The first day of Spring and warmer weather might still be a ways away, but tickets have just gone on sale for one popular cultural event. The annual Philadelphia Flower Show will once again bloom in the City of Brotherly Love, but this year the event has a later start date and moved its floral offerings outdoors.
The local show has gained recognition around the country and the world in years past and is now officially known as the nation’s largest and the world’s longest-running horticultural event, and 2021 will be historic in terms of venue as well. In response to the ongoing pandemic, the move outdoors will allow Philadelphia Horticultural Society to present the show safely. Philadelphians who purchase tickets for their preferred date between June 5 to 13 will be able to check out the showcase at the historic Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park (FDR Park) in South Philadelphia.
According to the release, the central location, situated adjacent to the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, is accessible to major highways and mass transit. The park features natural elements and an expansive setting that also provides show designers with an exciting new layout for creative expression and horticultural displays. Visitors will experience the show through three distinct “Districts” that feature all manner of Plants, Design, and Gardening created for all skill levels.
Typically held indoors in March, those who head to this year’s Flower Show will now have the opportunity to explore 15 transformed acres of FDR Park. However, FDR’s remaining 348 acres will still have its amenities open and will be accessible to the public during the Flower Show dates. PHS is working closely with local community leaders and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation on show planning.
“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the outdoors and offer joy and beauty after a year that has been marked by so many challenges. This experience is a wonderful example of the enduring and combined power of green space, plants, and gardeners to create impact and inspiration,” said Sam Lemheney, PHS Chief of Shows and Events in a statement.
FDR Park, a registered historical district, was built to the design of Olmsted Brothers, the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and John Charles Olmsted in the early 20th century and was also an easy choice when the PFS was looking for venues. The design of walkable pathways, naturally exalted trees and views made FDR Park an organic partner aligned already with what the Flower Show is already known for.
The show has been named “Best Event” by the International Festivals and Events Association and “Best of the Best” by the American Bus Association (for the fifth consecutive year) in 2020-2021, so purchasing tickets ahead of time will help ensure entry.
A few additional things to note from the release: Attendees must reserve a date and time of visit for all tickets purchased. Tickets are limited. Early purchase is recommended. Show admission, membership, special events, tours and packages are available for purchase via the PHS website and early purchase is recommended. PHS members enjoy special entry privileges since members provide needed funds to advance PHS’s impact year-round through a variety of efforts that create health and wellness throughout the region. Membership includes a variety of ticket offers, such as ticket discounts or complimentary admission during special preview hours.
For more information on the Philadelphia Flower Show and to buy tickets, visit phsonline.org