What: The 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show

Where: The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets,
Philadelphia, PA.

When: Sunday, February 28th through Sunday, March 7

Why: Because we could all use some vibrant color in our lives right about now. Bleak winter is out. Jungle fever is in. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s yearly spectacle is considered to be one of the world’s premier gardening events. If you are starting to doubt that spring really is just around the corner, the stunning floral creations on display should set you straight.

This year’s theme is “Passport to the World,” so expect a show with lots of international flavor. 60 professional gardeners, landscapers and florists create a variety of displays, competing for the coveted “Best in Show” in their respective categories. If 10 acres of full-scale gardens and floral displays doesn’t sound like a bed of roses, don’t despair. Besides a slew of daily lectures and demonstrations on gardening and landscaping, the event features daily food and wine tasting, live entertainment—including Brazilian music and Bollywood dancers—and special hands-on crafts for kids, so you can bring the entire family.

Cost: Adults, $22; Students, $18; Kids, $13

How to get there: Take AMTRAK to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. Then, transfer to a free SEPTA Regional Rail train at 30th Street Station to Market East Station (show the conductor your AMTRAK ticket stub; save it for the return trip). Follow the signs to the Convention Center. Refer to Discount code V651 and save %15 when you purchase your ticket at www.amtrak.com.

Megabus offers frequent service to 30th Street Station and you may be able to snag a bargain-priced ticket, depending on when you travel.

Consider staying overnight, as many Philadelphia hotels are offering discounted rates. Preferred Hotel Packages include one night accommodation, two Flower Show tickets and breakfast for each guest at the hotel. For information on these packages, visit the flowershow.com.

Photos: Courtesy of PHS

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Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.


  1. This looks magical! Thanks for the tips on the travel options – they are so cheap! Makes the whole trip really affordable for everyone! And the pictures look stunning!!

  2. I can definitely recommend the flower show to anyone who asks — after all, I met my husband at last year’s flower show!!! We eyed each other over the azaleyas, smiled through the sunflowers, and before we could even make it to the rock garden, I was buying him coffee in the concourse because he left his wallet in the car (sooooooo Gerald!). Quick funny story: he ordered “a tall drip” and then I said, “I’ve definittely dated a few of those in my time!” Even the coffee guy laughed at that one! Anyway one month later e were married and three months after that we had our first child, Tax. (Gerald’s an accountount). So if you go to the flower show, I hope you find your mate like me!!!

  3. If you like flowers so much, you should try and visit Japan. You would probably go mad with joy for their Ikebana style gardens:)) You could stay there for days without needing any water and food.

  4. If you like flowers so much, you should try and visit Japan. You would probably go mad with joy for their Ikebana style gardens:)) You could stay there for days without needing any water and food.

  5. The mere fact that the show showcases all the best flowers in the world, definitely, this is the best flower show on earth.


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