February 9th, 2016
I have a hunch that this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show – happening March 5-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center – could be particularly fascinating.
The theme is “Explore America,” a tie-in to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which means the garden-builders will tap a library of 408 venues from Acadia to Yosemite to create their displays.
I’ve heard that one exhibitor plans a landscape showing Yellowstone Park springing back to life after a wildfire, another is building a patriotic garden with a Liberty Bell suspended over a tree-lined allee, and another is building a tropical orchid garden based on Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park.
The main entry is going to be an Old Faithful Inn look-alike with floral totem poles, native-American furnishings and huge video screens showing iconic scenes from the national parks. The sound of birds singing and buffalo herds roaring will fill the air.
Sounds impressive to me. After dealing with 3 feet of snow over our outside landscape, I’m ready to see green grass and blue flowers.
If you are, too, come along on one of the five weekday bus trips I’m leading to the 2016 show. We leave late in the morning from West Shore and East Shore locations to get there after the door-opening rush is done, then stay until 7 p.m. as the crowds thin.
I think it’s the best way to do the show – by letting the bus driver deal with the Schuylkill traffic and getting dropped off at the front door. On the way down, I give away prizes on the bus and give inside show tips to help you make the most of your day.
The cost is $85 per person, which includes your show ticket. See the trip flyer on Lowee’s Group Tours website or call Lowee’s at 717-657-965 or toll-free 888-345-6933 to reserve a seat. (The Tuesday trip is already sold out.)