It should be of no surprise that that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) announced today it will completely reimagine its Philadelphia Flower Show to allow for a new, safe experience in a historic Philadelphia park that will provide all of the beauty and horticultural inspiration that guests have experienced for more than 192 years and so much more. As daily cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, I am glad that PHS has pivoted to avoid having to cancel this beautiful Philadelphia event.
The Philadelphia Flower Show will take place June 5 – 13, 2021 at the historic Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park (FDR Park) in South Philadelphia, taking advantage of the park’s inspiring natural beauty and expansive central location adjacent to South Philadelphia’s Sports Complex area.
The Flower Show’s move to an outdoor venue, the first time in its history, will allow for new creative expression and horticultural displays as well as social distancing and the health benefits of being outside.
This departure from the Show’s typical late winter timing is in response to the pandemic. PHS has been working closely with event experts and city officials to plan for a safe environment that will include timed and date specific ticketing that limits attendance at any given time and allows for social distancing and other safety precautions.
“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the outdoors and offer joy and beauty after a year that has been marked by so many challenges. This experience is a wonderful example of the enduring and combined power of green space, plants, and gardeners to create impact and inspiration,” said Sam Lemheney, PHS Chief of Shows & Events.
The expanded Show will cover 15 acres allowing for a spectacular presentation of the nation’s most looked-to gardening and floral attraction. This new format will introduce many exciting new features while continuing to include cherished elements of traditional Philadelphia Flower Shows. The Show raises funds to support health and wellbeing through PHS programs, such as those that bolster food security and tree canopy in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic throughout the region.
The early June dates at the height of the growing season provide a multitude of opportunities for gardeners to get inspired and get growing after their Show visit. Visitors will have an entirely new themed experience that will take place within three distinct “Districts” that feature all manner of Plants, Design and Gardening and created for all skill levels.
Throughout the event, impressive landscapes and architecture abound. FDR Park, a registered historical district was built to the design of Olmsted Brothers, the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and John Charles Olmsted in the early 20th century. With walkable pathways, majestic trees and breathtaking views, FDR Park is an inspiring venue that contributes to the splendor that the Flower Show is known for while also being accessible by mass transit and car.
Public safety is a critical component for the upcoming Show and adherence to recommendations from the CDC and City/State health officials is paramount to Show planning. Timed and dated entry as well as cleaning and social distancing guidelines are part of the early plans. PHS will continue to work closely with health officials leading up to the Show with updated guidance available at PHSonline.org.
For more details regarding the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show, please visit: PHSonline.org.
Tickets go on sale in January and early purchase is recommended: PHSonline.org
PHS members may choose from a variety of special ticketing offers. Membership includes a contribution to PHS regionwide greening efforts as well as year-round benefits of interest to gardeners of all skill levels. To become a PHS member or to purchase membership as a gift, visit: PHSonline.org/support-phs/membership
Show Dates and Hours:
Attendees must reserve a date and time of visit for all tickets purchased. Tickets are limited. Advance purchase strongly recommended.
Saturday, June 5: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- AM Entry: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- PM Entry: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 6 – Sunday, June 13: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- AM Entry: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- PM Entry: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Entry is prohibited within 30 minutes of Show closing each day.