The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has put on the annual Philadelphia International Flower Show since 1829, but never has the show been as technologically enhanced as it is this year.
A new app and some special effects will greet visitors at the 2012 show, which is titled "Hawaii: Islands of Aloha," and opened Sunday at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
The Flower Show App is available on smartphones, tablets, and any device that has Internet connectivity. It can be used to find information on exhibitors; shop the show's Marketplace; download the show's schedule of lectures, demonstrations, and performances; and vote on the design competitions at the Designer's Studio.
The show will also employ a multi-dimensional video mapping projection to create what is being described as a "multi-dimensional sensory experience."
Guests can also use their cell phones to listen to the Flower Show Cell Tour, which provides explanations and background information on the show's major exhibits. The correct numbers to call will be posted on signs around the show.