Exciting attractions for students at this year’s Flower Show.

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The Philadelphia Zoo will be sending colorful representatives to do demos at the Flower Show.

The Philadelphia International Flower Show (February 28-March 7) is a great study break for area college students.

In keeping with the “Passport to the World” theme there will be daily musical performances by the vibrant Brazilian troupe, Minas, who recently performed at World Café Live in University City.

There will also be classical and contemporary Indian dance led by Rujuta Vaidya, choreographer for the spectacular Slumdog Millionaire dance sequence presented at the 2009 Academy Awards.

Fun facts about the Philadelphia International Flower Show:

16
Number of internationally inspired dresses designed by fashion students from the Art Institute of Philadelphia that will début at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Thousands
Dollars saved by coming to the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show “Passport to the World” instead of traveling to international vacation spots this spring.

79,000
Number of freeze-dried flowers used to create the 28-foot-tall hot-air balloon, including 55,400 blue pansies to represent the ocean and 23,760 roses with a different color for each continent, for the Show’s Central Feature, called the Explorer’s Garden.

100+
Wines and spirits that will be available for purchase and tastings at the International Wine & Spirits Garden, operated by the PA Wine & Spirits Store, located in the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Grand Hall. For a full schedule, visit theflowershow.com.

200
Number of species of rhododendron found in China’s western Yunan Province, some of which will be part of the Williamson Free School’s “Forest and Man” exhibit.

Shopping, Food & Wine:
Shopping is a mainstay of the Flower Show, and in 2010 visitors can take home Flower Show keepsakes, herbs for cooking and decorative houseplants that are perfect for any dorm or apartment. And the World Bazaar provides exotic crafts and gifts for the well-traveled shopper.

Food at the Show is a treat that has no boundaries. This year, a Dessert and Coffee Bar is offered by Sweet Streets on the Show Bridge. In the Grand Hall, the PA Wine and Spirits Store will offer an expansive, international selection at the Wine & Spirits, including free tastings served by the vendors. DiBruno Bros. also will also serve an authentic Italian menu in the Grand Hall. There will be live culinary demonstrations each day.

Visitors can take advantage of discounts to fabulous restaurants, attractions, and retail stores during the week of the Flower Show through the Bloomin’ Fun Pass and online coupons at the www.theflowershow.com.

Sustainability and Getting Involved:
Visitors can learn how to plant vegetables and herbs, design a small-space or container garden, or find ways to be more involved in their community. Some of Philadelphia Green’s key initiatives, such as its entrepreneurial City Harvest effort, will be on display at the PHS Village. City Harvest is a partnership with various community groups and food cupboard operators dedicated to ensuring fresh produce for under-served communities and nurturing urban agriculture in the region.

Temple University will present a three-part exhibit that shows how nature has a way of reclaiming its place even in the city. Hardy plants return to a vacant lot; a city courtyard becomes a vertical, edible garden; and an urban rain garden creates a lush ecosystem.

An exhibit made by students of the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, in Media, will ask visitors to appreciate the complexity of the earth’s forest environments and find ways to make their lifestyles more earth-friendly.

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

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