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The Philadelphia Flower Show embraces its biggest change in 192 years – this is how 2021 looks

The oldest and largest flower show in the US has broken tradition so the event can continue to bloom in the pandemic

The Philadelphia Flower Show has embraced its biggest change in 192 years - this is how the festival will be different in 2021
(Image credit: Philadelphia Flower Show)

With a history dating back to 1829, the Philadelphia Flower Show has blossomed into one of the biggest celebrations of floriculture in the US. Every year, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society refashions the city's Convention Center into a flower-filled kingdom, which attracts 265,000 people annually. However, this is no ordinary year, and the pandemic has forced the Philadelphia Flower Show to undergo the greatest change in its history. 

Between June 5th- 13th, the Philadelphia Flower Show will take over Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in the south of the historic city- meaning the festival will take place outside, for the very first time. Looking beyond the health and safety benefits, however, there remains an abundance of advantages to moving the event outdoors. 

The move to this verdant location gives celebrants a vast amount of room to bring their creative expressions to life, so we can expect to see even more extravagant horticultural displays than previous years. 

The Philadelphia Flower Show has embraced its biggest change in 192 years - this is how the festival will be different in 2021

(Image credit: Philadelphia Flower Show)

The relocation also means the festival will occur in early June, rather than late winter, as the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is working with event experts and city officials to create an environment that is safe but still taking place in a pleasant climate. 

Further to these precautions, visitors will be given specific time slots to limit attendance at any given time, which allows officials to control social distancing. 

As June marks the peak of the growing season, these dates offer a multitude of opportunities for flower-lovers to wander around a garden of inspiration and start growing and arranging as soon as they arrive home. 

The Philadelphia Flower Show has embraced its biggest change in 192 years - this is how the festival will be different in 2021

(Image credit: Philadelphia Flower Show)

Sam Lemheney, Chief of Shows & Events, further emphasized the benefits of the biggest move in Philadelphia Flower Show history, sharing:

'We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the outdoors and offer joy and beauty after a year that has been marked by so many challenges. This experience is a wonderful example of the enduring and combined power of green space, plants, and gardeners to create impact and inspiration.'

The serene space, in the very heart of Philly, spans over 15 acres, making it the perfect canvas to showcase the most magnificent floral arrangements in the country. It also has extra space for new features, while continuing to include cherished elements of the beloved Philadelphia Flower Show.