I am getting more excited that NYC, Style and a little Cannoli will be covering the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show which theme this year is "Springtime in Paris". Here are some of the highlights which I have recently heard about:
This year’s show will transport winter-weary guests to the romantic and stylish streets of Paris through acres of remarkable gardens, cafes, parks and floral displays. Visitors first enter a stunning Parisian park filled with the scent of lilac, lavender, roses and thousands of tulips blooming beneath the glittering, 33-foot-high arch of the Eiffel Tower. A collection of colorful topiary animals created by Valley Forge Flowers, including a peacock, unicorn, ostrich and butterfly, will sprout from the display and lead to the Carousel Stage. Here, the magical recreation of Paris continues with daily performances by French can-can dancers and cabaret singers, all under the ornate canopy of one of Paris’s iconic landmarks.
Philadelphia-area landscape and floral designers will spark the imaginations of each Flower Show visitor as they capture the many facets of Paris in lively, bold and colorful depictions. Jamie Rothstein Distinctive Floral Designs will team up with French antiques collector John Whitenight on an exhibit that epitomizes “Opulent Paris,” with a glamorous interior parlor and exterior garden in the style of the Belle Époque. “Romantic Paris” will come to life through the designs of Robertson’s Flowers in a glorious fantasy wedding scene at Notre Dame. The masterpieces of France’s greatest artists will be interpreted by Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens in an inspired portrayal of “Artists’ Paris.”
The 2011 Show includes a nod toward the avant-garde in “Underground Paris,” created by the “Best in Show” award-winning American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). The otherworldly scene, which takes inspiration from Paris’s catacombs, features edgy art recreated en fleur. Conversely, Stoney Bank Nurseries goes skyward to serve up “Delectable Paris,” celebrating great Parisian cuisine amid overflowing rooftop gardens, while Burke Brothers Landscape Contractors transports guests to “Timeless Paris,” an urbane world of green courtyards and intimate cafes.
Talented exhibitors will also pay tribute to the Champs-Elysees, the Tour de France, ateliers, a parfumerie and even a renowned Parisian burial ground in massive displays of exquisite floral and landscape design.
Plus crepe stands are also to be set up all around the show. Crepes are the most tasty treat and this is a great place to try one if you have not before.
Did you know the Philadelphia Flower Show is listed in the book "1,000 places to visit before you die" ?
Tickets are on sale now and hotel information can be found HERE . You can print your tickets right at home with your computer which is really fast and easy.
The 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show
“Springtime in Paris”
All proceeds from the Philadelphia International Flower Show, including tickets and sponsorship contributions, support The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and its acclaimed urban greening program, Philadelphia Green. Thank you for your support.
Sunday, March 6 through Sunday, March 13
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2299
PHS Members' Preview (household and leadership levels only)
Saturday, March 5: 12 noon to 3:30 pm.
Sundays, March 6 & 13: 8 am to 6 pm
Monday through Friday, March 7 to March 11: 10 am to 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 12: 8 am to 9:30 pm
(Best viewing hours are after 4 pm)
Box Office closes one hour before Show closing on all days.
Online (plus $.75 service fee)- Available in October
Adult: $25 ; Student: $20; Child: $15
Box Office at the Show
Adult, Opening Day (March 6th): $30
Adult, Monday-Friday: $26 ; Adult, Closing Weekend (Sat., March 12 and Sun., March 13): $28
Student: $20; Child: $15
Advance General Admission at select retailers (*Service charge may apply. Please call retailer for details, link to retail list below)
Adult: $25; Student: $20; Child: $15; Student (ages 17-24): 20*
* Student tickets available online and at the Flower Show Box Office. You must present a valid student ID and proof of age to receive discount.
Group: Adult: $24; Student: $20; Child: $15
over 60 gardens
- free gardening and cooking demonstrations
- live music and can-can dancers
- family lounge
- free wine and spirits tasting
- garden tea
The Philadelphia Flower Show, which debuted in 1829, attracts roughly 250,000 visitors a year, making it a major moneymaker for the city of Philadelphia - 61 million, according to the audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP. The findings reveal that the event serves as a powerful economic engine that generates:
- $61 million economic impact
- The equivalent of 637 full-time jobs
- $8 million in city, state and federal tax revenue
- 25,000 hotel room nights
Local businesses see a positive impact from the Flower Show that rivals their biggest sales weeks. A close neighbor to the Flower Show, Reading Terminal Market, welcomes an influx of retail and restaurant business every year because of the event. "As far as customer traffic, the Flower Show is bigger than Thanksgiving, it's bigger than Christmas - it's the biggest week of the year at the Reading Terminal Market" explained Paul Steinke, manager of the Reading Terminal Market.
Here are some of my photos from previous shows
this was the India display from 2010 and just look at those toenails! and the eyelashes! so adorable she was and she knew it too !!
the colors of India had me really from the very beginning...so pretty!!
that famous Paris landmark made a bit of a show at the 2010 event but this year, it will be magical and about 37 feet high !!
a gorgeous tiara made of flowers from the 2010 show
I have a feeling the Paris show will be similar to the 2009 Bella Italia where they featured Milan....that show was so amazing, words couldn't describe
you really felt like you were in Milan
this hat was so gorgeous...could you imagine wearing it? I can !!
Don't miss this year's flower show.....it will be like traveling to Paris via Philadelphia !!
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