The Countdown Has Begun–One Week Until Spring Has Sprung!

tulipsAfter what we’ve been through this winter, we all need it–spring! To be swept away by the colors of nature, to be overwhelmed with the sweet scents of flowers, herbs, and fresh grass, to hear the sounds of a woodland stream, and to be awestruck by fusion of art and horticulture. The Pennsylvania Convention Center is buzzing with activity so that one week from today, you can experience all that is ARTiculture!

In the days ahead, we’ll bring you behind the scenes of the largest show of its kind and share with you some incredible insights from our exhibitors, museum partners, volunteers, staff, and vendors as the excitement builds to the opening day. Watch as thousands of roses are prepped for display, hundreds of yards of mulch are spread to perfection, and a prized orchid is painstakingly cleaned with a small paintbrush. Learn how the entire event is a competition and what it takes to win. And finally, hear how the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society uses the proceeds from the Show to support its gardening, greening, and learning programs throughout the region.

Best of (13)What can you do to be ready to take it all in? Plan your visit now! Here are a few tips:

  • Purchase your tickets online. You’ll save time and money, and you can print your Flower Show tickets at home or at the Will Call booth, located at the 12th and Arch Street West entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
  • Choose an add on. Whether it be the delight of the Butterfly Experience, the fun of the Make & Take Room, or the all-out bash that is the Preview Party, you can take your Flower Show experience to the next level with these extras.
  • Consider taking the train. SEPTA brings you in just under the Convention Center, and after a short walk and a couple of escalator rides, you’re  in the Grand Hall and just steps from the Flower Show! SEPTA  offers a One-Day Independence Pass, which includes unlimited transportation on any SEPTA bus, trolley, subway, or regional rail train.
  • Download the Flower Show app for all of the Show schedules, guest appearances, the map, and everything else you need to know. It’s available for  Apple iPhones and iPadsAndriods, or click these links for the desktop and the mobile web versions.

While the calendar may say spring begins March 20, we’re going to get a jump start on it by bringing you the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show ARTiculture March 1 through 9. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Know Before You Go: The Best Time to Visit if You’re a Photographer!

Additional images (4)This is the fourth installment in our “Know Before You Go” series of tips and PHS Philadelphia Flower Show info. 

One of the most important things to bring to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show–besides a pair of comfortable shoes–is your camera. With all of the incredible exhibits, the beautiful PHS Hamilton Horticourt, the inspiring artistic classes, and so much more, your camera is a sure-fire way to capture the Show and bring home the memories. We know that trying to get the perfect shot can be a little difficult when the exhibit hall is full of visitors, so what if you had the Flower Show almost all to yourself?

An Early Morning Tour is the best way for photographers to create images at the Flower Show. The ticket purchase includes:

  • A private tour of the exhibits with behind-the-scene stories
  • 10% off purchases at the PHS Store
  • A free gift bag
  • Access to the private PHS Members Lounge

Available Monday, March 3 through Friday, March 7, the early access from 8:00 to 10:00 am means that photo buffs can set up tripods, feel free to use off-camera lights, and take their time exploring the Show. While special equipment needs to be stored once the Show floor opens at 10:00 am, this is a unique opportunity to see the Show, be creative, and get just the right picture. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Not really an early riser? Then plan to visit the Flower Show late in the afternoon into the evening when there are fewer visitors. Open until 9:00 pm every day and until 6:00 pm on the last Sunday, the hours between 5:00 and 9:00 pm are your best chance to have more elbow room when taking pictures. Once you create your one-of-a-kind gallery of images, we invite you to share some on our Flower Show Facebook page or on Instagram at PhilaFlowerShow!

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The Flower Show is Looking for an On-Air Host! Is it You?

on_the_airHave you always wanted to be the next Ryan Seacrest? Do you idolize Cat Deeley from So You Think You Can Dance? Well, now is your chance to prove you have what it takes to be the host of your dreams. This is your opportunity to receive the public exposure at an event that welcomes a quarter-million guests and reaches millions more.

New for 2014, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show will create an interactive hub called the Green Room. Online and in person, the Green Room will be the hub for all Flower Show buzz – the center of attention of broadcasts and outreach of our media partners. But all this technology needs a zap of human lightning rod to energize and stimulate the socialsphere. So the search begins for a larger-than-life personality to jump-start the Flower Show social media and be the first-ever Green Room host!

Just like on American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, PHS is looking for a dynamic extrovert with endless energy, an unbeatable on-air personality, and social media savvy. You should work the camera as you interview Flower Show VIPs, interact with visitors, and share behind-the-scenes stories with on-site and at-home audiences.

This is the perfect launching pad for anyone who has dreamed of a television hosting or reporting gig. Actors, journalists, improv artists, selfie-portrait takers, spotlight hogs, and aspiring TV hosts should apply. No shrinking violets, please!

Think you have what it takes? Then submit your application video today.

