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Just a Bunch of Reasons to go to the Philadelphia Flower Show this year

Known as the Nation’s Flower Show, this year’s presentation will take place March 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. As you guys should know by now that the theme this year is “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha”. It will introduce a tropical experience that blends next-stage digital technology with the natural beauty and rich culture of the islands, and so much more.

With one of Philadelphia’s biggest events about 2 weeks away I wanted to share with you a few, a bunch of reasons why you shouldn’t miss The Philadelphia Flower Show this year. There’s just about something for everyone! From a Girls Night Out, Family Days to Man Caves. Bring the whole family, double date or group of friends. There’s Hawaiian fun to be had!

Breathtaking Exhibits
Guests will enter the 2012 Flower Show beneath dynamic projections of crashing waves and one of the largest and most exciting displays of white orchids and anthiriums ever assembled. Towering palms, bamboo, green walls, and a tropical plant canopy will immerse visitors in the Hawaiian rainforest. A 25-foot-high waterfall will splash down into Pele’s Garden, an island of exotic flowers and plants where performers will conjure volcanic flames and the Fire Goddess. Waldor Orchids will bring decades of floral expertise to the creation of Pele’s Garden.

Family Days
The Flower Show has always been focused on families, but this year the activities are bigger and better than ever! In conjunction with Universal Studio’s 2012 release of “The Lorax,” PHS has arranged special activities for kids to enjoy, including a meet & greet with The Lorax himself! Say hello and snap a picture with the tree-loving creature when he is at the show on Sundays, March 4 and March 11 from 2-5pm. Also on those Sundays at 2pm in the Family Lounge – sponsored by Einstein Healthcare Network – children will enjoy an exclusive reading of “The Lorax” by two very special guests; WXPN Kids’ Corner host Kathy O’Connell on March 4 and Lisa Nutter, wife of the Mayor on March 11.

PHS Family Fun Pak
$70 each online / $75 at the box office
Includes 2 Adult and 2 Children (ages 2-16) General Admission tickets to the Flower Show and a FREE one-year PHS Family Associate Membership. Tickets may be used anytime during public hours and are not valid for the Members’ Preview on Sat., March 3.

Girls Night Out
Grab the girls and let loose on Thursday, March 8 as Philadelphia Style magazine and the Flower Show present the second annual “Girls Night Out” event. A special evening tailored just for the ladies, featuring exclusive food & wine tastings, health & beauty samplings and tutorials, shopping, raffles, and more from Philadelphia’s most coveted brands and retailers including 611 Lifestyle, Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center, Hotel Palomar, Charcoal BYOB, Square 1682 and more.

The Man Cave
Everyone needs a place to go to unwind, decompress, and chill out – even at the Philadelphia International Flower Show. This year, that haven will be the “Man Cave,” an inner sanctum (Room 204B) on the Grand Concourse of the Pennsylvania Convention Center featuring great, guy-friendly activities. (Women will be welcome, too.) HiFi House will create the ultimate home theater in the Man Cave, with a projection screen approaching 100 inches and the latest in digital surround sound. Screens throughout the room will air Philadelphia Flyers and Sixers games and a roster of NCAA Conference Tournament matches. Theater seating will be provided for visitors.

SugarHouse Casino will sponsor table games — poker and blackjack with professional dealers – in the Man Cave. All of the buy-in for the games will go toward the PHS City Harvest program, which provides fresh produce for families in need. Players also will be eligible for very special prizes. In addition, golfers will be able to improve their stroke in virtual competitions courtesy of the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” video game. The full bar in the Man Cave will offer a menu of manly beverages, including beer, wine and the special Flower Show Hawaiian-themed cocktails.

VIP Experiences
On Friday, March 9, visitors will get to meet the latest member of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Melissa Gorga. Melissa recently partnered with Voli Lyte Vodka, the first line of low calorie flavored vodkas, as their reality ambassador. Melissa will be signing bottles from 5 – 7 pm in the Grand Hall. No special ticket or pass required.

On Saturday, March 10, PA Wine & Spirits Stores will present a very special opportunity for Flower Show visitors to meet and greet entrepreneur and television personality Bethenny Frankel! The celebrated natural food chef, creator of Skinnygirl cocktails, and The New York Times best-selling author will be signing bottles from her Skinnygirl line of products. Frankel, a noted “health foodie” and attendee of the National Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, focuses on sharing her knowledge and passion for healthy living. Her Skinnygirl Cocktails are currently one of the fastest growing spirits brands in the world.

Time and location TBD.

LGBT Night
The 2012 Flower Show invites the LGBT community for an evening of networking at its second annual LGBT Night on Monday, March 5. Presented by G Philly, guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails and food samplings, kicked-off by a special introduction from PHS President Drew Becher in an exclusive VIP area. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet and greet with Phillip Watson, QVC Garden Expert and Author of Pleasure Gardens; his debut book featuring more than 350 photos of gorgeous garden designs taken by Phillip himself.

To find out more Philadelphia Flower Show Attractions please visit http://www.theflowershow.com/Attractions/index.html

Flower Show Hours:
Sunday, March 4; 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
Monday – Friday, March 5-9: 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 10; 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 11; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

For information and to purchase tickets for the Flower Show, visit theflowershow.com

FYI – The most affordable parking near the Pennsylvania Convention Center is at the Gallery. (44 N. 10th Street ~ between Arch & Filbert Sts. on 10th Street)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: This post is brought to you with support of the Philadelphia International Flower show. Find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @PhilaFlowerShow

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