New Yorkers are used to having the best in everything, but I will concede this: the Philadelphia Flower Show rates among the top shows I’ve been to anywhere. If you love flowers, foliage, gardening – get to Philadelphia March 11-19.

 The butterlfy exhibit is one reason why you should visit the Philadelphia Flower Show

Butterfly exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The annual Philadelphia Flower Show hits town soon and it is a great way to spend a day. The show has special events for kids, adults, and even dogs. This year, the show celebrates “Holland: Flowering the World.”

If you are a gardener or enjoy strolling through botanic gardens, the show is nirvana, and since the northeast is not really a time to see many outdoor blooms, the show is a true harbinger of spring. You can feel winter’s gloom slipping away as you see all the colorful displays.

Here are a few of the highlights of the Philadelphia Flower Show:

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The Make & Take table. Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Get Outside!

Subaru and the National Wildlife Federation have an exhibit on protecting wildlife, which encourages people to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. The Subaru Loves the Earth initiative shows how you can protect and preserve the Earth.


A trail mix bar challenges guests to make a bag of healthy snacks of nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate to munch on as you tour the show.

Feed a Butterfly

The young and young at heart can check out Butterflies Live! In this exhibit, walk around a simulated butterfly habitat (think warm & humid – you might want to layer) and feed butterflies.

Family Day

The last of the show, March 19, is a special Family Day, with extra kid-friendly activities. The Teddy Bear Tea Party welcomes kids and their favorite stuffed animals; a separate ticket is required.

Not Just for Kids

The Railway Garden features large-scale model trains traveling through floral landscapes.

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There are free wine and hard liquor tastings at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits exhibit, part of the World Market. There is also a Pop Up Beer Garden.

And to really enjoy some garden zen, check out the new Garden Spa, which offers a massage chair, mini facials, and skincare product samples, along with a drink of the day, for an extra fee.

Crafts Table

At a make and take area, kids and adults can make floral crafts to bring home.

Buy your tickets online to save a few dollars; the butterfly exhibit, railway garden and make & take crafts cost extra. The show is at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philly.