Wonders of Water" -- a topic designed to offer equal parts inspiration and conservation.

"It's a very important issue around the world right now," said Alan Jaffe, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which presents the show -- the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world -- as a fundraiser. "And stormwater management in the city of Philadelphia is a very important issue." 

It's too soon to know what exactly to expect, but count on lots of fountains, ponds and other water features, plus rain gardens that reflect PHS' ongoing work with the Philadelphia Water Department to increase green, stormwater-absorbing spaces across the city.

It will make three consecutive years of strong environmentalist themes in the show, which last year focused on the U.S. National Park System and this year emphasizes sustainable Dutch design in "Holland."

"The Horticultural Society is very concerned about sustainability issues, so it will continue to be a very important part of the show," Jaffe said.

Meanwhile: If you haven't been to this year's show, which remains open through Sunday, today's snow day is the day to go. Jaffe said 19 tour buses had been rescheduled for later in the week, leaving just a few hundred people on the show floor.

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