Philadelphia Flower Show, Orchid Extravaganza 2019 and Free Tickets

It is not too early to start planning on attending the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show.  The show begins March 1 and runs through March 10, 2019 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.  Where were you in the 60s?  If you can remember you weren’t living the hippie life!   The theme for this year’s show is Flower Power so all entrants must celebrate the power of flowers in our lives in their arrangements and landscapes.  This is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of peace signs, tie dyed cloths, and bell bottoms.  Along with the theme of Flower Power goes peace, healing and hope which is sorely needed right now. 

Butterflies fly free in the interactive exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Butterflies are free.

Besides viewing amazing arrangements and landscapes, you can attend floral design workshops and demonstrations, the Butterflies Live exhibit which is an immersive experience which features a native habitat and more than 1000 butterflies of 20 species.  Have you ever fed a butterfly?  In this exhibit you will be given the opportunity.

And this is really amazing.  Want to bring your fur baby?  On Bark Friday, you and your pooch are welcome.  Canines are free but you must have a ticket.  Be sure to read their page regarding requirements and rules about attending with your dog.  And don’t forget that Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast is dog friendly in one room of the main house and both cottages.

Dogs stroll among the flower displays at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Dogs at the Philadelphia Flower Show on Bark Friday. Dogs are free.

This year the show will host the prestigious Florists Transworld Delivery World Cup which will be held the first day of the show with the winners being announced on March 3 at a special gala event.  The competition is held every 4 to 6 years at different locations around the world.  This is the first time since 1985 that the competition is being held in the United States.  It will include entries from 30 countries.  Past winners have been from Korea, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Tickets are on sale now.  More Info  

And during the same time you can visit the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens which runs from January 19 through March 24, 2019.  Get rid of the winter blahs by walking through the conservatory at Longwood Gardens filled with thousands of orchids.   The Cascade Garden features a “waterfall” of Oncidium orchids.  Tickets can be purchased at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast at a small discount.  Most importantly, our tickets are not dated nor timed which gives you more flexibility.  During this time you will find most of the Brandywine Valley attractions are open and not nearly as crowded as during the summer and fall months.

View the orchid curtain wall and arch at Longwood Gardens

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

Stay at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast any time during the Orchid Extravaganza and we’ll give you two free tickets to Longwood Gardens.  You must call us directly to receive this special and mention the Orchid Special.  If you aren’t interested in attending Longwood Gardens, we are also offering a special from January 4 through April 30 of a $25.00 per night discount.  Again, these special deals are only good if you telephone us directly at 610-459-3000 to book your room and mention the specials.  As always, specials cannot be combined, used with gift certificates or any other discount or on holidays.  

So what are waiting for?  Check out our rooms and plan your stay for the coming spring.