On view February 28-March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Philadelphia Flower Show is banking on a box-office hit of its own with the movie-themed "Lights, Camera, Bloom."
The Philadelphia Flower Show dazzles with 500 exhibits celebrating the magic of the movies—a magic Philadelphia has done much to help create.
1. It's Like Spring Came Early The weather outside may be cold and blustery, but inside the Convention Center, the skies are blue. The heady scent of roses, lilies, and hyacinths wafts about. Once again, more than a quarter of a million visitors from around the globe will fall under the spell of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Flower Show.
2. You'll Make Quite An Entrance Continuing its break from destination themes, this year the world’s largest indoor flower show celebrates movie magic with “Lights, Camera, Bloom.” Setting the stage is the show-stopping entrance garden, which will feature neon lights, sky tracking beams, and a red carpet, says PHS designer Sam Lemheney. “It features evergreens and palm trees surrounding a giant projection screen that showcases a montage of filmdom’s greatest landscapes, from The Sound of Music to Avatar to movies shot in and around Philly.”
3. Step Into the Woods Further inside the Convention Center, the show’s two dozen or so major exhibits compete to interpret this year’s theme, drawing from the oeuvre of show partner Walt Disney and Disney-Pixar. Award-winning landscape designer Michael Petrie created a dark and dramatic display inspired by the new live-action film Into the Woods, while another local gardening star, Mark Cook, has created cannons out of planters with flowers “flashing” from muzzles as part of his "Pirates of the Caribbean" exhibit.
4. The Show is Going to the Dogs—And We're Okay With That The Flower Show returns with some 500 horticultural exhibits dedicated to everything from the art of pressed flowers to window boxes to bonsai. Plus, this year, a few new competitive categories are part of the mix, including doghouses (tied to famous canine stars), patios, and table settings for larger dinner parties.
5. The Food Also new for 2015, promises Lemheney, is a beefed-up food program. PHS will serve its new hard cider and other refreshments in a movie studio backlot-themed pop-up garden, along with a “Old Hollywood”-inspired Italian restaurant, courtesy of Di Bruno Bros., and a Western-style saloon from Aramark. 1101 Arch St., 215-418-4700