The Philadelphia Flower Show was the very first public flower show in America. Now a nearly two century-old annual tradition, the 2022 show will be held outside for the second year in a row.
The Philadelphia Flower Show – the nation’s largest and the world’s longest-running horticultural event – will once again be held outdoors in South Philadelphia’s spacious Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park (FDR Park), directly connecting attendees with one of Philadelphia’s most treasured green spaces from June 11-19, 2022. Traditionally held inside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center each March, the Flower Show moved the beautiful floral displays outside for the first time in the show’s nearly 200-year history in 2021.
The 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show will have a theme of In Full Bloom and will explore the restorative and healing properties of nature and plants. The show’s organizers hope this year’s theme further encourages good health, positive well-being, and a passion for life. Guests will walk through gardens designed to inspire them to plan for a better tomorrow.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (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.
New for 2022, children and families will be invited to explore an area called the “Kids’ Cocoon & Play Space.” The interactive outdoor experience will include a playground area – centrally located to concession stands – making it a convenient pit stop for families to refuel with some snacks before enjoying the rest of the show. Other areas of the show include the beloved Entry Garden which will greet guests with a vibrant, blooming path, the Food Bazaar which will offer guests a space to grab a bite to eat, find some shade, or enjoy live music performances, and Learning Gardens which will showcase a wide array of horticultural expertise while inspiring visitors with unexpected and new gardening ideas. The Boathouse offers guests sandwiches, salads, and snacks, along with drinks served from a covered bar. Guests can kick back and relax at The Boathouse’s lounge while taking in a beautiful view. Another elevated dining option is The Lakes. Split a local cheese plate or an Asiago dip while you decide on which soup, salad, and sandwich to get at this eatery. Make sure to leave room for dessert, too. Treat yourself to the Meyer Lemon Tart or the Four Layer Carrot Cake.
Guests will also have the opportunity to add on a unique opportunity to their Flower Show ticket. At the all-new Artisan’s Row, guests will have the chance to make their own fresh floral crowns, personalized candles, dried floral arrangements, and botanical jewelry. The elevated crafting experience will be led by talented horticultural artisans. Artisan’s Row will also include a bar and lounge. Ticket add-ons for Artisan’s Row can be purchased online.
All Flower Show attendees will also be invited to visit The American Swedish Historical Museum during Flower Show hours at no cost. The Competitive Class entries of the Flower Show will be on display inside of the museum, along with the museum’s permanent and revolving exhibits.
The Flower Show will have wheelchairs, motorized scooters, and strollers available for rent onsite. If interested, it is strongly recommended that you make your reservation in advance online. If you are planning to drive to the event, please keep in mind that parking vouchers must be purchased online. No cash will be accepted at any of the designated Flower Show parking lots. For more information, click here.
Tickets for the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show are now on sale. A variety of ticket options are available, along with several returning and new special events. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. The Flower Show is a rain or shine event. Dress appropriately.
Cover photo 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show. Photo by J. Ryan for PHLCVB.