• Thursday , 18 January 2018

Philadelphia Flower Show: A Hint of Spring, Not Yet Sprung

By Cassie Hepler

Marking the end of winter each year, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show reminds the Northeast that there is a such thing as grass, flowers, plants and… Spring! Held at the end of February into the first week of March, this year’s theme was “Celebrate the Movies,” with themed displays, special events and more in celebration of the silver screen. Special events including live entertainment, demonstrations, gardening workshops, tea parties, celebrity guests and more enticed flower lovers (and haters) alike (see below).

Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, it is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show by attracting more than 260,000 visitors each year. Proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, including the City Harvest program which feeds more than 1,200 families per week during the growing season.

So if you’re like us and just want to pretend it’s Spring (complete with burning, running nose allergies), you can also help needy families. Not only that, but they have fabulous themed nights such as the Sunday night LGBT Party (with booze), Wedding Wednesday for all the soon-to-be brides to explore local wedding experts and sample champagne (i.e. get tipsy) and Girls Night Out with shopping, food, wine and demonstrations (i.e. get drunk) with a gift bag (with booze in it…?)

As a matter of fact, that brings us to the first part of the flower show – the PA Wine & Spirits booze station where for only $44.99, Dan Aykroyd was signing crystal skull vodkas and posing for cell phone grip and grins with customers.

Dan Aykroyd from Ghostbusters signs Crystal vodka skulls, smiles and shakes hands for the camera - for only $44.99!

Dan Aykroyd from Ghostbusters signs Crystal vodka skulls, smiles and shakes hands for the camera – for only $44.99!

This lady got the super smile from Dan Aykroyd with some Blues Brothers hand-knit dolls from a previous fan.

This lady got the super smile from Dan Aykroyd with some Blues Brothers hand-knit dolls from a previous fan.

Behind the Ghostbuster, a mini liquor store with sample stations for each type of alcohol was set up for Flower Show patrons to “taste” tons of liquor. We’re guessing some never even made it to the flower show however the ones that did purchased their new favorite beverage upon exiting. There was also a pop-up beer garden but who needs beer when you can just “sample” everything under the sun and back again? Apparently everyone had the same idea as it was packed – at 3 p.m. on a Friday.

Which made going into the actual flower show much more sparkly and impressive. Our favorites are part of the photo story below. See if you can guess which movie goes with some of the flower arrangements. (Not pictured, things that make you go Hmmmm?!? which there were a few head scratchers… but maybe that’s because there was so many Disney references!)

This lady loved slinging booze - and we loved tasting it.

This lady loved slinging booze – and we loved tasting it.

There's just something about honey and whiskey...

There’s just something about honey and whiskey…

And more honey.

And more honey.

Whistle Pig is some pretty tasty whiskey.

Whistle Pig is some pretty tasty whiskey.

Looking all fancy, it tasted that way too.

Looking all fancy, it tasted that way too.

Yazi is one of our new favorite drinks. It tastes a little too good on its own...

Yazi is one of our new favorite drinks. It tastes a little too good on its own…

Thanks goodness this is not a real beehive.

Thanks goodness this is not a real beehive.

Welcome to Tarzan's jungle hut!

Welcome to Tarzan’s jungle hut!

Just monkeying around.

Just monkeying around.

Did I mention we love roses?

Did I mention we love roses?

We love roses...

We love roses…

The entrance without (as they eye sees it and much more dramatic!)

The entrance without (as they eye sees it and much more dramatic!)

The entrance with flash.

The entrance with flash.

The luring smell of popcorn lingered in the air.

The luring smell of popcorn lingered in the air.

Horrible shot of the hidden dragon due to almost having to elbow our way in for a shot!

Horrible shot of the hidden dragon due to almost having to elbow our way in for a shot!

The front of the hidden dragon.

The front of the hidden dragon.

This is where hobbits live.

This is where hobbits live.

Dare to try this bridge anyone?

Dare to try this bridge anyone?

And my new favorite bed on water. One of our faves from the Flower Show.

And my new favorite bed on water. One of our faves from the Flower Show.

Grass, plants and water...

Grass, plants and water…

Grass!

