A specially priced Family Fun Pak includes tickets for two adults and two children and a one-year membership in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, all for $70. Individual tickets for adults are $25 Advance and $30 at the door, children (ages 2-16) are $15, and tickets for students (ages 17-24) are $20. Advance tickets are available online at www.theflowershow.com.
This year’s presentation, “Springtime in Paris,” on March 6 to 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will feature special Family Nights on Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, which include French-themed activities and educational experiences for the kids.
The entire family will also be amazed by the illuminated Eiffel Tower that greets visitors at the entrance of the Flower Show. The fantastic display includes animal topiaries rising out of the Parisian gardens and landscapes. A peacock, unicorn, lion, ostrich, dolphin, butterfly and other flower-covered creatures lead to the Carousel Stage, where cabaret singers and dancers perform each day and night.
Additionally, children will marvel at French street scenes, toy sailboats on the Show’s tranquil pond, a lighthearted “Tour de France” race, and an underground journey through the Parisian catacombs. Interactive gardening lessons in the PHS Greensource exhibit will teach children about growing vegetables and creating their own gardens at home. And they can admire the work of their peers in exhibits by area high schools and in the many entries by young people in the Horticourt.
When it’s time to let off some steam, or take a needed nap, the Family Lounge in Room 203 is conveniently situated just outside the exhibition halls. Everyone can play games, watch videos, or rest a while in this area. Children must be accompanied by adults in the Family Lounge, which is open each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Flower Show Week culminates with Girl Scout Day, on Sunday, March 13. All Girl Scouts who have completed the new PHS environmental patch program, “Planting Seeds, Growing Lives,” will be honored in special ceremonies at the Show.
The 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show benefits PHS and is presented by PNC. PHS has 17,000 members throughout the country, offers hundreds of educational programs year-round, and is considered the nation’s leading authority on transforming communities through greening.
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