Application Process

  1. Submit a YouTube or Vine video showcasing your impressive, creative and engaging personality. Be funny, smart, exciting and charismatic. Prove that you have the pizzazz to be a Flower Show star! Videos should be no longer than two minutes and must be submitted by end of day on February 4. Your submission video will be shared on the PHS Facebook page, where the world will help decide if you have what it takes. Submit your video at here.  Be sure to address the following three points in the most creative way possible:  (a) Tell us who you are, where you are from and an unusual fact about yourself that makes you stand out ; (b) Demonstrate that you can be personable, creative and entertaining; (c) Why should we pick you to be the First Green Room Host?
  2. Build your fan base. Use the power of social media to let the world know you should be the first Green Room host. The more likes and shares you receive, the better your chances. Have your parents, professors, and partners tell us why you’d make the best Green Room host.
  3. Five finalists will be selected from the applicant pool on February 10. Those lucky people will participate in an in-person audition on February 12. You must be available for this round, and bring your “A” game!
  4. The winner will be announced on February 13.

 The Gig

The winner of the search will receive total access to the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and will become the face of the Green Room. With the assistance of a tech crew and Flower Show staff, the Green Room host will interview the creative forces behind the largest horticultural event in the U.S. Each day from February 28 through March 9, the Green Room host will generate video content to be shared across social media channels.

The Green Room host will work with an intrepid production team to document many of the stories on the Flower Show floor. Each day we hope to launch four to six pieces of digital content that will range from entertaining to enlightening, featuring the people and plants that make the Flower Show. To keep the host fresh and ready, we will block off 4-hour blocks of shooting schedule. The editing elves will cut this down into YouTube clips for immediate and post-Show broadcasts. The host will also be encouraged to Tweet, Instagram, Vine and help facilitate the social media touchpoints of our sponsors and partners …all the while being incredibly telegenic.

The host position, which includes a compensation package, is a fantastic opportunity for any aspiring media maven, from college student to seasoned Philly celebrity. The host will be gaining invaluable experience and major public exposure at a world-renowned event.

For more information on the Green Room and the host auditions, contact Dan Moise, PHS Social Media Manager, at 215.988.8871, dmoise@pennhort.org.

Stag & Doe Night, a Snow Sale, and More at the PHS Holiday Pop Up Store!

an inside the store shot2The holidays are in full swing at the PHS Holiday Pop Up Store in Chestnut Hill. Located at 8433 Germantown Avenue, the store is the place to shop exceptional gifts for the gardener, decorator, and culinary enthusiast on your list.

Shop our Snow Sale Friday through Sunday! Get 10% off candles, candle accessories, hot dip mixes (parmesan artichoke and cheddar bacon), and double truffle hot cocoa mixes. And don’t forget, PHS members save 20% on all Snow Sale items. Not a member yet? You can join the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society  while at the Pop Up Store.

We also hope that you’ll join us for these in-store events:

Stag & Doe Nights (Wednesday, December 11 and 18) Visit Chestnut Hill on Wednesdays for Stag & Doe Night, when Germantown Avenue comes alive with music, merriment, and more. Come by the PHS Holiday Pop Up Store between 5:00 and 8:00 pm tonight to meet Kate Kurelja, who compiled a new fundraising cookbook, Savoring the Shore. Full of great recipes from home cooks, bloggers, professional chefs, restaurants, celebrity chefs, publishers, Miss America, and more, the cookbook hit the shelves on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and all proceeds go to Sandy recovery in New Jersey. Kate will be offering samples of a family recipe for dill dip and hot holiday clam dip, and copies of the cookbook will be paired with culinary accessories from the Pop Up Store to make the perfect hostess gifts.

Holiday Make & Take (Friday, December 13) Get your greens looking gorgeous at this festive DIY workshop! Choose from a selection of wreaths and swags, then embellish them with sparkling ornaments and accessories, plus a beautiful holiday bow. Workshop gift prices start at $15.

December Store Hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm
Wednesday and Friday, 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday 12 to 4 pm
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, 11 am to 3 pm
Closed Mondays and Christmas Day

Visit www.phsonline.org for more information, and click here for some gift-giving inspiration. Savor the season with PHS!

Holiday Fun This Weekend at PHS Meadowbrook Farm

We can’t wait! The PHS Meadowbrook Farm Holiday Open House is this Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 5pm at 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook, PA.

mf3Visit us for great shopping all day long! Find beautiful gifts for everyone on your list including scented and taper candles, decorative matches, cozy scarves, tabletop décor, glittering ornaments, and more. Click here for the holiday gift guide to inspire your holiday purchases.

And we don’t want you to miss out on our holiday sale! For one day only, save 10% on cut greens, garlands, wreaths, painted twigs, cut winterberries, poinsettias, and greens arrangements. PHS Members save 20 %. Not a member? Join the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on site or give the gift of a membership!

There will be plenty of fun for kids who can have a chat with Santa and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus from 10am – 2pm. Plus, enjoy a cookie-decorating craft, cookietasty s‘mores, and free cocoa throughout the day. Delicious refreshments will be available for purchase (cash only, please!) including homemade warming chicken barley soup and shitake mushroom soup.

Be sure to tour the estate home (open from 10am to 4pm) that is beautifully decorated for the holidays. Each room of the house will inspire your holiday homemaking, with an inventive use of traditional décor. Prepare to be inspired by the woodland wonderland home while learning about some of the history of the elegant estate!

Check us out online at meadowbrookfarm.org or call 215-887-5900. Click here for directions;  our hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm (we’re closed December 24 – January 1). Happy holidays!