The world's largest and longest-running indoor flower show will transform the Pennsylvania Convention Center with an early taste of spring.
This year at the Philadelphia Flower Show (March 2-10), see stunning displays inspired by the iconic beauty of Great Britain's most illustrious gardens.
The British invasion, aptly named "Brilliant," will feature more than 140 retail vendors, a myriad of wine and food samples, and floral and garden experts from around the globe. Attendees will be immersed in every element of British horticulture through elaborate, contemporary exhibits ranging from royal palaces and quaint hillside cottages to the eclectic Mad Hatter's tea party and the ominous streetscapes of Jack the Ripper.
You can also learn about aspects of gardening such as urban vegetable plotting, woodland settings and formal gardens with water features.
The new Hamilton Horticourt will display individual plants under an LED lighting system designed to illuminate the most prominent features of the new species of coleus, petunia and primula.
You'll also see a glowing display of Big Ben Plaza complete with various music and images projected onto the clock tower and plaza every hour.
General admission tickets and premium ticket packages for the flower show are available here. All proceeds from the show, including tickets and sponsorship contributions, go towards the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and its urban greening programs.
The flower show attracts nearly 300,000 visitors annually, so accommodations will be in high demand throughout the nine-day event, which includes two Saturdays.
One of the most convenient options is the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, which is attached to the convention center. The Marriott is offering a special "Stop and Smell the Roses" package with rooms ranging from $238 to $310 per night.
Another convenient option is the four-diamond Lowes Philadelphia across the street from the convention center. Lowes will be offering a nightly happy hour and live jazz music throughout the week. Rooms are $249 per night with breakfast included.