Every year I look forward to attending the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Convention Center. Each year has a different theme — this year’s being Riviera Holiday. I find it fascinating how each exhibitor interprets the theme in their own unique way — yet each display is even more intricate and breathtaking than the next. Even though I wouldn’t consider myself an avid gardener or plant enthusiast, I have so much appreciation for those who make the show possible.
If you have yet to visit the Met Gala of flowers, I’ve highlighted 4 of my favorite elements from this year’s show below.
1. Canopies of Citrus
Lemon and orange citrus trees were a common site at this year’s flower show. My favorite displays were those that allowed you to walk beneath a ceiling of these trees.
2. Accessories Made From the Earth
As you approach the back of the show, there are many aisles of “judged” artwork and photography. While it may be tempting to skip these aisles for the larger exhibits, I’d highly recommend taking time to appreciate the attention to detail, skill and creativity of these submissions. My favorite this year was an accessory created using natural elements like corn husk, rice and mustard seeds.
3. Coastal Villages
A few of the displays nodded to the coastal villages of Italy and Greece. I loved the vibrant colors and layering of flowers that were used to create such magnificent exhibits.
4. The Orchids
A trip to the flower show is not complete until you stroll through the awards for best orchids. From mini orchids in tea cups to vibrant and spotted varieties, looking at these beauties never gets tiring.
Which of my highlights from the show is your favorite?