Flower Shows and Arboretums in Pennsylvania
Chase away those winter blues by surrounding yourself with vibrant colors and fragrant flowers! For all those Happy Travelers out there who have Spring Fever, we’ve compiled some of the best flower shows across Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Garden Show of York
Just Imagine…. The theme of the 2018 Pennsylvania Garden Show of York promises days filled with gardening inspiration and expertise! Held at the York Expo Center, this annual event showcases beautiful displays, a marketplace with countless vendors ready to answer your toughest gardening questions, and seminars sure to inspire any green thumb! Bonus: Wine Tasting in the Garden features a variety of wines produced by the area’s local vineyards.
When: Mar. 2-4
Cost: $10 Adults, Children 12 & under are free.
Philadelphia Flower Show
When you think of flower shows in Pennsylvania, chances are the Philadelphia Flower Show is the first that comes to mind. And rightfully so! The show’s origins date back to 1829, and it’s the oldest and largest indoor event of its kind in the world. Named 2017’s best flower show in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association, this year’s show, the “Wonders of Water,” promises to be equally spectacular! Bonus: Gain exclusive access and then dance the night away to hits from the ‘70s on March 3 or treat your little ones to the Teddy Bear Tea.
When: Mar. 3-11
Longwood Gardens Winter Blues Festival
Longwoods Gardens in Kennett Square promises to chase away those winter blues with its celebration of the color blue, one of the rarest colors in the plant world! Feast your eyes on hundreds of blue-hued blossoms and foliage at the garden’s Winter Blues Festival, featuring live blues performances by a variety of noted artists. Bonus: Learn how to make your own indigo dye vat and dye various types of cloth with the Dogwood Dyer in a “Fabric to Dye For” class.
When: Mar. 3-25
Where: Kennett Square
Lehigh Valley Flower & Garden Show
With its theme "Fields, Farms and Backyards," the 2018 Lehigh Valley Flower & Garden Show at the Allentown Fairgrounds is bigger and better than ever! Stroll through incredible displays filled with flowers, shrubs, trees, and water features from the area’s best landscapers. Find answers to your toughest gardening issues from Penn State Master Gardeners. Bonus: The Garden Railroaders Train display, kid’s scavenger hunt, storytime, and other special activities guarantee your kids won’t be bored.
When: Mar. 9-11
Cost: $7 Adults, Children 12 & under are free
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Spring Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory invites you to stop and smell the flowers at their Spring Flower Show: The Scents of Wonder! Get nose-to-petal with thousands of aromatic lilies, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and countless other spring favorites, and enjoy whimsical displays in many of the rooms including an oversized perfume bottle, apothecary jars, and ornate bathtub. Bonus: 2018 marks the conservatory’s 125 anniversary, so the calendar is chock full of special events and activities that you’ll definitely want to check out.
When: Mar. 10 – Apr. 8
Cost: $17.95 Adults, Child (2-18) $11.95
Hershey Gardens Gardenfest: Free Community Day
Enjoy the splendor of Hershey Gardens and presentations from local gardening and horticultural experts when it opens its doors with free admission on March 11. In addition to the gardens’ 23 acres of botanical beauty and 11 special theme gardens, you’re invited to tour the brand new Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory with its tropical Butterfly Atrium. Bonus: The Butterfly Atrium also houses some really cool-looking bugs from around the world in Bugzone. Not to worry! The bugs are all safely ensconced in glass terrariums.
When: Mar. 11
Central PA Orchid Show
Orchid enthusiasts! You won’t want to miss the 53rd annual Central PA Orchid Show at Penn State University’s Snider Agricultural Arena in State College. Featuring hundreds of beautiful and exotic orchids, the show is sure to dazzle. Bonus: Whether you’re just starting out or are an expert orchid grower, the show offers many opportunities to add to your collection.
When: Apr. 7-8
Where: State College
Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival
Did you know hops are not just for beer making? Check out why the hops plant was named the 2018 Herb of the Year by the International Herb Association and hundreds of other wonderful herbs at the 20 annual Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival at the York Expo Center. Bonus: Find out how the subtleties and nuances of various types of tea and honey combine for the perfect blend at the Tea and Honey Pairing Tasting workshop. Hurry though, space is limited!
When: Apr. 13-14
Cost: $7 Adults, Children 12 & under are free
26th Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium
Looking to spruce your garden up with native plants that look good and do more than their share of the heavy lifting ecology-wise? “Botanical Workhorses” is the featured topic for this year’s Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium at the Farm and Home Center in Lancaster, and includes a number of other interesting topics presented by locally and nationally-renowned garden experts. Bonus: You just might win one of the many door prizes selected especially for plant lovers, and a continental breakfast and lunch are included with admission!
When: Apr. 14
Cost: $65 to register
LEAF’s 20th Birthday and Arbor Day Party
Tree Lovers! What better way to celebrate an arboretum’s birthday and Arbor Day than with a party? The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier (LEAF) is turning 20 and you’re all invited to the party. Be one of the first 100 celebrants and you’ll receive some free goodies. Bonus: Attend one or more of LEAF’s gardening workshops scheduled in February and March for some gardening inspiration on topics like garden design, butterfly-friendly gardening, and more!.
When: Apr. 27
Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival
Bring the whole family to the annual Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival at Manheim’s Overlook Park for a fun-filled and informative day. The event features children’s activities, live animals, local conservation organizations, speakers, and workshops. Bonus: A number of purveyors of native plants will be on hand to help you “go native” and pick the perfect plant(s) to spruce up your garden.
When: Apr. 28
Bowman’s Hill Wildlife Preserve Spring Wildflower Gala
Dress up in your best black-tie and muck boots for the annual Spring Wildflower Gala at the Bowman’s Hill Wildlife Preserve in New Hope. Enjoy a seated gourmet dinner, explore the preserve, and be ready to dance the night away. Bonus: The spirited live and silent auctions are guaranteed to leave you chuckling and knowing that all proceeds will make the preserve and its programs even better.
When: Apr. 28
Where: New Hope
Cost: TBD – available to purchase in Mar.