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The Philadelphia Flower Show

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Tulips at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

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The Philadelphia Flower Show is both America's longest-running indoor flower show as well as one of Philadelphia's most popular annual events. Founded in 1829, the Philadelphia Flower Show brings together horticultural displays from the region, nation and world every March, transforming the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a lush garden. In addition to being the oldest flower show in the country, it is also the largest, attracting over a quarter of a million people each year.

The 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show

Dates, Times and Location
The 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show will take place February 28 – March 7, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, located at 12th and Arch Streets in Center City Philadelphia. The show is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. According to the Flower Show's website, the "best viewing hours are after 4 p.m."

Tickets
Tickets for the 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show show are $23 in advance for adults, $13 in advance for children and $18 in advance for students. If purchasing tickets at the box office, prices remain the same for children and students, but are $28 for adults on opening day, $26 for adults on a Saturday or Sunday and $24 for adults on weekdays. Advance purchases can be made on the Flower Show's website.

Theme and Exhibits
The 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show theme is "Passport to the World," highlighting the "international" part of the Philadelphia International Flower Show's name. Exhibits include scenes of an Indian wedding, a Brazilian jungle and orchids inspired by Singapore, in addition to plant displays from several other areas including Japan, Germany and the Caribbean.

The show will also feature a variety of flower displays from individuals and garden clubs, a marketplace with over 150 vendors, gardening presentations throughout the festival, food and drink offerings and more.

Philadelphia Flower Show History

Although the Philadelphia International Flower Show is currently one of Philadelphia's largest annual events, its beginnings were rather humble. According to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), during the first Philadelphia Flower Show "twenty-five Society members showed off their horticultural treasures including a variety of exotic and native plans like magnolias, peonies from China, an India rubber tree, the Coffee Tree of Arabia, and sugar cane from the West Indies." The Flower Show grew steadily over the years, adding features like competitions, live entertainment and presentations. In 1996, the Flower Show moved to its current home, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where "it encompasses 33 indoor acres...entertaining crowds over 250,000 people annually" according to the PHS. In 2009, the Philadelphia Flower Show made another change, officially renaming itself the Philadelphia International Flower Show to reflect the increasingly global nature of the event.

Photos From Past Philadelphia Flower Shows

2008: Jazz It Up!
2007: Legends of Ireland
2006: Enchanted Spring...A Tribute to Mother Nature
2005: America the Beautiful
2004: Destination Paradise
2003: Festival de las Flores!
2002: The Pleasures of the Garden
2001: Great Gardeners of the World

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