2018 Philadelphia Flower Show: Dates, tickets, parking and other need-to-know info


Photo by Julia Hatmaker | jhatmaker@pennlive.com There’s no denying spring is on the horizon when the Philadelphia Flower Show begins. The annual gardening event, put on by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, provides visitors a chance to immerse themselves in a flowery paradise. This year’s theme is “Wonders of Water” and the show is going all in on it. Expect to see a 25-foot waterfall, fish pond, 3-foot-wide water lilies and a rain curtain. But, before you head to the show, there’s a few things you should know. You can buy tickets in advance online at theflowershow.com for $29.95 for adults, $20 for students (ages 17-24) and $17 for children (ages 2-16). Buying after March 2? Tickets sold online at theflowershow.com are $32 for a weekday and $35 for a weekend for adults; $22 for weekdays, $24 for weekends for students and $17 for children. If you want to buy your ticket at the actual box office at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, ticket prices increase to $35 for weekdays, $40 weekends for adults; $24 weekdays, $26 weekends for students and $19 weekdays, $20 weekends for children. Forgot to buy tickets online, but don’t want to pay the full show price? You can get discounted tickets at SEPTA ticket offices. Learn more at septa.org/events/flower.html . The Philadelphia Flower Show has a plethora of hotel packages available on its website. Many include special rates that also toss in tickets to the show. Of the hotels mentioned on the flower show site, the five that are closest to the show itself are: Days Inn Philadelphia Convention Center (1227 Race St.) Hampton Inn Philadelphia Convention Center (1301 Race St.) Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City (1100 Arch St.) Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia (1200 Arch St.) Loews Philadelphia Hotel (1200 Market St.) If you can avoid bringing your car into Philadelphia, you’ll be happier for it. But, if you can’t, the Flower Show has a few tips on where to keep it while you’re exploring the show. You can use SpotHero to save up to 50 percent on parking near the Pennsylvania Convention Center, thanks to a deal with the Flower Show. Simply book your parking spot, in advance, by going to https://spothero.com/philadelphia/pennsylvania-convention-center-parking?referrer=PHILLYFLOWERS18 You can also get $5 parking at the Convention Center Parking Garage (1324 Arch St.) if you use this coupon from the Flower Show.