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The Flower Show

Top 11 Things Not to Miss at the 2024 Philadelphia Flower Show

February 06, 2024

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Embark on a floral adventure at the 2024 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, United by Flowers, as we unveil the top 11 things you absolutely cannot miss during your visit. We've curated a spectacular lineup of gardens, events, and activities that promise to enchant visitors of all ages.  

From the mesmerizing PHS Entrance Garden, exploring the theme of "Edges and Reflections," to the neighborhood-inspired gardens celebrating the spirit of the region, the Flower Show is a feast for the senses. Discover the secrets of ancient food and flavors at Penn Museum, unleash your inner plant nerd in the PHS Hamilton Horticourt, and get your burning gardening questions answered at The Plant People Place. With family-friendly spaces like Kids Cocoon and Family Frolic, and even a special Fido Friday for your canine companions, the Flower Show ensures a day filled with beauty, knowledge, and unforgettable memories. Don't forget to explore Artisan Row and the Makers Market for unique, locally crafted treasures.  

Get ready for a blooming good time at the 2024 Flower Show! 

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1. The PHS Entrance Garden 

The PHS Entrance Garden explores the theme of “Edges and Reflections.” Your Flower Show visit begins with this aquatic floral spectacle, boasting the Flower Show's largest body of water ever created and vibrant floral sculptures. Colossal aerial blooms dance above, reflecting in the glass-like surface. This modern oasis, a kaleidoscope of colors and bold angles, invites contemplation amidst its suspended floral clouds.  

2. Celebrate the Region 

Experience the neighborhoods interpreted as gardens! Local schools highlight the unique spirit of the region through gardens dedicated to neighborhoods like Roxborough, South Philly’s Pennsport and the Italian Market, Spring Garden, Doylestown's small-town charm, and more. 

3. Visit Burpee’s Pop-Up Shop 

Talk to the seed and plant experts! Burpee’s team of horticulture pros will be in person with answers to your gardening questions every day. While you’re there, get a jump on the growing season and shop from seeds of trusted Burpee varieties classic and new, including brilliant ‘United By Zinnias,’ a 2024 Flower Show exclusive. Plus, take home your free copy of the information-packed Burpee catalog featuring information on vegetable, flower, and fruit varieties, plus tips on how to plant and sow, container and pollinator gardening tips, and more. 

4. Penn Museum – Ancient Food & Flavor 

Ever wonder when humans first started making wine? Or growing potatoes? Discover what plants were important to communities who lived thousands of years ago at Penn Museum’s preview display of their newest exhibition, “Ancient Food & Flavor!” Penn Museum educators will be available onsite to share wondrous stories about some of the world’s oldest leftovers! 

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5. Turn to PHS for the best in garden knowledge – Know to Grow 

Develop your green thumb at Know to Grow! New this year, the Flower Show will host a free gardening speaker series on various topics up to 4 times a day. Presentation topics range from garden design, vegetable gardening, native plants, container gardening, shade gardening, rock gardening, houseplants, and information on PHS programs. Whether you are “plant-curious” or a professional, learn something new and walk away with practical takeaways from acclaimed experts!  

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6. Unleash your inner plant nerd in the PHS Hamilton Horticourt 

Take in the beauty of incredible and rare plants, all competing in the nation’s largest plant competition for a blue ribbon! Read the judges' comments, see the winners, and pick your favorite out of this rotating lineup of unique plants!  

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7. Take in beautiful botanical-inspired artwork and jewelry 

Prepare to be wowed by stunning, intricate artwork and jewelry made of botanical materials! See what the judges had to say about these incredible works of art and be inspired by what these talented artists create! 

8. Get your most pressing plant questions answered at The Plant People Place! 

Got a houseplant that isn’t quite thriving? Want to learn how to plant your bulbs? The Plant People Place connects you with gardening experts to answer all your gardening questions, suggest a plant, or chat about all things gardening and horticulture! Stop by and develop your green thumb! 

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9. Fun for the Family at Kids Cocoon and Family Frolic 

Bring the whole family and make some memories! Kids Cocoon is a dedicated space for kids to play, learn, and have fun! The Show’s youngest guests can plant a seedling, read a story, and enjoy activities from local partners, with hourly programming every day. Purchase a special Flower Show coloring book designed by local artists, so kids can enjoy page after page of colorful flowers long after their visit to the Show!  

On Sunday, March 3, enjoy Family Frolic, a special day at the Flower Show dedicated to those with little ones. With your Flower Show ticket, enjoy lots of free activities and programming, face painting, giveaways, mascot visits, and more.  

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10. Experience the Flower Show Alongside Your Doggie BFF at Fido Friday! 

Dogs love the Flower Show too! On Friday, March 8 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, guests and their doggie pals can experience “United by Flowers” together, featuring fur-friendly activations and both dogs and humans sporting their floral best! 

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11. Shop Local at Artisan Row and the Makers Market 

The Flower Show is a great place to shop local! Visit Artisan Row, the Flower Show’s experiential hub, where you can choose from 7 unique artists and create your own elevated floral or gardening-inspired memento. Choose from fresh floral crowns, candles, floral handbags, floral bouquets, terrarium making, dried flower bud vases, and botanical jewelry. 

Nearby, visit the Makers Market, featuring a variety of local artisans and their handmade wares. In 2024, the Makers Market will nearly double in size and include handcrafted jewelry, floral relief prints, artwork, gorgeous smelling essential oils and self-care essentials, and giftable items.  

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