The World’s Largest Indoor Floral Extravaganza
The country’s oldest and most prestigious flower show, held almost every year since 1829 and produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, is also its best, an extravaganza that transforms every inch of 10 acres of the Philadelphia Convention Center into a fantasy garden of bursting buds and blooming trees.
Sixty major exhibits are enough to take your breath away, while 2,500 amateur exhibits in 580 competitive classes give the pros a run for their money. More than 200 judges from across the nation bestow awards on the penultimate night of the weeklong event, which is filled out with seminars, how-to demonstrations (pruning, replanting, bonsai and topiary training, fertilizer debates), and a hard-to-resist marketplace.
Proceeds from the show – usually more than $1 million – are poured back into the city’s community gardens and beautification projects. At last count, more than 2,000 gardening projects enjoyed the Horticultural Society’s attention, and are integral to keeping Philadelphia the “Greene Countrie Town” envisioned by its founder, William Penn.