The Philadelphia Flower Show is finally here and it is truly ‘in full bloom’, as goes this year’s theme. The event is once again held outdoors, at FDR Park. Floral artists this year were asked to build their gorgeous creations to show the peak of bloom and showcase the restorative power of nature, as well as how gardening is the power to produce a healthier world. 2022 boasts more female exhibitors than ever before and includes a diverse group of artists.
This 200th show, (the first one opened in 1829), is PHS’s most popular event, bringing national tourism annually and having a huge economic impact on the city. Beloved by young and old, the event is a true must see. Guests can enjoy the skillful floral displays, as well as a variety of eats at the Food Bazaar, crafts at Artisan Row,
and shopping on-site with unique vendor booths. Patrons can also relax every day to live music and entertainment on the main stage, while taking a seated break. Cooling libations are available throughout and featured at the Boat House, with the official cocktail, the 'Botanical Lemonade' earning a “yes, please!” status. Meanwhile, families with young kids can enjoy activities together at the Kids Cocoon and ‘Butterflies Live’, with plenty to do and see for the young visitors.
Those who come see the display feast their eyes, but for the talented artists of the flower show this is also a highly prestigious competition where every nuance must be just right to the scrutinizing, educated eyes of the judges. And with so many beautiful projects to choose from, imagine having to pore over the details, one more beautiful than the other. At the press conference on June 10th, Sam Lemheney, Director of Shows, announced the highly anticipated winner; The City Pulse extends a warm congratulations to winner Mark Cook, and his wife, veterans of the show and holders of the green thumb! Congrats to Mark and family!
Truly, it takes dedication, and a lot of time and effort to put this together. While the show is PHS’s most visible work, Robin Potter, Chair of the Board of Directors also spoke from the mainstage, thanking the volunteers, sponsors and championing PHS members as the backbone of the organization. She reminded everyone that the organization engages in a lot more, including programs on workforce development, community gardens, education, and training.
So grab the sunscreen, hit the park and support something wonderful! Early tours start at 8am, with general entry at 10am. Saturday night, June 18, join for “Let’s Glow”, the Flowers After Hours party, where food will be provided by Snack Time Philly and the night will close with fireworks. Or wake up early on Father’s Day and get ready for Family Frolic, Sunday, June 19, get the kids into gardening. A true kick-off to summer, it is hot. Visitors should plan to bring water bottles – there are free water filling stations with cold, delicious water – and sun protection, including hats or other coverings, and small fans. Parking, at $22, is available close by, with shuttles and trolleys helping patrons around.