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2012 Philadelphia Flower Show Takes Its Visitors To Hawaii


Aloha from…Philadelphia! Yes it's true!

The Philadelphia International Flower Show is back for 2012 and with it comes the wonderful waterfalls, phenomenal foliage, beautiful blooms, philadelphia flower showvisual vistas, and the feel and look of the healthiest state in the US. Welcome to…Hawaii.

Upon entering, you will be transfixed by the calming, soothing music and feel of the Wave- an undersea adventure to spirit you away to the native land of Hawaii (by Valley Forge Flowers in Wayne, PA)! Wander past a tiki hut with amazing music and dancers, as well as discover hidden oasis’ is full of enchanting blooms, creative spaces, and dynamic color. But beware…along your travels you’ll discover a trail of lava from a rupturing volcano- appease the Hawaiian gods and stay awhile..and discover that this lava flow is a ingenious use of color, lights and flowers. L

uckily, the table is set for a Hawaiian wedding to take place, and the 30 foot high waterfall creates a stunning backdrop. A tribute to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona BB-39 philadelphia flower showbrought tears to my eyes as it was beautiful and touching,

The exhibits of mini creations, pressed plants, and artwork of flowers, as well as front porches and store windows caught many an eye with their colorful creations. My favorite- as it is every year is the recreation setting of a date- This year the table was set for two, and just about anything can happen with flowers in Hawaii. Dinner for two on a surfboard, on a secluded beach, or oh no! The lava flow interrupted one couple’s dinner as they rushed to get away! This recreation was astounding- with amazing use of color, flowers and ingenuity.

Be sure to check out the specials for all during the week: Monday is LGBT Night, bridal parties will love Wedding Wednesday, and Thursday is Girls’ Night Out. Family Day on philadelphia flower showthe final Sunday will be a great way to introduce children to the world of gardening and will feature appearances by Dr. Seuss“The Lorax” in the Family Lounge. Some events require reservations, so please check theflowershow.com for details, such as the Garden Tea and Wine tasting in the Grand hall by the PA Wine & Spirits stores (complimentary, must be 21+).

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has arranged a specially priced Family Fun Pak which includes tickets for two adults and two children and a one-year membership with PHS, all for $70. Advance tickets are available online at www.theflowershow.com. Sunday, March 11 is Family Day at the Flower Show. The day will offer a range of activities and events for the little ones, including family-friendly lectures and demos, arts and crafts, and the unique experience to meet some of their favorite TV characters philadelphia flower showfrom Sprout TV and Universal Studios. Children can play games and watch videos, and parents can take a much needed rest in the Family Lounge. Children must be accompanied by adults in the Family Lounge, which is open each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And unwind in the newly created inner sanctum dubbed the “Man Cave,” on the Grand Concourse featuring guy-friendly activities, and women are welcome, too! HiFi House will create the ultimate home theater in the Man Cave, with a projection screen approaching 100 inches and the latest in digital surround sound. Screens (with theater seating) throughout the room will air Philadelphia sports and SugarHouse Casino will sponsor table games. All of the buy-in for the games will go toward the PHS City Harvest program, which provides fresh produce for families in need. The full bar in the Man Cave will offer a menu of manly beverages, including beer, wine and the special Flower Show Hawaiian-themed cocktails.

Or, arrange an early morning private tour of the show, with all kinds of perks!

In the Vendor Marketplace, hundreds of amazing items are just waiting to go home with you. Copper watering cans and flowerpots, all types of gardening implements from shears to shoes are available. Pottery, sachets, seeds, plants, patio items, jewelry, flowers, foodstuffs, Hawaiian coffee and fruits are available- try the chocolate covered macadamia nuts and chocolate sea turtles! Visitors can shop in the Show Marketplace, Flower Show Shop and Meadowbrook Farm Store. A new Green aisle in the Marketplace featured sustainable products for home and garden, in addition to the more than 180 specialty booths.

One of my favorite booths was Booth 1111, Under the Sea Pottery, with Pam and Carl Sedia. This is their first year exhibiting at the Flower Show, and so far it’s flourishing. “We’ve met so many wonderful attendees and vendors, and being here is awesome!” says Pam Sedia. I got a few pieces that will look amazing at home (dishwasher and microwave safe too!)

The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” will be presented March 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Revenues from the Flower Show benefit the year-round work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and this year will support City Harvest, the innovative program that brings together a network of urban farmers, provides green job training, and grows fresh produce for more than 1,000 families in need each week.


For information and to purchase tickets for the Flower Show, visit theflowershow.com. For behind-the-scenes stories and previews of the show, visit the Flower Show Blog, Facebook and Twitter (#flowershow) pages. Also download the Flower Show app!

“Hawaii: Islands of Aloha.” A tropical experience that blends next-stage digital technology with the natural beauty and rich culture of the islands- it is not to be missed!


 Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2299
Monday - Friday, March 5-9: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 10; 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 11; 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Photos by Christine Tarlecki

Christine Tarlecki is a P2P writer from the Phoenixville area and can be reached on twitter and FaceBook under engchik, and at engchik@comcast.net. She appreciates the Flower Show more each year thanks to her mom Kathy, who is a florist. Happy Birthday Mom!!

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