Grass!

A hidden dragon.

A hidden dragon.

In case you need a huge lion to guard your doorway, they had that and more statues.

In case you need a huge lion to guard your doorway, they had that and more statues.

Antiques turned into art.

Antiques turned into art.

An antler wall clock is a perfect hunter's present.

An antler wall clock is a perfect hunter’s present.

You can buy mounted butterflies not harmed, just found which will last a lifetime - if you keep them out of the sunlight from fading.

You can buy mounted butterflies not harmed, just found which will last a lifetime – if you keep them out of the sunlight from fading.

Grow your own mushrooms also for sale.

Grow your own mushrooms also for sale.

Unique vases for sale.

Unique vases for sale.

Flower petal handbags.

Flower petal handbags.

Flower petal handbags.

Flower petal handbags.

Flower petal artwork.

Flower petal artwork.

Window displays and flower holders for city stoops.

Window displays and flower holders for city stoops.

A cute little niche to sit a spell.

A cute little niche to sit a spell.

A random move reel with champagne... sounds good to us!

A random move reel with champagne… sounds good to us!

A lone gargoyle protecting the garden.

A lone gargoyle protecting the garden.

Especially when they are make of flowers!

Especially when they are make of flowers!

Who doesn't like lingerie?

Who doesn’t like lingerie?

One of the tiny flower displays captured our hearts.

One of the tiny flower displays captured our hearts.

Details of the Frozen exhibit.

Details of the Frozen exhibit.

Details of the Frozen exhibit.

Details of the Frozen exhibit.

The Frozen exhibit had a large crowd.

The Frozen exhibit had a large crowd.

A closer look at the tableware.

A closer look at the tableware.

And eat.

And eat.

Another luxurious place to sleep...

Another luxurious place to sleep…

RIP Zero.

RIP Zero.

But you can see the beautiful flowers with the flash.

But you can see the beautiful flowers with the flash.

This spider seems scary all lit in red.

This spider seems scary all lit in red.

A peek into Tim Burton's world.

A peek into Tim Burton’s world.

Gorgeous rose pumpkins.

Gorgeous rose pumpkins.

Gorgeous rose pumpkins.

Gorgeous rose pumpkins.

An ode to Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton (with flash).

An ode to Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton (with flash).

An ode to Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton.

An ode to Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton.

No one knew what this Tim Burton creature was.

No one knew what this Tim Burton creature was.

Tim Burton's weird and wonky creatures wowed patrons.

Tim Burton’s weird and wonky creatures wowed patrons.

No one knew who Tim Burton was.

No one knew who Tim Burton was.

A close up of the Cinderella shoe display.

A close up of the Cinderella shoe display.

A close up of the Cinderella display.

A close up of the Cinderella display.

A close up of the Cinderella display.

A close up of the Cinderella display.

The Cinderella display with huge flower shoe in the middle.

The Cinderella display with huge flower shoe in the middle.

If only mops and buckets really came to life and did their own damn housework!

If only mops and buckets really came to life and did their own damn housework!

Dueling banjos anyone?

Dueling banjos anyone?

A lovely lounge that should be poolside.

A lovely lounge that should be poolside.

A ridiculous amount of roses that you almost want to climb like a tree.

A ridiculous amount of roses that you almost want to climb like a tree.

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The main screen behind the entrance showed avant garde films and of course, clips from Ghostbusters.

The main screen behind the entrance showed avant garde films and of course, clips from Ghostbusters.

This glowing star brought us back to middle of the flower show.

This glowing star brought us back to middle of the flower show.

A lovely flower dress amidst all the flowers for sale.

A lovely flower dress amidst all the flowers for sale.

Remy's restaurant display for the Ratatouille reference.

Remy’s restaurant display for the Ratatouille reference.

Mon dieu! Ratatouille in a pot!

Mon dieu! Ratatouille in a pot!

The Ratatouille display charmed children and adults alike.

The Ratatouille display charmed children and adults alike.

The Phillies Phanatic catches a ball while striking a relaxed pose.

The Phillies Phanatic catches a ball while striking a relaxed pose.

 

 

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