Time for Spring: The 2011 Flower Show

theflowershow.com“Springtime in Paris” is this year’s theme for the Philadelphia International Flower Show being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and frankly, Je ne peux pas attendre!--Oops, I can not wait!

 The exhibition, which supports the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), kicked off its 182nd show yesterday—the first one took place in 1829! The audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG LLP reported that the show will contribute a $61 million impact to the Greater Philadelphia region. (That’s equivalent to 637 full-time jobs!)

“We are extremely proud to play such a vital role in the success and growth of this region,” said Drew Becher, President of the PHS.

 All proceeds of the show, from tickets to sponsorship contributions will go directly to the PHS and Philadelphia Green, its urban greening program. (For 30 years, Philadelphia Green has used horticulture to improve our city. It’s responsible for planting trees, revitalizing parks and public spaces, creating green streetscapes, etc.)

 The reasons to attend seem endless. Join thousands of spectators from across the globe, view acres and acres of the world’s most beautiful plants, and even talk to a few experts on the floor. Did we mention the 37-foot-tall Eiffel Tower, adorned with flowers?

You’ll have 8 days to view the spectacle and tickets range from $15-$25.

Bonus: Included in your admission is an invitation to several Greensource talks, running Monday through Friday at 1 p.m., featuring some of the most innovative designers in the nation. We suggest Tuesday’s, a screening of the documentary film, “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks.” It examines the formation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century!

Bonus part deux: On Wednesday, March 9th there will be a happy hour, including a free wine and spirits tasting until 7pm at the Grand Hall. Also, show your Flower Show ticket at participating restaurants and receive 10-15% off.

For more information on how to get tickets, visit www.theflowershow.com. For more information about PHS, visit http://www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org.