Photos courtesy of Hudson Nichols Photography
Lights, Camera, BLOOM!
The silver screen will burst into living color at the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Celebrate the Movies,” from February 28th to March 8th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Honored with the 2014 Grand Pinnacle Gold award as the world’s top event by the International Festivals & Events Association, the Flower Show will reach new heights in 2015. Every guest will feel like a star, and every garden a magical setting, as the world’s great floral and landscape designers capture the beauty and spirit of the world’s great cinema!
This year, the Philadelphia Flower Show will be rolling out the red carpet as floral and garden designers use Disney and Disney•Pixar films as inspiration for their exhibits.
Guests will experience the magic as they walk through floral displays highlighting their favorite movies, from “Cars” to “Frozen” and “Maleficent” to the new live-action film “Cinderella.” Visitors will enjoy a “reel to real” experience as each of the major displays entertain and demonstrate how guests can take movie-inspired ideas from the show and use smart-gardening tips in their own homes and garden. The Flower Show Entrance Garden will create the dazzling excitement of a movie premiere. Guests will enter through an Art Deco theater facade topped with a marquee of flowers and lights in blazing neon colors. The garden will recall the fantastic interiors of the 1920s movie palaces, with columns of juniper and palm trees; grand chandeliers dripping with blossoms, moss, jewels and fabrics; sweeps of bright green hostas; hundreds of elegant calla lilies; and a centerpiece made of thousands of roses “named” for movie superstars.
The Entrance Garden will also feature a 36-by-16-foot screen that will show the winning entries in the Flower Show short-film competition, “What Is Beauty?” The concept of beauty is defined in many ways, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, has asked professional and student filmmakers to submit their visions in 3- to 5-minute clips. Down a central aisle on the show floor will be the “Horticultural Walk of Fame,” modeled after the tributes along Hollywood Boulevard but featuring the historic milestones and celebrities of the gardening world.
Dining at the show will include themed restaurants that transport guests to the Land of Oz, the Old West, and the malt shop. DiBruno Brothers’ gourmet offerings will have a “Godfather” movie flavor, and Termini Brothers’ Bakery will offer a nostalgic 1950s atmosphere. Fine Wine & Good Spirits will return with free tastings and a shop to purchase new discoveries.
Among the special guests at the 2015 Flower Show will be film and television star Dan Aykroyd, who will sign bottles of his additive-free Crystal Head Vodka on March 6. Ethan Wayne, son of John Wayne, will sign bottles of Duke Bourbon on Feb. 28 and present a display of memorabilia of the Academy Award-winning actor. The Flower Show after dark will include special theme nights, including the LGBT Party, Wedding Wednesday (with an encore of the Greatest Groom Contest), Girls’ Night Out, and the new Fido Friday—all wonderful ways to experience the Flower Show and the special events that run all week long.
Tickets for the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show are now available online at theflowershow.com.