Every year in March, I don’t miss the chance to awaken my senses to see and smell spring blooms at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show. This year’s theme was Holland: Flowering the World. My BFF Cynthia and I got the chance to tip-toe through the tulips inside the Philadelphia Convention Center located on Arch Street between Broad and 11th Streets.
During last year’s Flower Show, I took a walk in the park, exploring America by celebrating the 100-year old National Parks theme. In 2015, my BFF and I were also fortunate enough to attend the black-tie preview party for Celebrate the Movies courtesy of the pharmaceutical company that employs us.
While there wasn’t a black-tie preview party or hors d’oeuvres this year, Cynthia and I were able to tip-toe through the tulips.
The Philadelphia Flower Show is the world’s biggest, longest-running indoor flower show that covers 10 acres of the convention center floor. Since 1829, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the non-profit organization promotes horticulture-related events and community activities in the city of Philadelphia. The cost to attend is $31 in advance for adults and $35 at the door.
The goal every year is to figure out how to maneuver around the massive amount of people that attend the 11-day annual show. After taking the 1:10 pm Paoli local train into Center City Philadelphia, Cynthia and I decided to have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. There was only a 25-minute wait and seated at the table next to us were besties who were also attending the annual flower exhibit.
Here are my highlights of the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show:
1. 6,00 hanging cut and fresh flowers
2. New Tulip
3. Blue Tulip
The Holland theme represented with over 30,000 tulips at the entrance. One can’t pay homage to Dutch history without tulips, windmills, and bikes mentioned.
5. The Dutch Eco-dome
Bicycles are the primary mode of transportation in Holland and here are a few of my favorites:
8. And more tulips
For a few years tulip bulbs were traded as valuable commodities at ever-upward prices until, as applies to all economic bubbles, the market crashed. Holland became known as the world’s producer of tulips and other bulbs.
9. Wow factor
I seek the “wow factor” every year. I say mission accomplished with the Delft-tile adorned Dutch inspired bridge with a floral canopy of 6,000 fresh and cut hanging flowers hanging from colored strings overhead of the flagship garden at the main entrance.
Cynthia and I finished off the day sipping caramel lattes, people watching, and ending up at my fave store, Nordstrom, for a few much needed Jo Malone goodies.
The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show ended on Sunday, March 19. If you enjoyed the virtual flower show experience, perhaps you’d like to entertain the thought to attend next year’s show with your bestie. “Wonder of Water” is the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show theme. The show will take place March 3rd to the 11th. How do you celebrate spring?