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The Flower Show

What’s New Plus Old Favorites at the 2023 Philadelphia Flower Show

November 18, 2022

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The 2023 Flower Show has taken the most beloved aspects of the past 2 outdoor Shows -- music and upscale shopping plus the festival feel -- and brought all these indoors for the first time. This integration of the best outdoor elements from 2021 and 2022 into the indoor Show format creates a familiar, yet fresh approach to experiential activities for guests to enjoy, in addition to the stunning floral and garden exhibits.  

“The joy that we feel when engaging in something creative is what inspired the guest experiences for the 2023 Flower Show. We want Flower Show attendees to channel the spirit of the bright and exuberant gardens and get involved doing and making something that will be a lasting memory,” said PHS’s Director of Experiences and Engagement, Rebecca Schuchart.  

Get a sneak peek of the 2023 Flower Show’s activities and design, including a variety of new experiences and returning favorites for guests of all ages to enjoy. We hope to see you March 4 - 12, 2023, when the Flower Show returns indoors to the Pennsylvania Convention Center! 

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An artistic rendering of the new Bloom Bar at the 2023 Flower Show.

New Activities and Special Events 

New activities and events this year will encourage guests to engage with flowers and gardens in fun and imaginative ways, while also providing entertainment suited for a variety of tastes, ages, and interests. 

Live music curated by SNACKTIME 

The best and brightest local musical artists will perform daily for guests. During a day of seeing amazing exhibits, take a pause to enjoy some tunes. Stay tuned for more information on musical lineup and performance schedules. Free with admission. 

Kids Cocoon 

A play area for kids to explore and learn, while giving caretakers the ability to enjoy a pause from a day of discovery. Featuring discovery tables, artistic programs, hands-on education, and more, this space will be open daily and is free to enjoy with a Flower Show ticket purchase. Daily programming for children and families will be curated in partnership with local organizations. Free with admission. 

Design & Dine 

Design & Dine, sponsored by Smithers-Oasis is perfect for guests seeking a social, hands-on experience to create their own Garden Electric-inspired floral arrangement, all while enjoying a light meal. This fun, social activity is the perfect way for loved ones to spend time together and create something entirely unique. For every two tickets purchased to this delicious crafting experience, a meal will be donated to those in need through PHS’s catering partner HUNGRY, offering the ability to not only have fun, but do good. Purchase required. 

Bloom Bar 

Bloom Bar is a walk-up experience offering guests the opportunity to purchase pre-assembled, fresh floral crowns in the heart of the Show floor. These gorgeous, wearable pieces of floral art offer a beautiful way for guests to grab, go, and wear -- showing off their floral best. Purchase required. 

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An artistic rendering of the Kids Cocoon area at the 2023 Flower Show.

Returning and Re-Imagined Activities and Special Events 

In addition to new guest experiences, Flower Show attendees can also anticipate the return of several beloved favorites curated through a fresh lens. 

Artisan Row 

The Flower Show’s re-imagined experiential hub where guests can create an elevated floral or gardening-inspired craft, working side-by-side with artisans. Now even larger due to popular demand, Artisan Row will feature 7 different crafts including fresh floral crowns, Flower Show candles, floral handbags, floral bouquets, terrarium making, dried flower bud vases, and botanical jewelry. Purchase required. 

Butterflies Live! 

Visit Butterflies Live! to experience exotic butterfly species never seen before in the color palette of The Garden Electric! Spend time with these beautiful pollinators, all while enjoying a serene environment surrounded by flowering plants. This is an all-ages activity, perfect for both kids and kids at heart! Purchase required. 

Early Morning Tours 

Led by expert tour guides, these 2-hour Early Morning Tours offer guests the opportunity to learn more about the Flower Show’s world-renowned garden designers and landscape architects, plus get up close to displays, the PHS Hamilton Horticourt, and competitive classes – all before the Show opens for general admission hours. New this year, guests will receive a special, complimentary gift and now have the option to register for weekend tour times. Purchase required. 

Guided Photography Tours 

Led by experienced photographers, this Guided Photography Tour experience offers both novice and professional shutterbugs the opportunity to capture the beauty of The Flower Show ahead of general admission hours. Guests will learn photographic tips and tricks and discover more about the spectacular floral displays, the PHS Hamilton Horticourt, and competitive classes, alongside a professional photographer. Purchase required. 

Family Frolic 

This special day at the Flower Show is dedicated to those with little ones. Packed with activities and programming, this event takes place on the last Sunday of the Flower Show (Sunday, March 12). Activities include face painting, giveaways, mascot visits and more.  Free for all to enjoy with a Flower Show ticket purchase. Free with admission.  

Fido Friday 

The dogs are back after a 2-year hiatus! On Friday, March 10, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm only, this event invites guests and their four-legged pals on a leash to experience The Garden Electric together, featuring fur-friendly activations. Free with admission. 

Flowers After Hours 

Join us for a night of mystery and intrigue within The Garden Electric at our annual Flower Show after-hours dance party, Flowers After Hours. We will turn down the lights and turn up the vibes with this year’s theme, Garden Noir. Dress in your all-black best paired with a masquerade-style mask, and dance the night away among the gardens. The evening will feature live music, cabaret entertainment, a variety of food and beverage tastings, and giveaways from a wide range of party partners. Guests can explore all the Flower Show floral, garden, and landscape designs during the event. Must be 21+ with ID to attend. Separate ticket required – can be purchased online or onsite. 

Potting Parties 

Learn the tricks of the trade at these energetic container gardening workshops hosted by designer Tu Bloom (floral designer for the GRAMMYs®). Potting Parties are engaging for all, and end with you taking home your very own creation for lasting floral beauty. Sponsored by Subaru of America. Purchase required. 

Each visitor who purchases a Flower Show ticket, attends a Flower Show special event, or becomes a PHS member contributes to PHS to further its community-driven work planting trees, supporting neighborhood greening, establishing community gardens, providing job training, managing public gardens, and connecting people with horticulture. 

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