New Details on “Passport to the World”


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Complementing the new name is the theme of the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Passport to the World.” Visitors to the Show, to be held February 28 to March 7, will embark on an exotic journey to dozens of destinations around the globe.

An Explorer’s Garden will welcome guests as they enter the Show. The display will be filled with plants discovered in all corners of the globe by expeditions conducted by early adventurers from PHS, Longwood Gardens Inc., the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Botanic Gardens, and the four-year Wilkes Expedition. Plants introduced for the first time to America at the early Flower Shows will also be featured in this extraordinary, first-ever exhibit.

The first in a series of massive Showcase Gardens will transport visitors to India amid an Indian wedding scene, with a towering floral elephant, presented by Jamie Rothstein Distinctive Floral Design.

The Netherlands will be portrayed by Robertson’s Flowers in a Dutch street scene and shop filled with more than 100,000 bulbs abloom.

The natural wonders of South Africa will be interpreted by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in flowers that depict the vivid colors and patterns found in the tribal clothing of the Zulu.

Burke Brothers Landscape Contractors will take visitors into the Amazon jungle of Brazil, an otherworldly canopy of sparkling waterfalls and tropical flora, and featuring exotic birds of the Philadelphia Zoo.

Singapore, the “Pearl of Asia,” will be presented by Waldor Orchids in a luminescent tribute to the orchid and displays inspired by that nation’s botanical gardens.

The rugged beauty of New Zealand will be captured by Stoney Bank Nurseries in an exhibit that depicts the flora and traditions of the native Maori.

Other exhibitors will celebrate the landscapes and plants of China, Japan, Thailand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and the Caribbean, and provide an artful interpretation of the northern polar region’s Aurora Borealis.

With the new name, the Show remains rooted in the region’s horticultural community and will feature thousands of plant and floral design entries of local enthusiasts in hundreds of competitive categories, including international party dresses created by fashion students at the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Visitors will want to plan in advance to attend any of the more than 150 gardening presentations held throughout the week, as well as dozens of educational displays that explore the most popular new trends for home gardeners.

A bustling Marketplace will offer an array of take-home products to get the garden started. A complete schedule of presentations and attractions will be available online at

The worldly nature of the Show will come full circle with daily performances in the Exhibition Hall that include African singers, Bollywood dancers, and a special Samba Saturday on March 6. Visitors will also stroll through a World Bazaar of decorative shops and an International Dessert and Coffee Bar on the Show Bridge, and an International Wine and Spirits Garden with free tastings presented by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in the Show’s Grand Hall.

Admission: Individual tickets are non-refundable.

Advance Purchase Tickets (can be printed out and customized for gifts):

Adults any day – $23

Students (ages 17-24) any day – $18 (must have valid student ID; proof of age)

Children (ages 2-16) any day – $13 

Family Fun Paks are available for $65 (savings of $7 off advance admission), and include two adult and two child tickets plus a complimentary one-year membership in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Group Tickets (minimum purchase of 25 adult tickets) are available for $22 each. Groups may purchase tickets by completing an order form at or by calling 215-988-8839.

Private Tours of the Show (before public hours) will be held Monday to Friday, March 2 to 6. Individuals and groups can make reservations by contacting PHS at 215-988-8775,, or

The Early Morning Tour package includes one additional general admission ticket, guided tour, celebrity flower arranging presentation, and one-day Shopper’s Delight card good for 10 percent off purchases in the Flower Show Shoppe. Price pp $105. (PHS members receive a special $85 rate.)

For more info about the Show and PHS, please visit here or call 215-988-8899.

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One Response to “New Details on “Passport to the World””

  1. raymond Says:

    wow nice

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