The Philadelphia Flower Show is set to bloom once again at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and this year it's bringing with it what's billed as the most prestigious flower competition in the world.
The theme for 2019's iteration of the show is "Flower Power," meant to highlight the impact of flowers on people's lives. This year's show will also host the FTD World Cup, the first time the competition will be held in the U.S. since 1985.
"We want visitors to bring that feeling of wonder and inspiration back to their homes and communities to experience the power of flowers in their lives every single day," Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Chief of Show and Events Sam Lemheney said.
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Started in 1829 and hosted by the PHS, the Philadelphia Flower Show is the country's oldest horticultural event. Proceeds from the show support PHS programs and initiatives.
"We are lucky to have the Horticultural Society as our ally in creating a greener and healthier city," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said, while also highlighting the organization's "social uplifting" efforts and underscoring the Flower Show's positive effect on the local economy.
This year's event will feature a hanging meadow made up of 18,000 flowers, as well as sculptures inspired by artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
The FTD World Cup will see designers from 23 countries facing off for the top prize in floral design.
The Philadelphia Flower Show runs from Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March 10. Show times are as follows:
Saturday, March 2: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 3: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Monday - Friday, March 4 - 8: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 9: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 10: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
"We want visitors to bring that feeling of wonder and inspiration back to their homes and communities to experience the power of flowers in their lives every single day," Lemheney said.