The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show Theme - Springtime in Paris
The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show will be attended by 250,000 people, and is one of the most popular annual events in Philadelphia. While this page is still under construction, we’ll be constantly adding more material to it, as March 2011 approaches…
If you're primarily interested in the logistics of taking SEPTA and/or Amtrak, take a look at our Travel Guide to the Philadelphia Flower Show.
The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show - The Opportunity To Experience "Springtime in Paris”
For one unforgettable week, the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be magically transformed into Paris, France - La Ville de Lumieres- the City of Light. While you may not think it possible that a convention center can make you believe that you’re in Europe - it really can happen. Each year, the talented illusionists of the Philadelphia Flower Show, do in fact provide such a remarkable experience for the quarter million visitors to pour through the gates of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. And the illusions are more compelling, entertaining and astonishing with each successive March that arrives in Philadelphia.
Previous themes have been Ireland, Italy, the Nations of the World, and this year it happens to be France- "Springtime in Paris" - in this most beautiful season, in the most beautiful city in France. So prepare to be dazzled.
Among the many entertainments, that you will experience:
Underground Paris, a re-creation of the catacombs that undergird the French capital;
Artists’ Paris, evoking the memory of the many legendary French painters;
Romantic Paris, as there is, of course, nothing more romantic than "Springtime in Paris";
Timeless Paris, which re-creates the legendary cafés that nourish so many hearts and minds;
Gourmet Paris, which evokes the legendary secrets of French cuisine;
Opulent Paris, which is imbued with the spirit of the Victorian city, known affectionately as La Belle Epoque to the French.
And that's just a small part of what you'll experience. It is the largest indoor flower show in the world, comprising no fewer than 33 acres. It's well worth experiencing, even if you have no particular interest in gardening or botany- you don't need to be interested in those topics, to enjoy the Philadelphia Flower Show.
Attending the Philadelphia Flower Show - Some Advice, Based on Firsthand Experience
Try to Go Off Peak- But Ironically, It's More Crowded During the Day.
Naturally, with most exhibits, museums, and the like, it is less crowded during weekdays than weeknights. However, that is not the case, with the Philadelphia Flower Show. Because there are so many senior groups and chartered tours, it is actually more crowded on weekdays, than at night.
What happens, for the most part, is that the senior citizens grow tired, and the group tours head home at a certain point – usually in the late afternoon, early evening on weekdays. Hence, that's the best time to go.
Note, though, that going on a weekend is even more crowded, than going on weekdays. If all possible, try to avoid going on the weekend. The optimal time to go is late in the afternoon or during the early evening.
You Should Be Prepared For a Long Day on Your Feet- Dress Accordingly.
Due to the sheer vastness of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, you will be doing a lot of walking. This isn't so bad because every Philadelphia Flower Show brings a great deal of things to enjoy, as it's transformed with a different theme each year.
That having been said, there are relatively few places to sit. And it's can take you a long time to explore everything. So dress accordingly – wear comfortable clothes, and comfortable shoes and prepare for a long day and evening - you will stay longer than you think you will. (The first time we went, we weren't sure what it would be like, but you'll undoubtedly have a good time, regardless of the theme.)
Strongly Consider Taking SEPTA Regional Rail to the Philadelphia Flower Show.
SEPTA Regional Rail offers easy, inexpensive and convenient service to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Just get off at Market East Station, which is located at 11th and Market Streets, just one block from the Philadelphia Flower Show. You won't even need to go outside. When you disembark from your Regional Rail train, you go up the escalator, and follow signs directing you to the Philadelphia Marriott and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Just follow the signs, all the way to the Philadelphia Flower Show.
2011 Philadelphia Flower Show – Dates and Hours
The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show will take place on the following dates:
Saturday, March 5, 2011 – Members’ Preview – noon to 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 6, 2011 – 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Monday, March 7, 2011 – 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 – 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Thursday, March 10, 2011 – 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Friday, March 11, 2011 – 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, March 12, 2011 – 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, March 13, 2011 – 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
2011 Philadelphia Flower Show – Ticket Prices
The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show has some complex ticket regulations, so we’ve assembled them here.
The easiest way is to purchase online. If you do so, these are the prices:
Online Ticket Pricing
Adult - $25
Student - $20
Child - $15
At the Box Office at the Pennsylvania Convention Center – The Pricing Is More Complicated
If you buy the tickets at the Pennsylvania Convention Center box office, the prices shift depending on what day(s) you plan to attend.
