Welcome to the Islands of Aloha, in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia International Flower Show  in Philadelphia March 4 through 11. Under 2012’s “Islands of Aloha” theme, guests will be immersed amid authentic Hawaiian dancers and musicians, breathtaking displays of exotic and tropical flora, and an authentic twenty-five foot waterfall, with digital technology that mimics the ocean.

The Flower Show will have an entirely new layout, among other things. Aside from full-scale displays and competitive classes, professionals will partake in floral face-offs providing guests inspirational entertainment. Culinary demonstrations and wine tastings are sure to be a hit, while “The Man Cave” provides a testosterone haven, equipped with a digital surround theater to air local sports. Should you wish to elevate your experience, attend one of the three evening outings, including LGBT night, Wedding Wednesday and Girls’ Night Out, or join the VIP list to meet Bethenny Frankel and sample new additions to her Skinnygirl product line. When it comes to The Flower Show, there’s something for everyone.

The world’s largest indoor flower display will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, located at 12th and Arch Streets. General admissions tickets cost $27 for adults, $20 for students, and $15 for children; prices increase with add-ons. All tickets can be purchased either online or at one of several retail outlets, listed here. Proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Horticultural Society and its renowned urban program, City Harvest. For further information, call (215) 988-8899 or visit the web site.

For Smartphone savvy users, download The Flower Show App for  free maps, schedules, show features and parking advice.

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