Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia
Experience spring in all it's glory!!!
The Flower Show is the premier annual floral and horticultural event on the East Coast. This past year was really super!!! I've never seen so many orchids in my life. Every year the display portion of the convention is very different, depending on the theme for the year. The most impressive display was about 4 years ago- it was a huge faux cathedral with the stained glass windows made of flowers. It was really amazing. My favorite part of the show however, is not the displays, but the vendors. As a person who is really into horticulture, I really look forward to purchasing and testing out items that I can normally only mail order. I've gotten odd plants, kick ass pruners, unusual seeds and even some great culinary items there too.
If you plan ahead, you can look for discount tickets and package deals. If you make a day out of the event (since you can easily kill 6 hours or more there), then the $20 tickets don't seem like such a bad deal. Of course, there's always the problem of parking, but if you car pool, or park in the suburbs and take public transpo, then the cost of parking isn't a big deal either.
By the last day of the show, a lot of the displays are marred because people can't keep their selfish, grimy hands off the displays. Thousands of people visit the show- if a hundred people a day touch a display- it's damaged. Flowers are fragile... The show is also very crowded and people are very insensitive to handicapped and elderly people in wheelchairs. We have had problems with this every year.
The food at the show is grossly overpriced and terrible. So now every year I pack a lunch and snacks and my family is good to go. No problem. Regardless of the problems, it's worth it- it's a one of a kind event.
Fondest memory: http://www.theflowershow.com/home/index.html
Favorite thing: It was so dark in here, even with a flash the photos were hard to get! Bring a strong flash or have a good photo program to adjust it! The flowers were beautiful but how could you see with the low lighting!
The Philly Flower show was a huge disappointment and actually, dangerously crowded. Wasn't worth the 27.00 to get in…you couldn't get near the displays, people were rude and food inside was outrageously over priced.
Last Flower show I attended was 6 years ago…they had many more displays, packed with flowers….this year, maybe due to the economy, the flowers were scantly done…and they surely didn't have the many displays they've had in the past. It was disappointing and 3/4 of the entire enclosure was made up of vendors. Hugely disappointing!
We had to go up 3 escalators, and they had no one at the first two, so when people got to the top of the escalator, they stopped and didn't move, and we had no where to go, but to push those people out of the way…I'm telling you, you couldn't get near any of the displays or even see the shows, it was so crowded…and people were extremely rude, pushing and shoving…awful. If God forbid, there would have been any kind of emergency, people would have gotten trampled. I'm not ever intimidated by crowds, but this was ridiculous…and I'm shocked that they would allow that many people in????? They should be fined for overcrowding, and as I said, God forbid. Whoever is in charge of this flower show, ought to be ashamed of themselves, for allowing so many people in…for dwindling down on displays. I took a day off, from work, to see vendors?
The volcano display with the shows was the best…if you could get close enough to see it…and the rest was just ok…as I said, huge disappointment and not worth the money.
Fondest memory: The many times I've been there in the past...getting off the train at Market Street East, cruising the Reading Terminal, seeing the Philadelphia Orchastra, the many beautiful flower shows in the past, taking a horse and carriage ride down to the Landing on a warm spring day, and reading, the many wonderful resturants....
Don't waste your money $30.00 on the Philadelphia Flower Show. The arrangements are not that nice, the people are rude, the crowds are large so you stand in line for "Everything" the parking is a rip-off and so is the food. I saw the Flower Show in 2012, and hated it. I could not wait to get out of Philadelphia.
Fondest memory: Leaving Philadelphia is the best part of visiting Philadelphia
Favorite thing: Check out the Franklin Institute if you have kids! If you have small children, go to the please touch museum.