As if surrounding yourself with the sights, scents, and sounds of spring wasn’t enough to do at the Philadelphia Flower Show, just wait until you see what’s going on outside the Exhibit Hall. You won’t ever want to leave the Pennsylvania Convention Center!
The Grand Hall is a destination in itself. Bucks County sculptor Steve Tobin will exhibit several pieces that exemplify his connection to the natural world. Tobin is best known for his monumental works in bronze, steel, glass, and ceramics. He explores the realms of philosophy, science and poetry to create nature-based works that evoke a sense of wonder. His works have also been exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Switzerland. A solo exhibition of Tobin’s work, featuring large-scale outdoor and indoor sculptures, will open in June at the Michener Museum of Art in Doylestown, PA.
Also featured in the Grand Hall will be rarely seen prints from the Andy Warhol “Flowers” Series from the Bank of America Collection, one of the largest art collections in the world. The Bank of America, exclusive sponsor of the Flower Show, has converted its collection into a distinctive resource from which museums and nonprofit galleries may borrow complete or customized exhibitions at no cost, which generates vital revenue for these institutions. Selections from the West Collection, amassed by Albert P. West, art collector and chairman of SEI Investment Company of Oaks, PA, will be on display and include a sculpture by Rob de Mar; a two-sided painting resembling a cross-slide of a giant tree, titled “Cookie,” by Sharon Levy; a sculpture titled “Licorice Shoes” by Andy Yoder; and an inflatable flower tank titled “Seige Weapons of Love” by Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich.
The Grand Hall will also host works by the Society of Botanical Illustrators; wine tastings at the Fine Wine and Good Spirits Store; a giant ARTiculture mural created by PHS, along with its partners and the Crayola Experience; food by Aramark and Garces Catering; and much more.
Feeling creative? Then a visit to the Make & Take Room is a must. Last year, hundreds of visitors wielded a glue gun to create fanciful fascinators that became the talk of the show. In this year’s expanded Make & Take Room, guests can design, assemble, and take home two different DIY projects: For $10, participants can create a wearable craft project and for $25, visitors can choose from a selection of unique plants, accessories, and containers to build their own terrarium. Located in Room 201B&C, the room will be open during the PHS Members’ Preview Day, February 28, from noon to 3 p.m.; March 2, 3, and 8, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; March 4 through 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and March 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make & Take tickets can be purchased here.
For some, a visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show isn’t complete without attending a Garden Tea. Set in the beautifully decorated Room 203 A&B with fabulous floral arrangements, fine china, and soft music, the Tea offers a pleasant respite from the fanfare of the show for you and your friends. A light and delicious menu of petit sandwiches, pastries, fruit, and an assortment of fine teas from contributing sponsor Stash will enhance your Flower Show experience. There are two seatings daily at 12:30pm and 3:45pm (with the exception of closing day). Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be found here.
Ready to really feel that spring is in the air? Step inside Room 202 in the Grand Concourse for the Butterfly Experience, an interactive and educational exhibit created by California’s Sky River Butterflies. Twenty species of butterflies–10 domestic and 10 exotic–some of the most rare and beautiful varieties, will be together for the first time as part of an exhibit in the United States. Upon entering the room, guests of all ages will have the chance to roam among and feed the butterflies. The exhibition space will be filled with a vast selection of plants and heated to the right temperature to simulate the butterflies’ natural habitat.
Guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about butterfly gardening and regional horticulture that attracts these beautiful creatures. Rose Franklin, leading butterfly garden expert, will visit the show for a special presentation and introduce her book, “Fast Track Butterfly Gardening.” Dr. Wayne Wehling, National Director of Entomology for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will also attend the show to talk about various insects in the garden. The Butterfly Experience will be open every day of the Show: February 28, noon to 3 p.m.; March 1-2, 8 am to 8 pm; March 3-7, 10 am to 8 pm; March 8, 8 am to 8 pm; and March 9, 8 am to 6 pm. Tickets may be purchased here.
You can have all of the schedules, exhibit information, special guest appearance dates–all there is to know about the Flower Show–at your fingertips by downloading the Flower Show app. For details, click here, We can’t wait to welcome you!