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The Philadelphia Flower Show

June 5, 2021

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 – has moved 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), directly connecting attendees with one of Philadelphia’s most treasured green spaces.

The colorful entrance to the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show at South Philadelphia's FDR Park. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

In addition to operating in a 15-acre, open-air setting (15% larger than last year’s footprint), this year’s show will require 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.

TIP: For a convenient way to get to and from the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show, consider the Reading Terminal Market Flower by PHLASH package. The special $25 offer includes round-trip transportation between the Reading Terminal Market and FDR Park, a $10 Reading Terminal Market gift card, and a complimentary cocktail or mocktail from the RTM Garden Bar.

The theme of the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show is Habitat: Nature's Masterpiece. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

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. Don’t miss “Jeff Leatham’s Habitat”, a special installation created by world renowned floral designer Jeff Leatham in partnership with the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center — only on view June 5 and 6 at the Olmsted Pavilion at FDR Park.

The Print House at the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show showcases some of the creatives based out of former South Philadelphia technical school and current multi-use makerspace, Bok. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Special events at the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show include:

  • Early Morning Tours (June 6-13) – Take an early morning stroll around the Flower Show before the general public arrives from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Family Frolic (June 12) – Experience a full day of family-friendly activities and events, including a performance from the Pennsylvania Ballet, make-and-take crafts, a LEGO scavenger hunt, and more!
  • Flowers After Hours (June 12) – Explore the Flower Show after dark while listening to live music and enjoying a complimentary specialty cocktail. Dress in your best “Hort Couture” looks for a chance to win prizes in a costume contest.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

To learn more about the the Philadelphia Flower Show, click here. To purchase tickets, click here. To view special Flower Show hotel packages, click here.

A creative kangaroo floral display at the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

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.

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