Oct 3, 2022 - News

Organizers have bold plans for the 2023 Philadelphia Flower Show

A woman snaps a photo of a floral display at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

A woman snaps a photo of a display at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Think Monet meets Netflix's "The Big Flower Fight," and you'll have a taste of what to expect at next year's Philadelphia Flower Show, which event organizers are building up as possibly the "best show yet."

Driving the news: Tickets go on sale today for the 2023 show, running March 4-12, at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The Flower Show is returning to its old digs after spending two years outdoors at South Philly's Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park.

What to expect: This year's theme is "The Garden Electric," which is expected to attract thousands of people, it was announced Friday.

  • Expect to see "crazy juxtapositions" of floral arrangements, such as orchids paired with tulips and a nice mix of salvias, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society design director Seth Pearsoll told Axios.
  • "It's gonna be vivacious and bold and eccentric," he said. "A lot of rich, saturated colors, lots of textures. Really over the top [stuff], tasteful, not gaudy over the top."

Flashback: Last year's event was staged at FDR Park, under the theme "In Full Bloom," a nod to people who turned to horticulture for comfort during the COVID pandemic.

  • It was about bringing "restorative cheer" to the public that endured isolation and lockdowns, while the upcoming theme is decisively more upbeat, Pearsoll said.

The intrigue: Each year, the show relies on a mix of local and out-of-state vendors who haul in flowers by the thousands, some from as far away as Colombia, Pearsoll explained.

  • The setup can be madness in the days leading up to the show, but it always comes together, he said.
  • "All of a sudden, somehow it's done. Some type of magic has taken place and you don't know how all this stuff can take place in this setting."
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