Flower Show to Bring Islands of Hawaii to Philadelphia

by Sandra Foyt on February 10, 2012

in Travel Ideas

Flower Show PreviewEven in the mildest of winters, early days in February awaken memories of gardens past and the desire to see burgeoning buds once again. For the green-thumb dreamer there is no better way to chase the blues than to attend a flower show.

I had a chance to attend a sneak preview of the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Eventi Hotel in New York City and to meet with a couple of the creative minds in the Philadelphia Horticultural Society who are behind this grand undertaking. Make no mistake, this is the grandest of visions. Encompassing 10 acres, it’s the largest indoor flower show in the world!

Plenty of room for magnificent garden features, perhaps none more ambitious than one that brings Hawaii: Islands of Aloha to life in a waterfall display – complete with erupting volcano. The flower show is a huge production, but it’s not just about looking at ornamentals. In addition to being open to anyone who wants to enter their prized plant for judging, there are many events and attractions, including several for kids:

  • Sprout's Sean and Chica with Sandra Foyt.Family Lounge powered by Sprout, the Children’s Network, who plan special appearances from a beloved cast of character that includes Sean and Chica.
  • Beekeeping demo.
  • Scavenger hunt.
  • Interactive lawn games demo at The Gardener’s Studio.
  • A reading of “The Lorax” by Lisa Nutter, wife of Mayor Michael Nutter.

To plan a visit to the Philadelphia International Flower Show, go to www.theflowershow.com.  And for a chance to win the Ultimate Gardening Getaway Sweepstakes, with a 2-night Philadelphia getaway that includes tickets to the Flower Show, and much, much more, visit www.organicgardening.com/PhiladelphiaFlowerShow.

Tempting a baby at the Flower Show Preview.

But what if you can’t make it to the Philadelphia Flower Show? Never fear, there are other flower shows, including one right here in the Capital Region:

Capital District Garden & Flower Show
Hudson Valley Community College
Troy, N.Y.
March 23–25, 2012

And let us not forget that after that, it’s only a short wait until the Albany Tulip Festival.

For a complete round up, visit Horticulture Magazine’s Flower Shows 2012. This list is just missing the kid-centric Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival.

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

walkingon travels February 10, 2012 at 1:34 am

We just checked out the NW Flower and Garden Show. They had a great PlayGarden for the kids and some very impressive displays for the mamas to enjoy. Now if only it came with some free babysitting then we would all be happy 😉 I really do have to get back to Philly sometime to go to that show again. It is massive and so amazing. I still remember my visit from grade school days.
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