The largest and oldest indoor flower show in the world is coming back indoors.
The Philadelphia Flower Show has had to move from its usual home in the Pennsylvania Convention Center to FDR Park in South Philly over the past two years because of the pandemic.
“We learned a lot. There are many great activities and activations that we tested last year. We got such a great response that we knew we had to bring them back in house,” said Rebecca Schuchart, Director of Experiences and Engagement. “One of them is live music. People loved it, so we really wanted to get into it.”
The Flower Show asked local brass band Snacktime not only to perform at the convention center, but also to put together a line-up of other local musicians to play the Flower Show daily from March 4th to 12th. The list of artists will be published soon.
The theme of the upcoming Flower Show will be The Garden Electric, highlighting flowers and plants for their bold and exciting qualities.
“Over the last two years, the state of the world has had this show adapt to what was happening. So the themes were calming, healing, and tranquil,” said creative director Seth Pearsoll. “After two years we didn’t want everyone to forget that flowers and gardens and plants have a magic that is second to none. It can be a specific moment, a jolt, a real moment when you are touched by these beautiful things.”
Another thing the Flower Show has learned from its time outdoors is the popularity of hands-on activities and crafts. After a pandemic when many people avoided proximity, the show is expanding its Artisan Row, a space where people can work side-by-side with local artists to create things like botanical jewelry, terrariums, and floral candles.
Visitors can also nibble while crafting in the Design and Dine area, combining small bites with hands-on creative experiences.
In addition to the popular Butterfly Room, the Flower Show will bring the Kids Cocoon to the Convention Center, an expanded children’s play area that it built for the outdoor show at FDR Park.
Proceeds from the Flower Show are used to fund the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s year-round gardening, beautification, and community service programs. Tickets for the March 2023 show went on sale today.