The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
The world’s largest indoor flower show
March 11-19, 2017
An annual blockbuster event in Philadelphia, and the world’s oldest and largest indoor event of its kind, the Philadelphia Flower Show draws hundreds of thousands of people to Center City Philadelphia every year.
Run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the show, which enters its 189th year in 2017, invites visitors to take in spectacular floral displays of all shape and size and to take advantage of all the floral action in Philadelphia long before spring comes into full bloom.
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 2017
The Flower Show’s impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations will all rally under this year’s theme, “Holland: Flowering the World.”
Visitors will reap opportunities to explore Dutch garden innovations like Holland's futuristic eco-dome, rainbow landscapes patterned with hyacinths, daffodils and tulips of all shades, mosaic-crafted gardens, classic canals, bridges and more.
In addition to the multiple displays and exhibitions that fill the show, the Flower Show also returns with several of its popular themed events, shopping opportunities and live entertainment.
Flower Show Highlights
Black Tie Preview Party
Friday, March 10, 2017
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 gala 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 music, drinks and food will all be a part of the evening's festivities.
Saturday, January 28 and February 4, 2017
Two different workshops this year invite you to dive deeper into the theory of design that is behind the displays that fill the Flower Show. One workshop explores cutting-edge design trends while another invites you to learn about the processes used by judges to evaluate floral designs. Workshops are free with general admission to the Flower Show.
Early Morning Tours
Select dates throughout the show
To experience the Flower Show before the crowds sweep in, book an Early Morning Tour, providing exclusive access to the Flower Show along with tours of the exhibitions via an expert guide. For photo-enthusiast, certain morning tours, which all commence at 8 a.m., are led by nationally renowned photographers and include a special tour that highlights the best areas to capture from behind your lens. Click here for morning tour pricing information.
Teddy Bear Tea
Sunday, March 19, 2017
The kiddos in your group will love the Flower Show's special Teddy Bear Tea, featuring an assortment of delicious tea-time eats to be paired with plenty of hot teas and live entertainment. The afternoon tea party invites children to bring their favorite teddy bear to join them at the table. Advanced tickets are required and can be purchased here.
Relax in floral paradise with the Flower Show's Garden Spa, making its debut this year. Relaxation stations invite you to enjoy an electronic massage, make your own essential oil or potpourri, sip on champagne and nibble on chocolate for $20 per person. And for an extra $10, you can score a 10-minute massage for your hands, shoulders or feet.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of more than 1,000 butterflies in the Flower Show's Butterflies Live! The exhibition features 20 domestic and exotic species along with native plants that encourage pollination.
Tickets and More Information
Tickets are available online for $28 for adults, $20 for students with valid ID and $15 for children ages two through 16. A service fee of $1.50 per ticket is applied at checkout. Box office tickets are available for $35 for adults, $22 for students with valid ID and $17 for children ages two through 16.
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Flower Show Hotel Packages
Watch your savings grow when you book a stay at one of several participating hotels offering special deals during the Philadelphia Flower Show. Select Center City hotels are offering discounted rates when you stay overnight during the Philadelphia Flower Show. Additional offers vary by hotel and some exclusions apply.
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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 — the first show took place in 1829. 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.
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