The nearly two century-old annual tradition was the very first public flower show in America.
Traditionally held inside the massive Pennsylvania Convention Center each March, the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show – the nation’s largest and the world’s longest-running horticultural event – will move the beautiful floral displays outside for the first time in the show’s nearly 200 year history. From June 5-13, 2021, the Flower Show will be held outdoors in South Philadelphia’s spacious Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park (FDR Park), offering plenty of room for attendees and exhibitors alike to maintain adequate social distancing as Philadelphia continues to navigate recovery and reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to operating in a 15-acre, open-air setting (15% larger than last year’s footprint), this year’s show will regulate capacity by requiring all attendees to reserve a date and time to visit by purchasing tickets online in advance. Tickets are on sale now and are available in limited quantities. Early purchase is highly recommended. The show’s producer, the non-profit Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), is working closely with health officials and is adhering to CDC, state, and city guidelines in the planning of the event. Additional health and safety guidelines can be expected to be announced later this year.
The 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show will have a theme of ‘Habitat: Nature’s Masterpiece’, examining the relationship between natural landscapes like FDR Park and the flora and fauna found within them. The show will be divided into three distinct “Districts,” each with their own particular horticultural theme. The Plant District will highlight plants and plant care, while The Design District presents the show’s signature breathtaking gardens created by celebrated floral designers. In The Garden District, Flower Show attendees will expand upon their own gardening knowledge by engaging with hands-on horticultural lessons.
PHS has held the Philadelphia Flower Show since 1829. The event regularly attracts about 250,000 attendees from across the globe and raises $1 million for PHS programs that promote sustainability and advance health and well-being. The Philadelphia Flower Show won a silver Grand Pinnacle Award at the 2019 International Festival & Events Association awards in its category ($3M+), finishing second to Australia’s Destination NSW. This makes the Philadelphia Flower Show the best event in North America. Tied for third place were the Kentucky Derby Festival and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
Cover image courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.