The nearly 200-year-old Philadelphia Flower Show runs March 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which sponsors the event, has teamed up with Britain's Royal Horticultural Society to bring British designers, experts and presentations to the show, including Mark Lane, the head gardener for Buckingham Palace.
The show will offer a variety of exhibits that pay homage to all things British, including a digitally enhanced rendition of Big Ben, cottage gardens, a manicured cricket club, a floral take on the crown jewels and a greened-up version of the Union Jack. Visitors will step into a replica British village featuring products from England and a photo exhibit of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee appearance at the renowned Chelsea Flower Show.
A new attraction specifically aimed at men is "The Backyard," an exhibit devoted to outdoor living that features decks, grills, fire pits and garden tools.
For the first time, the show will add an extra day to the event, allowing visitors two full weekends to see hundreds of floral and garden exhibits.
Also new is a chance for the public to get an early behind-the-scenes view of the show during set-up week, Monday through Thursday. Visitors can purchase the Pre-Show Sneak Peek ticket package and watch as elaborate displays and exhibits are constructed.
The Philadelphia Flower Show is March 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch streets. Admission is $32 for adults, $22 for students and $17 for children. The show is free for children under age 2. Hours vary. Go to theflowershow.com. Hotel packages are available, including some that include show tickets. Go to visitphilly.com/flowershow.