The 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service and our country’s majestic natural landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture.
PHS welcomes you to the Flower Show, an amazing world of great gardening and design that dates back to 1829. This event is special for so many reasons and number one on the list is that it takes place at a time of year when we crave color and beauty from our gardens. The Flower Show offers this and so much more.
The 2016 Flower Show theme “Explore America” will take visitors through acres of displays inspired by iconic parks like Acadia and Cape Cod, Valley Forge and Shenandoah, Yellowstone, Yosemite and many other parks and historic sites and created by the nation’s premier floral and garden designers.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the National Park Service are natural partners, sharing a common mission to protect and care for natural resources and preserve green spaces. Through “Explore America,” PHS and the Park Service are engaging those who know and love the parks, and inviting a new generation to discover the special places that belong to us all.
“The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is honored that the Philadelphia Flower Show has been chosen by the National Park Service as a centennial event marking this amazing milestone. This is a wonderful partnership, and ‘Explore America’ will be an extraordinary show.”
- Sam Lemheney, PHS Chief of Shows & Events
Guests can choose their own trail through the beautiful displays and learn about the natural, historical and cultural beauty of our parks. They will marvel at the Flower Show’s new Railway Garden, a vast display of large-scale model locomotives and railcars rumbling through a miniaturized National Parks landscape. Guests can take The Butterfly Experience, a rare opportunity to interact with domestic and exotic varieties and create a Flower Show keepsake or terrarium in the Make & Take Studio.
“Base Camp” in the Grand Hall (adjacent to the Exhibition Hall), features an indoor playground of attractions, shopping and dining - including climbing walls, live music, and wine tastings. A popular Pop Up Beer Garden with lots of seating will invite guests to refresh between explorations of the Flower Show.
The Flower Show offers innovative ideas for outdoor spaces inspired by diverse American regions, home decorating concepts borrowed from historic settings, and other creative tips guests can bring to their own home and garden.
About the National Park Service
“The National Park Service and PHS share a commitment to introduce new generations to the beauty of nature, to be good stewards of our environment, to honor the contributions of individuals to our history, and to build vibrant communities.”
- Cynthia MacLeod, Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park.
Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. The centennial will kick off a second century of the National Park Service’s stewardship of America's 408 national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. The National Park Service invites a new generation of Americans to discover what national parks and other public lands mean to them through the "Find Your Park" campaign. Visit nps.gov or findyourpark.com or follow #findyourpark.
Where the Money Goes
Proceeds from the Flower Show benefit the year-round programs of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society that have become national models of urban greening, including City Harvest, which creates green jobs and supports a network of community gardens that raise fresh produce for families in need.