If you are buying a student ticket, or a child’s ticket, at the Box Office, the price is $20 for a student, $15 for a child, regardless of what day(s) you wish to attend.
But For Adults, The Prices For Box Office Tickets Fluctuate
For an adult, who wants to buy a ticket for Opening Day to the public (which is, to say, Sunday, March 6) – the price is $30.
For an adult, who wants to buy a ticket to any of the weekday sessions (which is to say, starting on Monday, March 7, through Friday, March 11) – the price is $26.
For an adult, who wants to buy a ticket for either day of Closing Weekend (that is, either Saturday, March 12, or Sunday, March 13) – the price is $28.
2011 Philadelphia Flower Show - Promotions by Day
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Members Preview - noon to 3:30 PM
If you'd like a sneak peek at the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show before the hordes descend on the Pennsylvania Convention Center, you can join the PHS and beat the crowds, as members have an exclusive 3½ hour window on that afternoon.
Flower Show Preview Party – Black Tie Gala - 6 PM - Proceeds benefit Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
This event is open not only to PHS members, but also to the general public. While expensive, the proceeds benefit the PHS and its endeavors, such as urban greening programs.
You can try just cocktails, which carries a lower price tag- these tickets start at $125. Or, you can opt for the whole cocktails and dinner option, which is more expensive - tickets start at $350.
If you opt for cocktails and dinner, your dinner will consist of a first course, a chicken entrée, and vanilla crème brûlée for dessert- with all the courses, naturally, having a French theme. If you're interested, you can call 215.988.8830 for more information.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Young Professionals Night - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Loews Hotel SoleFood Restaurant, across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center
The Young Friends of the PHS will be sponsoring this happy hour for younger folk interested in the flower show. For $50,, you'll receive not only a ticket to the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show, but hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, at the upscale Loews Hotel SoleFood restaurant, which is at 12th and Market Streets, just across the street from the Flower Show.
Happy Hour At the Flower Show
All ticket holders can sample free wine and spirits until 7 PM in the Great Hall. The cash bars will be open also, featuring the special "Springtime in Paris" cocktail. You can also use your Flower Show ticket for discounts at participating restaurants.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Girls’ Night Out - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - $40
Thursday night is Girls Night Out, with a variety of restaurants, boutiques, spas and the like tailoring the evening for groups of females, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This particular $40 ticket package consists of a ticket, a special wristband providing VIP access to a designated area in the Grand Concourse Hall, and a gift bag, as well as plenty of samples from sponsors.
Friday, March 11- Saturday, March 12, 2011
Family Nights On Both Friday and Saturday
You can purchase a Family Fun Pack for $70, which provides two adult tickets and two children’s tickets. There will be children's activities and live performances, tailored to them.
2011 Philadelphia Flower Show Hotel Packages
The following hotels are extremely convenient to the Pennsylvania Convention Center - you can call 1.888.222.1736 to make reservations for the following Flower Show packages.
Extremely Convenient Hotels, Located Within Three Blocks of the Philadelphia Flower Show
Philadelphia Marriott – 1201 Market St. (12th and Market Streets) – $298 Weekday, $228 Weekend Per Night
The Philadelphia Marriott is literally attached to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and you won't even need to go outside. This includes two single day tickets per person and continental breakfast for two.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel – 1200 Market St. (12th and Market Streets) – $248 Per Night
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located directly across the street, and is virtually as convenient as the Marriott. It also includes two single day tickets per person Continental breakfast for two.
Hampton Inn Center City Philadelphia – 1301 Race St. (13th and Race Streets) – $199 Per Night
The Hampton Inn Center City Philadelphia is located directly behind the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and also throws in two single day tickets and complimentary breakfast for two.
Residence Inn By Marriott Center City –1 E. Penn Sq. (13th and Market Streets) –$284 Weekday, $184 Weekend, Per Night
The second Marriott property is only two blocks from the Philadelphia Flower Show. It also includes two single day Flower Show tickets for two people and complimentary breakfast for two.
Courtyard By Marriott Downtown – 21 N. Juniper St. (13th and Market Streets) –$284 Weekday, $184 Weekend, Per Night
The Courtyard by Marriott offers an identical deal to the Residence Inn.
Holiday Inn Express Midtown – 1305 Walnut St. (13th and Walnut Streets) – $198 Per Night
Located just three blocks from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Holiday Inn Express Midtown provides two single day Flower Show tickets for two people, as well as a free deluxe breakfast bar for two people and free passes for a nearby Bally’s Fitness Center.
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