It’s Flower Show Time!

One indication that spring is on our doorstep has always been the Philadelphia Flower Show, which is being held March 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Regarded as the nation’s largest, and the world’s longest-running horticultural event, the show definitely has some serious credentials. Considering that it’s almost in our own backyard, the Philadelphia Flower Show boasts a legion of fans from Lancaster County. Don’t want to make the drive? Board the train or a bus and let the driving to someone else!

Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the show is known for its acres of garden displays, introducing diverse and sustainable plant varieties, cutting-edge garden and design concepts, world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations/demonstrations and special events. Did I mention there’s shopping? I dare you to step foot in the ever-expanding vendor Marketplace and leave empty-handed. It’s all but impossible! Oh, and you might glimpse a celebrity or two: even Martha Stewart has been known to take in the show. This year’s theme, United by Flowers, celebrates the fact that our shared love of flowers and gardening serves as a unifying factor the world over.

Whew! That’s a lot to take in and digest. Fortunately, the PHS has compiled a list of “Do Not Miss” elements to help you better navigate the show.


  1. The PHS Entrance Garden – Exploring the theme of “Edges and Reflections,” your visit begins with this aquatic floral spectacle that boasts the largest body of water ever created for the show, as well as vibrant floral sculptures. Colossal aerial blooms dance overhead and reflect in the glass-like surface. This modern oasis, a kaleidoscope of colors and bold angles, invites contemplation amidst its suspended floral clouds.
  2. Celebrate the Region – Experience the city’s neighborhoods interpreted as gardens! Local schools highlight the unique spirit of the region through gardens dedicated to neighborhoods like Roxborough, South Philly’s Pennsport and the Italian Market, Spring Garden and more.
  3. Visit Burpee’s Pop-Up Shop –Burpee’s team of horticulture pros will be at the show to provide answers to your gardening questions. While you’re there, get a jump on the growing season and shop from trusted Burpee varieties classic and new, including brilliant ‘United By Zinnias,’ a 2024 flower show exclusive. Plus, take home your free copy of the information-packed Burpee catalog, featuring information on vegetable, flower and fruit varieties, plus tips on how to plant and sow, create container and pollinator gardens and more.
  4. Penn Museum – Ancient Food & Flavor – Ever wonder when humans first started making wine? Or growing potatoes? Discover what plants were important to communities that existed thousands of years ago at Penn Museum’s preview display of their newest exhibition, Ancient Food & Flavor. Penn Museum educators will be available onsite to share wondrous stories about some of the world’s oldest leftovers.
  5. Know to Grow – Develop your green thumb through attending this free speaker series whose topics will range from garden design to vegetable gardening, native plants, container gardening, shade gardening, rock gardening and houseplants. Learn about PHS programs, as well. Whether you are “plant-curious” or a professional, learn something new and walk away with practical takeaways from acclaimed experts.
  6. PHS Hamilton Horticourt – Take in the beauty of incredible and rare plants, all vying for a blue ribbon in the nation’s largest competition. Read the judges’ comments, see the winners, and pick your favorite out of this rotating lineup of unique plants.
  7. Take in beautiful botanical-inspired artwork and jewelry – Prepare to be wowed by stunning and intricate artwork and jewelry made of botanical materials! See what the judges had to say about these incredible works of art and be inspired by what these talented artists create.
  8. The Plant People Place! – Got a houseplant that isn’t quite thriving? Want to learn how to plant your bulbs? The Plant People Place connects you with gardening experts to answer all your gardening questions, suggest a plant, or chat about all things gardening.
  9. Kids Cocoon – This dedicated space allows the youngest visitors to play, learn and have fun! Here they can plant a seedling, read a story and enjoy activities from local partners, with hourly programming every day. The Flower Show Coloring Book, designed by local artists, will allow kids to enjoy page after page of colorful flowers long after their visit to the show!
  10. Shop! – The flower show is a great place to shop for unique finds. Visit Artisan Row, the flower show’s experiential hub, where you can choose from seven local artists and create your own fresh floral crown, candle, handbag, bouquet, terrarium, dried flower bud vase or botanical jewelry. Also check out the Makers Market, which will feature a variety of local artisans and their handmade wares. In 2024, the Makers Market will nearly double in size and include handcrafted jewelry, floral relief prints, artwork, essential oils and self-care essentials and giftable items. The Marketplace area, whose exhibitors are from across the country, will feature everything from plants and tools to cooking ingredients, wearable garden art, outdoor-living needs and more.

Wait! There’s More

If you’re a fan of behind-the-scenes experiences, the show offers Early Morning guided tours of the displays. Early-morning tours that focus on photography and plants are also held. Hours are 8-10 a.m. daily Capacity is limited. Reserved tickets are required. After the tour, you can take in the show.

Family Frolic (March 3) is a special day at the flower show that’s dedicated to those with little ones. Enjoy lots of free activities and programming, face painting, giveaways, mascot visits and more.

Fido Friday! (March 8) provides pet parents with the opportunity to bring their four-legged best friends to the show. Both dogs and their humans are encouraged to sport their floral best. Hours are 5-8 p.m. (Note: Proof of vaccines is required for pets.)

If you’re more of a night owl, Flowers After Dark (March 9) may be your ticket. Shimmer & Shine is the theme (and dress code) for this after-hours party that will have you tiptoeing through the tulips thanks to dance music provided by a lineup of female DJs. If dancing isn’t you’re cup of tea, you’re welcome to explore the displays and exhibits. Hours are 8:30-11:30 p.m. Separate tickets required; 21+ only.

For information about the show, visit phsonline.org/the-flower-show.  For questions, email flowershowtickets@pennhort.org

 To purchase tickets, visit tickets.phsonline.org. 

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