The 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show
The world’s largest indoor flower show
March 5-13, 2016
An annual blockbuster event in Philadelphia, and the world’s oldest and largest indoor event of its kind, the Philadelphia Flower Show draws more than 260,000 people to Center City Philadelphia every year.
Run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the show, which enters its 188th year in 2016, invites visitors to take in spectacular floral displays of all shape and size and to take advantage of all the floral action in Philadelphia.
The show was recently awarded the Grand Pinnacle Gold award from the International Festivals & Events Association’s annual competition, which includes the world’s top festivals and events.
What's New For 2016
The Flower Show’s impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations will all rally under this year’s theme — “Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service” — which will honor the National Park Serice’s centennial and provide a rich supply of inspiration for horticultural creativity.
Tapping America’s more than 400 national parks sites (including our own local Valley Forge) as a kicking off point, designers from across the globe will create and display exhibits to fill the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s 10 acres with floral arrangements, gardens and landscapes.
Beyond the centerpiece garden displays, the Flower Show hosts a stage for a major juried competition in horticulture and floral arranging, as well as tons of gardening talks and demonstrations, special events, a sprawling indoor market and tons of food and drink options — beer garden, anyone?
A soaring entrance garden at the 2016 Flower Show welcomes visitors to “Big Timber Lodge,” a take on classic park architecture via an immersive display of art, flowers, waterfalls, spectacular imagery and the sounds of nature.
In addition to the exhibitions, the show will bring back its popular theme nights in addition to shopping opportunities and live entertainment.
Reasons to Visit the Flower Show
Each year brings its own unique blockbuster events and new attractions to the Philadelphia Flower Show that you won’t want to miss. Click the button below to see our top reasons to check out this year’s Flower Show.
Flower Show Highlights
Black Tie Preview Party
Friday, March 4, 2016
Come dressed to impress, and take advantage of this opportunity to experience the beautiful designs and displays of the Flower Show before it opens to the public. Proceeds to the ticketed, black-tie fundraiser will benefit the greening initiatives of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Best in Show awards will be presented to the top floral and landscape designers, and live music, drinks and food will all be a part of the evening's festivities.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Brides-to-be can get wedding advice from more than 50 local experts and sample champagne during Wedding Wednesday at the Flower Show. All guests receive a complimentary gift bag. Tickets cost $50 per person and include admission to the Flower Show.
Friday, March 11, 2016
What better companion to explore the National Park theme than your pup? In partnership with PAWS, Fido Friday invites four-legged and two-legged friends to experience the show together. Beginning with a 6 p.m. “Yappy Hour” at the show's pop-up beer garden, this is sure to be a unique and fun way to view this year's exhibits.
Flower Show Jamboree
Sunday, March 13, 2016
The Flower Show Jamboree features family-friendly activities throughout the day, placing kids at center stage – and we mean that quite literally. Opportunities to earn a "Junior Ranger Badge" will be followed by a swearing-in ceremony on the show's stage near the entrance of the exhibit.
Beat the crowd with early morning VIP access to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show starting at 8 a.m. from March 7-11. For details, click the button below.
Get a sneak peek of the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show in the short video below:
Hours and Tickets
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show will be open:
Friday, March 4 (PHS Members' Preview): noon - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 (PHS Members' Preview): 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 5: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 6: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Mon. - Fri., March 7-11: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 12: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 13: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tickets are available online for $30 ($34 at the door) for adults, $20 ($22 at the door) for students with valid ID and $15 ($17 at the door) for children ages two through 16. A service fee of $1 per ticket is applied at checkout.
Purchase tickets online and view special offers using the button below.
Flower Show Hotel Packages
Watch the savings grow when you book your stay at participating hotels during the Philadelphia Flower Show. Select Center City hotels are offering special rates and FREE tickets to the world's largest indoor flower show when you stay overnight during the Philadelphia Flower Show. Additional offers vary by hotel and some exclusions apply.
Click the button below to browse participating hotels and book your stay.
Top 10 Things to Do Near the Pennsylvania Convention Center
Within a 10-minute walk of the main entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch streets, you'll find everything from foodie heavens like Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown to Philly's famous Love sculpture, cocktails, museums and more.
Click the button below for our guide to the top 10 things to do near the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
For 188 years, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show has enthralled visitors from around the globe with stunning displays celebrating the beauty of plants and the art of gardening.
The Philadelphia Flower Show is deeply rooted in the history of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), which was founded in 1827. Charter members brought interesting plants to display at meetings and, eventually, to share with the public. In the 1960s, PHS took over management of the Philadelphia Flower Show, also encouraging participation by amateurs — individuals and garden clubs.
With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the show raises significant funds to support PHS’s community greening programs and other civic initiatives in Philadelphia.
For complete programming information as well as more information on the show, click the button below.
In the neighborhood
1201 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Rodeway Inn Center City
- Four Points by Sheraton
Philadelphia City Center
- The Morris House Hotel
- Alexander Inn
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
- Holiday Inn Express Midtown
- The Independent Hotel Philadelphia
- Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
- Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City Convention Center
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Museums & Attractions
19 South 10th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
- The African American Museum
- National Archives and Records Administration Mid-Atlantic Region
- Asian Arts Initiative
- Radio One Music & Entertainment Conference
- AIA Bookstore & Design Center
- PIFA Street Fair
- Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia
- Emergence of a Modern Metropolis Walking Tour
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Restaurants & Dining
206 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- The Plough & The Stars
- The Bourse
- The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar
- Tommy DiNic’s Roast Pork and Beef
- The Olde Bar
- Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge
- Reading Terminal Market’s Pennsylvania Dutch Festival
- Blackbird Pizzeria
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