I think at this point it’s safe to say that Spring has sprung…although Mother Nature has had the coldest sense of humor lately so don’t hold me to that for another (checks The Weather Channel app) three days or so. (No seriously the weather in Philly spans a whole 37 degrees over the upcoming weekend with the warmest day at 71 and the very next day? Forty eight degrees.)
Thankfully, since 1829 the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show has served as a refreshing, annual reminder to 250,000 visitors that Spring has indeed arrived…even as Mother Nature currently works to figure out her life (which we humans have made increasingly difficult–thanks, global warming).
This year I received an invitation to attend by FTD, a sponsor of the show and “the premier floral and gifting company.” Having gone in years past to admire the artwork, passion and skills of some of the top horticulturists in the world, it was a no-brainer to make room in the schedule to get there this time around.
While the usual happenings and sights (i.e. the design gallery, awards, presentations, Butterflies Live!, vendors and more) are always worth the ticket, there were some great new additions–one of which totally sent the 7-year-old me nearly cartwheeling with joy.
Created with the idea of offering relaxation, shopping, education and entertainment, the market featured a Designer’s Studio, Make & Take craft station, Fine Wine & Good Spirits hub, Pop Up Beer Garden, and a floral shop. Check out highlights from two below.
Designer’s Studio – If the floral design competitions weren’t enough to hook attendees, the celebrity guests featured at the FTD Designer Studio certainly were. Guests ranged from actors to bloggers to a former White House florist and offered invaluable tips for green-thumbers who want to spruce up their environments.
Make & Take – More like make way…here comes the cartwheels. I may have squealed just a bit when I finally tracked down where everyone had gotten their floral head crowns. After paying an additional $10 bucks, I dove in and channeled my inner Oshun-Beyonce-Mother Earth-Queen of FertilityAndFeminity and POW! I officially crowned myself and have since considered issuing a royal decree that requires my daughters to call me Mother Queen every time I wear it. (We won’t discuss how they’d probably laugh in my face.)
For an additional $21-30, those who desired to unwind a bit after all of the walking (because there is a lot of it) could enjoy a spa experience. The great thing about this newbie was that you could get a massage regardless of the selected package (electronic vs. hands-on made the price difference), not to mention the perks included with both: a complimentary bar and sampling of the drink of the day, free sample of aromatherapy and essential oils , a “make & take” pouch of potpourri, as well as make-up tips and skin care samples.
In keeping us awesomely phenomenal, kick-ass women in mind–especially during Women’s History Month –FTD encouraged attendees to get engaged on social media via their initiative #ILookToHer . The hashtag essentially serves as a platform for anyone–yes, even you right now–to take a photo, tag a woman who is inspiring and possibly have it featured on their website. A few lucky people who took their photo at the FTD Booth were surprised with free flower bouquets. Can you say, winning?
Overall, I’d have to say the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society did an awesome job of kicking the show up a few notches this year! If you missed it, save the date for next year now: March 3-11, 2018.
In the meantime, check out some of the moments captured by the SS Team:
– Sincerely Syreeta