The Christmas wrapping is tossed out, you’ve recuperated from New Year’s Eve, so now what? No need to wait until spring for the wonders of gardening. It isn’t too soon to start thinking about the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square which begins January 20 and runs until March 25, 2018. And there is also the annual Philadelphia Flower Show which opens March 3 and runs until March 11, 2018.
Up first is the annual Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens which takes place in the 4 acre conservatory. I promise with all the flowers and scents you will think you have been transported to the tropics as soon as you enter. New and original displays are presented each year so even if you’ve attended in the past you are sure to see something new.
Both of these are annual events and are sure to cure your winter blahs. The Philadelphia Flower Show is the world’s oldest and largest indoor event of its type. Run by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1827, this is its 189th year. Running for that long you know they are doing something right! It features spectacular floral displays of all types and sizes and gives you plenty of ideas and time to get your own yard ready for spring. The flower show has been awarded the Grand Pinnacle Gold award from the International Festivals and Events Association’s annual competition which includes top festivals and events around the world. Amateurs, both individuals and garden clubs are encouraged to participate.
The theme of this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show is “Wonders of Water” which focuses on and celebrates the life sustaining connection between plants and water. Imagine tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes all in one place. You will view a multi-level bamboo waterfall and a 28 foot rain curtain as you walk over a suspended rope bridge. You can take home ideas for your own yard such as rain gardens and xeriscaping which will require little to no irrigation. Learn how to use water in your garden featuring fountains, ponds in your garden, and statues for both gardening and amusement. One benefit of this is water always attracts birds to your garden.
Love butterflies? Don’t miss Butterflies Live, their interactive exhibit that is presented by SkyRiver Butterflies from California. You’ll view more than one thousand butterflies and over twenty domestic and exotic plants that attract butterflies and you can feed the butterflies.
If you visit, be sure to allow plenty of time, at least 4 to 6 hours and wear comfortable shoes. The busiest day of the show is usually the last day so plan on coming mid week when the show will be less crowded. The show takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center located at 1101 Arch Street. Advance tickets are $29.95 per person for adults and during the show the cost is $32-$40. For more information click here or call 215-988-8800.
Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast is 30 minutes from Philadelphia and twenty minutes from Longwood Gardens so why not plan a 3 or 4 day visit and go to both. And don’t forget if you purchase tickets to Longwood Gardens from Hamanassett our tickets will save you a couple of dollars but best of all they aren’t timed or dated which offers you more flexibility. So check your schedule and our availabillity and plan on escaping the winter blues for at least a few days.
photo credit: for flowers with pond Alexander Day <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/131291220@N04/26567441986″>The Garden of Eden</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>(license)</a>