Monday, March 7, 2016

The Philadelphia Flower Show: Explore America

In the year 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the "Organic Act" officially creating the National Park Service in order to take responsibility of the parks, monuments, and preserves that had been set aside as public land from as early as the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. For the next hundred years, the National Park Service would work "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."  This year, The Philadelphia Flower Show has chosen to honor that century of dedication, preservation, and protection provided by the National Park Service and celebrate just how much "future generations" have indeed enjoyed and will continue to enjoy these amazing places in our country.


The Philadelphia Flower Show has its own rich history, making its debut in 1829 as the first ever flower show in the United States.  Hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show is not only a visual display of beauty to admire, but also a predictor and setter of future horticultural trends and a platform to share and teach about growing and maintaining ones own beloved blooms.  This year the theme Explore America highlights the amazing and vast array of flowers, trees, and natural elements native to our country and demonstrates how exotic, breathtaking, and beautiful our own wildlife truly is.  It also allows visitors to reminisce about their own national park memories while inspiring all ages to get out and camp, hike, and experience nature on a personal level.

Surrounded by tall trees and showcasing an entrancing video of the parks wildlife, one enters The Flower Show through the enormous Big Timber Lodge.  The vibrant music and giant colorful compass  set the mood for adventure and a desire to explore and admire the natural beauty beyond. The Landscape displays this year showcase famous National Park destinations from "Yellowstone National Park" and "Acadia National Park" to the "Muir Woods National Monument"  and "Cape Cape National Seashore". Some of our favorite moments this year in the show can be found in the floral displays with the bold shapes representing "Arches National Park" and the fascinating depiction of Ansel Adams' black and white captures of nature.  We also enjoyed seeing local favorites like Philly's own "Independence National Historical Park" and the nearby famous "Valley Forge National Park".

The Flower Show's event schedule is jammed packed with excitement and fun all week with early morning and photography tours, demonstrations at the designer's studio, and extras like the Railway Garden, Butterflies Live!, and the Make and Take Room. Check to see a list of special days throughout the show including Wedding Wednesday, Fido Friday, and International Women's Day. Adults will enjoy Flowers After Hours on Thursday at the Base Camp Pop-Up Beer Garden, while visitors with little ones won't want to miss seeing their favorite Thomas and Friends riding around the Railway Garden and attending the Flower Show Jamboree and Teddy Bear Tea.  As an added twist to the Explore America theme, park rangers from the National Park Service can be found throughout the show answering questions among the displays, giving talks at the Find Your Park Pavilion, and helping kids earn their Junior Ranger Badge at the Ranger Station.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society makes visiting simple with a Survival Guide for the Flower Show Explorer, parking reservations through Parking Panda, coat check near the show's entrance, and hand stamps for easy re-entry.  PHS members get FREE Flower Show tickets as well as a ton of discounts and exclusive benefits at the show.  The Philadelphia Flower Show will only be a the Pennsylvania Convention Center from March 4th to March 13th, so make plans today to go and Explore America!


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2 comments:

  1. This Flower Show is really popular. My sister also love flowers and it’s her desire to attend such events. Currently I am making plans for her wedding, have shortlisting some of local event venues and checking themes available with them.

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