Phlower Power: the Philadelphia Flower Show presents
By biconews On 29 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Nicole Foulke

Each year, top horticulturalists from around the world gather to fill 10 acres of the Pennsylvania Convention Center with all sorts of imaginative botanical designs, exotic plants and new breeds of more familiar ones.

Visitors to the Philadelphia Flower Show have the chance to witness interpretive meldings of nature and art, as well as take afternoon tea, play with the latest horticultural gizmos, attend lectures and demonstrations and browse the wares of the 130 plus vendors at the Show.

In honor of the year 2000. this Show’s theme is “Gardens for the New Millenium.” It will be held Sunday, Mar. 5 through Sunday, Mar. 12.

The Show is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1829. It is the world’s largest indoor flower show and the oldest one in the nation. Its proceeds help benefit Philadelphia Green, a horticultural community outreach program that aids in urban gardening and landscaping; last year, over one million dollars were raised.

This March, “Gardens of the New Millenium” will portray a vision of Philadelphia in the year 2100: “a space age city of monorails, solar panels, windmills and electronic communication will be connected to the planet with backyard organic gardens, recycled construction, grape arbors and bordering bucolic meadows.”

Futuristic elements will be combined with Victoriana, lily ponds, working timepieces constructed of cacti, tropical orchid settings and the “hottest new roses,” among other elements.

Included is a marketplace where vendors hawk such things as Bonsai, gardening clothes, topiaries and flowers, and Barnes & Noble will be selling related books. The workshops and demonstrations cover everything from Ikebana (a Japanese art of flower arranging) to cooking with Francello Morterello of Brasserie Perrier.

Many of Philadelphia’s restaurants, museums, shops, hotels and theaters are participating innthe Flower Show Week festivities, during which they will offer discounts and specials. A Bloomin’ Fun Pass is needed visit the Show’s website to obtain one.

The Convention center is located at 12th and Arch Streets. Tickets are $18 on weekends and $16 weekdays. Advance tickets may be purchased for $15.50 and are good any day. The best viewing hours are weekdays from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information on tickets and Flower Show events, go to

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