Love flowers? Why not head to Philadelphia for the annual Philadelphia Flower Show for a cheap weekend getaway. The flower show runs for an entire week. This year it was scheduled to take place on March 2nd until March 9th.
The 2008 Philadelphia Flower Show takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. It is the oldest flower and garden show in the United States, and is said to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Admissions to this flower show ranges from $24 to $28 for adults and $13 to $17 for children. Bonus: A family or group package is also available for only $21.50. The exhibits all throughout the duration of the event teach spectators how to beautify their gardens with the usual as well as exotic plants. Apt to the event's theme this year, Jazz It Up!, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is decorated with large floating piano keys and musical notes. You are sure to enjoy yourselves in this cheap weekend getaway once you enter the Rhythm Rooms Jazz Club. The center is literally an indoor garden with a series of vines all around, floral chandeliers, palm trees and more.
Aside from the abundance of flowers and other plants, there is one more essential factor in this event that is present all week: music! In the parade, traditional street dancing from the Big Easy occurs. Other local musical acts are Big Sam, Hoppin' Jam Orchestra and UCC Brass Band. These acts all perform at the Bourbon Street Stage. If the street gets too crowded for you, you do not have to worry about not being able to enjoy some music for this cheap weekend getaway. Head to the Legends Stage where homegrown talents such as Sam Ruttenberg, Denise Bruckno, and the Crosstown Brass Quintet perform classical and contemporary jazz genres.
The Philadelphia Flower Show's Competitive Class division exhibits thousands of plants, collections and flower arrangements for hundreds of different categories. This competition is judged by hundreds of judges coming from all over the United States. On this cheap weekend getaway, you get to witness the announcement of winners and the awarding ceremonies during the Philadelphia Flower Show's last day on Sunday, March 9th.
This show is a haven for those people blessed with the green thumb, or those who are interested to learn some gardening. Special attractions at the show include lectures on flower arrangement, growing orchids, container gardening, landscaping, techniques on how to repel pests and more. Other things you might find interesting at the show are gardening information from experts, culinary artistry and shopping. At the shops, you will find unique gardening books and other reading materials that will help you "jazz up" your lawn.
Conclude your weekend getaway with a visit to the Marketplace. Enjoy good buys and good deals from over 150 quality vendors. At the Marketplace, you will find sculptures, gardening tools, plants, bonsai, orchids, artworks, garden decors and furniture, jewelry, handicrafts, birdhouses, glassware and more.
The experience at the Philadelphia Flower Show not only is a fun trip. It is also very informative, especially for those who love gardening and those who want to learn. With all the exhibits, the lectures and the great deals on tools and plants, this cheap weekend getaway offers long term rewards in terms of gardening.