Ali Lawrence has been gardening since she was five. She was born and raised in Alaska but now resides in Pennsylvania where her family grows a large garden every year. Her passions include writing haikus and finding new ways to use her essential oils! Read more articles from Ali at and connect with her on Pinterest.


Inside Look at Philadelphia Flower Show 2017
by Ali Lawrence - posted 03/08/17

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I'm bursting with excitement for this weekend's trip to Philadelphia to see the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show. This year's theme is Holland: Flowering the World which will transport you into the Netherlands.

You join my tour of the flower show on SnapChat or Instagram. Be sure to follow me by this Saturday morning on March 11th so you don't miss the live video and photos. I'll also be posting a follow-up article here on Pennsylvania Gardener Magazine next week. 

For those interested in experiencing the magic in person, you can buy tickets here for the Philadelphia Flower Show. The show runs from Friday, March 10th to Sunday, March 19th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

There are three international designers at the flower show:

1) Bart Hoes with his style of growing edibles in combination with perennials and bulbs. 
2) Nico Wissing who designed the Ecodome at this year's show that will feature sustainable Dutch practices.
3) Carrie Preston who has recreated a classic Dutch "stinze" garden.

You will also want to check out The Hamilton Horticourt where you can view succulents, orchids, bulbs and variety of other plants that will be judged. At the back of B Hall, you can join the Gardener's Studio to listen to presentations covering topics from bees to bulbs. To see what young gardeners have in mind, check out the Educational Exhibit.

In addition, the Philadelphia Flower Show offers several unique experiences for all ages:

1) Teddy Bear Tea: Bring your child to the this adorable tea party on March 19th starting at 11:30am. There will be petite food and children's entertainment. (Separate ticket is required and must be purchased online.)
2) Garden Tea: A peaceful and delicious way to spend an afternoon. The Garden Tea is already sold out but availability might change so visit them at the flower show to double check. Two times are available daily.
3) Garden Spa: A new addition this year! Take a break from walking and enjoy healthy concoctions, facials, and massages. Offerings differ each day so check their site for details. (Separate ticket is required and may be purchased at the show or online.)
4) Make and Take: Great for kids and adults, choose to make a flower crown, miniature bulb or succulent garden. (Separate ticket is required and may be purchased at the show or online.)
5) Early Morning Tours: These VIP experiences are available from March 13-17. (Tickets should be purchased online ahead of time as this sells out quickly.)
6) Butterflies Live: California's SkyRiver Butterflies created this interactive exhibit for all ages. Visitors will learn about butterflies, pollination and native plants that attract butterflies.
 (Separate ticket is required and may be purchased at the show or online.)
7) Flowers After Hours: Join the Philadelphia night life at the flower show through the I Love the 90s event Saturday, March 11 at 9:30pm. Purchase tickets here.

You can feel good about purchasing tickets at the Philadelphia Flower Show since the proceeds go to benefit the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.




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